Sample Saturday – a teen, short stories, and a playwright

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.

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Why I have it: Enticed by Beck’s comparison with Curtis Sittenfeld’s style

Summary: Shy and bookish Mary Jane lands a summer job as a nanny in the home of a local psychiatrist, who is helping a famous rock star dry out. Mary Jane introduces her new household to crisply ironed clothes and a family dinner schedule, and they introduce her to a liberal world of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Last Evenings On Earth by Roberto Bolaño

Why I have it: Because the therapist in In Treatment was reading it.

Summary: Short stories focused on the theme of exile and quests.

I’m thinking: No.

We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman

Why I have it: Because of Susan’s review.

Summary: After a humiliating scandal, a young writer flees to the West Coast to start over, where she is drawn into the morally-ambiguous orbit of a charismatic filmmaker and the teenage girls who are her next subjects.

I’m thinking: Yes.

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