Sam

Book Review: Sam

As a book critic, I recently had the pleasure of reading Allegra Goodman’s latest novel, Sam. Set to be published by Random House Publishing Group on January 3, 2023, this book is already causing a stir in the literary world. After reading it myself, I can confidently say that it deserves all the attention it’s getting and more.

The plot of Sam is centered around a woman named Samantha (hence the title) who is struggling to balance her personal and professional life. She’s ambitious, driven and incredibly intelligent but finds herself at a crossroads when her work as a scientist collides with her desire for motherhood. The story follows Samantha as she navigates these competing desires alongside an ensemble of well-developed characters.

What struck me most about Sam was how authentically human each character felt. Goodman has crafted complex individuals with their own unique motivations and desires, making them feel real and relatable. This was particularly true for Samantha herself – I found myself rooting for her throughout the book, despite some of her flawed decision-making.

The writing style itself was engaging and easy to follow. Goodman has a way with words that allows you to fully immerse yourself in each scene without feeling weighed down by heavy prose or unnecessary exposition.

One thing that stood out to me as a potential criticism was that at times the plot felt predictable. There were certain story beats that I saw coming from miles away which made certain moments lose their impact. However, this didn’t detract too much from my overall enjoyment of the book.

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Overall, I would give Sam four out of five stars. The characters were compelling, the writing was strong and it left me feeling deeply moved by Samantha’s journey. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an engaging read with heart and depth.

Sam

publishedDate : 2023-01-03

authors : Allegra Goodman

publishers : Random House Publishing Group

pageCount : 336

Review: ‘Sam,’ by Allegra Goodman – The New York Times

Jan. 3, 2023. SAM , by Allegra Goodman. In her latest novel, ” Sam ,” Allegra Goodman delivers a portrait of a girl at risk that shimmers with an unusual intimacy and depth. Her title character …

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Author by : Dani Gabriel
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2019-09-10
Publisher by : Penny Candy Books

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Description : Meet Sam, his annoying but amazing sister, and their parents on a family's journey through Sam's transition....






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Sam

Author by : Ann Herbert Scott
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1967
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Sam

Author by : Allegra Goodman
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2023-01-03
Publisher by : National Geographic Books

ISBN :

Description : “I’ve been an Allegra Goodman fan for years, but Sam is hands down my new favorite. I loved this powerful and endearing portrait of a girl who must summon deep within herself the grit and wisdom to grow up.”—Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers What happens to a girl’s sense of joy and belonging—to her belief in herself—as she becomes a woman? This unforgettable portrait of coming-of-age offers subtle yet powerful reflections on class, parenthood, addiction, lust, and the irrepressible power of dreams. “There is a girl, and her name is Sam.” So begins Allegra Goodman’s moving and wise new novel. Sam is seven years old and living in Beverley, Massachusetts. She adores her father, though he isn’t around much. Her mother struggles to make ends meet, and never fails to remind Sam that if she studies hard and acts responsibly, adulthood will be easier—more secure and comfortable. But comfort and security are of little interest to Sam. She doesn’t fit in at school, where the other girls have the right shade of blue jeans and don’t question the rules. She doesn’t care about jeans or rules. All she wants to climb. Hanging from the highest limbs of the tallest trees, scaling the side of a building, Sam feels free. As a teenager, Sam begins to doubt herself. She yearns to be noticed, even as she wants to disappear. When her climbing coach takes an interest in her, his attention is more complicated than she anticipated. She resents her father’s erratic behavior, but she grieves after he’s gone. And she resists her mother’s attempts to plan for her future, even as that future draws closer. The simplicity of this tender, emotionally honest novel is what makes it so powerful. Sam by Allegra Goodman will break your heart, but will also leave you full of hope....






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Author by : Michele Dufresne
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2015-09-01
Publisher by :

ISBN :

Description : Sam is going up the stairs, up the ladder, and more!...






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Shoebox Sam

Author by : Mary Brigid Barrett
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2011-07-19
Publisher by : Zonderkidz

ISBN :

Description : The pink slippers on the wall catch her eye. “Those are the most beautiful shoes I’ve seen in all my life.” Down at the corner of Magnolia and Vine, you’ll find the shop of Shoebox Sam--where old shoes become like new again and anyone in need finds a friend. Delia and Jessie spend Saturdays with Shoebox Sam, helping him with customers, rich and poor. They learn about giving and caring, loving and sharing. Then one day, when a customer notices a prized pair of shoes, they uncover their greatest lesson of all....






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Author by : Amy Hest
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2021-04-06
Publisher by : Candlewick Press

ISBN :

Description : "This follow-up to the best-selling Kiss Good Night will comfort little ones like a cozy blanket that’s tucked in just right." — Booklist (starred review) In the little white house, Mrs. Bear is putting Sam to bed, when suddenly — HCK HCK! coughs Sam. Mrs. Bear gets some syrup. But the syrup tastes bad, and there’s too much of it on a too-big spoon, and it’s too hard to swallow. What will make Sam feel better? Acclaimed picture-book creators Amy Hest and Anita Jeram revisit Sam and Mrs. Bear as they share a quiet moment of comfort that is enough to conquer the coldest night....






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Author by : R Clifford Blair
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2021-06-14
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Description : Franklin Pierce Holloway learns about love, loyalty and loss on the porch swing of his home in small-town Alabama from his faithful Bluetick hound, Tyrone, his best friend, Sam, and Butler, the new boy in town. When a new boy moves in to the house next door, nine-year-old Franklin is worried about competition for the affection of his best friend, Sam. Sam lives two doors down, is the daughter of his mother's best friend and spends most evenings at Franklin's house watching TV. Sam saved Franklin from the town bully in first grade when she beat the holy living tar out of the bully because he sat on Franklin's back. Already, Franklin knows he will always love Sam. By the end of their yearly vacation in a remote summer home on St. Teresa Beach, Franklin realizes he has grown to love the strange character who moved in next door and feels an overwhelming desire to protect him, not only from the town bullies, but also from those who scorn him simply because he looks different. Sam, Tyrone, the Streak, and Me is a story of enduring love, abiding friendships, and hope for surviving the stormy seas of life from an unusual source, the Little Petunia....






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