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.

A Mad Love by Vivien Schweitzer

Why I have it: Because I love opera.

Summary: Schweitzer acquaints readers with the genre’s most important composers and some of its most influential performers, recounts long-standing debates, and explains essential terminology.

I’m thinking: Maybe (will it hold enough that’s new to me?)

Aftermath by Harald Jähner

Why I have it: Came across it during November 2021 (nonfiction and German).

Summary: Germany, 1945: cities have been reduced to rubble and more than half of the population are where they do not belong or do not want to be – a society corrupted, demoralised and freed, all at the same time.

I’m thinking: Yes. The author speaks of the ‘strange nostalgia’ that existed after WWII and I wondered how the same would apply to Covid.

Fierce Poise by Alexander Nemerov

Why I have it: Appeared multiple times on the Best of 2021 list.

Summary: A biography of twentieth-century painter, Helen Frankenthaler, as she came of age as both an artist and a woman in the vibrant art world of 1950s New York.

I’m thinking: Yes.

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