Sample Saturday – war, Florence, and an airport

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 Third Chopstick by Biff Ward

Why I have it: because of Sue’s review.

Summary: Biff Ward, herself a protester, seeks to understand the Vietnam War from multiple angles.

I’m thinking: Yes.

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

Why I have it: because a good reading friend raved about it.

Summary: Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Lucrezia becomes the substitute bride. Still just a girl, Lucrezia must make her way in a troubled court where her arrival is not universally welcomed.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson

Why I have it: Reader in my Goodreads feed gave a glowing review.

Summary: In a first-class lounge at JFK airport, our narrator listens as Jeff Cook, a former classmate he only vaguely remembers, shares the uncanny story of his adult life—a life that changed course years before, the moment he resuscitated a drowning man.

I’m thinking: Yes.

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