Sample Saturday – a nonfiction hat-trick

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 Lonely Century by Noreena Hertz

Why I have it: spotted at Tasmanian Bibliophile at Large.

Summary: In some ways we’re more ‘connected’ than ever but equally, loneliness has become the defining condition of the twenty-first century. Hertz examines the mental and physical health implications of loneliness, as well as the economic, political and social implications.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Heal Me by Julia Buckley

Why I have it: recommended by Madame Bibi.

Summary: Like a third of the UK population, Buckley has a chronic pain condition that doctors say can’t be cured. She doesn’t believe them but does believe in miracles, and goes in search of one. She explores the boundaries between science, psychology and faith with practitioners on the fringes of conventional, traditional and alternative medicine.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Ill Feelings by Alice Hattrick

Why I have it: suggested by a work colleague.

Summary: Memoir, medical history, biography and literary non-fiction is used to uncover untold case histories of medically unexplained and invisible illness. Structured around the author own ‘ill feelings’, Hattrick’s collective biography of illness branches out into the records of ill health women have written about in diaries and letters (including those of Virginia Woolf, Alice James, and Emily Dickinson),

I’m thinking: Yes.

4 responses

  1. Hooray for the health theme to this post!

    I’ve read a few other surveys of the loneliness epidemic (The Loneliness Cure by Kory Floyd, The Lonely City by Olivia Laing, Seek You by Kristen Radtke), but not that one.

    Heal Me is terrific. I had a review and interview with Buckley at release:

    I’ve been slowly working my way through the Hattrick at the moment. I much prefer that colourful cover to the spartan Fitzcarraldo Editions one!

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