Sample Saturday – ballooning, DNA, and the Berlin Wall

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

Why I have it: Because it includes themes of grief.

Summary: Ballooning, photography, love and grief; a book about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart.

I’m thinking: No – first chapter on ballooning didn’t grab me.

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Why I have it: a genetics memoir!

Summary: Through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. Her entire history changed in an instant.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

Why I have it: Reviewed by JulzReads.

Summary: A former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family – of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

I’m thinking: Yes.

4 responses

  1. Forty Autumns tempts me the most, I’ll look forward to your review when you get to it!

    I’d heard of things like Dani Shapiro’s experience happening but only vaguely, it must be so shocking if that’s not why you did the test.

    I have to be in the mood for Julian Barnes – I do like ballooning as a theme though…

  2. I’d love that book about the Berlin Wall. I know families who were seaparated and couldn’t see each other for all that time. So heart-breakting.

  3. The Shapiro is terrific — I know you’ll enjoy it. I’ve read most books by Barnes, including that one, but I don’t have strong memories of it. He wrote a few in quick succession following the death of his wife, and they’ve kind of blended together for me.

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