Sample Saturday – three 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 Mystery of the Exploding Teeth by Thomas Morris

Why I have it: Who doesn’t love a medical curiosity…?

Summary: A collection of stories about strange historical medical cases and weird remedies (from using crow’s vomit to port-wine enemas).

I’m thinking: No. A few stories for novelty value perhaps but not compelled to read a whole book.

Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes

Why I have it: Came across it when I was doing some Berlin research last year (and also, isn’t that cover superb?).

Summary: Examines the sixteen days in August 1936 when the Olympic Games were staged in Berlin, and when Nazi oppression was temporarily lifted. A skilled PR exercise?

I’m thinking: Yes, I like these sorts of ‘up close’ examinations of history.

Smile or Die by Barbara Ehrenreich

Why I have it: Not sure.

Summary: How positive thinking has fooled the world.

I’m thinking: Yes, have been interested in research around ‘optimism’ for a while.

8 responses

  1. The Ehrenreich is terrific — so cutting. I bought the Morris with a birthday book voucher last year and kept it as a bedside book, reading one or two vignettes per night. A few cases are intriguing and funny, but mostly I found his sense of humour puerile.

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