14 in 2014 Book Club: “Where’d you go Bernadette” *(January 2014)

The 14 in 2014 online book club has returned in 2014!  Our first pick is “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple.  I loved this book, immediately upon beginning.  Turns out that the author worked in writing sitcoms in her past and this book reads just like that; fast-paced, hilarious, touching and addictive!  And the hilarious, snarky email banter between characters Soon-Lin and Audrey had me in stitches.  (note: this book club is so effective, because of the awesome ladies in it!  I have been trying to do this kind of thing for years and never actually did it.  Read more about that here. I never read any of those books listed…so sad!)  Join us on Facebook!

14 in 2014 book club

January 2014 Book Club pick

Read more here about what the NYtimes had to say about this awesome book pick for our club.

“The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.” (NYtimes) 

Also, how adorable is Bee, the main character?  She is one of my favorite leading ladies for her curiosity, uniqueness and ability to stand apart from her granola-eating, Seattle, prep-school buddies. Bee’s parents Bernadette and Elgin are so wonderfully flawed and real that a real parent like myself cannot help but love them.  And the end of the novel, well…gasp!  I loved that too!

What did you guys think?  Join us for February’s book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.  

Last year’s 13 in 2013 book club included the following:

“The Light Between Oceans”Mindy Kaling’s hilarious memoir, Gone Girl, Flight Behavior, Sweet Tooth, The Normal Bar, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, And the Mountains Echoed.

More book reviews here (ideas for book club!):

“Sightseeing”

“American Dervish”

 

 

July’s Book Club Book: “The Light Between Oceans”

So, did everyone finish reading “The Light Between Oceans” and have a little time to recover?

All I have to say is that our August book (“The Secret Keeper”) better be happier!

"The Light Between Oceans"

I knew I was done for as soon as I met the main characters, Izzy (really!??) and Tom.  However, despite the UBER depressing story of love, lies, deception and parenting, I truly liked this tale.  The details about Australia were compelling, the narration about life as a lighthouse keeper was interesting, the tale of baby Lucy was heart-wrenching and I could not put the book down.

However, I was literally sobbing at the end.  I was snorting-alone-on-the-couch-style crying.  A bit intense!

I especially loved the tender moments between Tom and Lucy and the description of their beautiful connection.  Also, I loved to see how the resolution of the tale worked out.  Don’t worry, I won’t spoil any more!

What did you think? Also, how beautiful was the cover art?

13 books for 2013 – Book Club

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Hi there!
Lets read 13 great books in 2013…shall we?

First book (my choice, Katie gets to pick February’s!): “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society“.
So far, I’m in love! It’s compelling! Written in a series of letters which go back and forth from an amazingly unique and refreshing group of very eclectic characters, I literally can’t put it down. Love that!

Have you read it?

Want to pick the next book? You do…

Get in on the (nerdy) fun!

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