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.
Beautiful Failures by Lucy Clark
Why I have it: Because I was disappointed to miss a Wheeler Centre session where Clark was speaking.
Summary: By traditional standards, Clark’s daughter was a ‘failure’ at school. Or did school fail her? Clark challenges accepted wisdoms about schooling, calls on parents to examine their own expectations, and questions the purpose of education, and indeed the purpose of childhood.
“School is not for everyone. Oh Well.
Oh well? The more I thought about it, the more this seemed like a pathetic surrender… shouldn’t school be for everyone?”
I’m thinking: Yes – it’s relevant to me.
When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank T. Vertosick Jr.
Why I have it: Because I love McDreamy in Grey’s. That’s not a good reason, is it?
Summary: Neurosurgeons are the rock stars of doctors (compared to say, dermatologists).
“The high stakes make it tough. Unlike other parts of the body, the brain and spinal cord have little capacity for self-repair… when I cut a nerve, it stays cut. Neurosurgeons do things that cannot be undone.”
I’m thinking: Yes. Maybe it’s self-indulgent to be a brain surgeon and write a book but I want to read tales from the operating table.
Why I have it: I think Lianne alerted me to this one.
Summary: For the better part of Marie Antoinette’s reign, one man was entrusted with the sole responsibility of ensuring that her coiffure was at its ostentatious best. His opinions influenced more than her ‘do’ though…
I’m thinking: Maybe – this was one of those rare but frustrating Kindle samples that was mostly introductory notes, a foreword and a map – so, no real feel for the writing.