Sample Saturday – nonfiction picks

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.

The File: A Personal History by Timothy Garton Ash

Why I have it: via What’s Nonfiction?

Summary: When Ash graduated from Oxford in 1978, he went to live in Berlin, ostensibly to research and write about Nazism. But once there, he gradually immersed himself in a study of the repressive political culture of East Germany. As if to return the favor, that culture – in the form of the dreaded Stasi – secretly began studying him. After the fall of the Wall, Ash accessed his Stasi files.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal by Helena Merriman

Why I have it: also via What’s Nonfiction?

Summary: In 1962, Joachim Rudolph, a student, dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall. Waiting on the other side in East Berlin – dozens of men, women and children; all willing to risk everything to escape.

I’m thinking: Yes.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Why I have it: Not sure.

Summary: Lia Lee was born in 1982 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, over-medication, and culture clash.

I’m thinking: Yes.

8 responses

      • Lucky you! I really wish I’d been able to visit Berlin before the Wall came down, and again soon after it did. All my time in Germany had been spent in the south until 2014 when I finally got to Berlin.

  1. I’m so glad I could convince you to give those two a try! I think they were both excellent but Tunnel 29 is just above and beyond. It’s so good. And I also loved The Spirit Catches You, so good choice there too 🙂

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