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.
Stranger Care by Sarah Sentilles
Why I have it: Popped up in my Goodreads stream.
Summary: After their decision not to have a biological child, Sarah Sentilles and her husband, Eric, decide to adopt via the foster care system. Despite knowing that the system’s goal is reunification with the birth family, Sarah opens their home to a child. The memoir chronicles Sarah’s discovery of what it means to mother.
I’m thinking: Yes.
Car Crash by Lech Blaine
Why I have it: Recommended by a friend.
Summary: Lech Blaine walked away unscratched from a car crash that killed three of his friends and left two in comas. In the aftermath, he dealt with rumours, media and police scrutiny, and he used alcohol to numb his grief and social media to show stoicism, while secretly spiralling towards depression.
I’m thinking: Yes but I know now it will make me bawl.
After the Storm by Emma Jane Unsworth
Why I have it: Because I sensed there was more to Adults than fiction.
Summary: Six months after the birth of her son, Unsworth discovers that nothing – from pregnancy to birth and beyond – has gone as she expected.
I’m thinking: No (but will keep it in the memory bank if I feel like a new-motherhood-memoir).
I’m quite tempted by After the Storm, although the subject wouldn’t normally appeal. EJU is such an engaging writer.
Not tempted by any of these. I didn’t know whether the Lech Blaine was a novel or non fiction
I’m keen on the Sentilles, too. The Unsworth was good, but in all honesty her story was better distilled into her essay for the Dodo Ink anthology Trauma.