Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple is considered a "comedic novel" and I agree it is funny. I would also characterize it as a light mystery.
If you are a mom, the characters will be familiarly funny without being too deep or causing you to be overly reflective of your own life.
Overall this is a light read, extremely enjoyable and I highly recommend it.
A small synopsis of the story to wet your appetite -
This is a great summer read! Liane Moriarty has crafted an engaging story that any woman can relate to. If you are a mom, never been a mom, married, never been married, young, old, divorced, widowed... What Alice Forgot includes strong female characters in varying stages and ages of life and somehow in the midst of this smooth, easy read we really get to know them all.
The title infers memory loss and the book summary tells you Alice has forgotten the last 10 years of her life. Without giving away too much, this is the story of her figuring things out at 39 while thinking and feeling like she is a 29 year old newlywed with one newborn.
Alice has absolutely no memory of the years in between!
SOS Quick Content Review is a new addition to my book reviews starting with the Lily and the Octopus review. All previous book reviews will hopefully have an SOS Quick Content Review added at some point however for now this is a new feature ongoing.
What is an SOS Quick Content Review?
Well much like movie reviews, where sexual content, profane words and possibly some other categories are reviewed specifically, the SOS Quick Content Review will do the same. Focusing at first on sexual and profane content. I will not be counting curse words like some movie reviews do however, I will rate the profanities as "none, little, moderate or excessive" and give my opinion on the context.
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Spoken in Lily’s excited “voice”, which has now become all dog speak for me.
What an endearing story about Ted and Lily, about their years together and the lessons learned from having the bond that develops between a dog and their human. How the human takes those lessons and applies them to life.
We meet the people in Ted’s extended life, his love of 6 years, his family, his best friend, his therapist and his inner self which inevitably can relate in some way to everyone.
After all, we are all humans on this journey experiencing family, friends, love, loss and the inner searching about what it all means.
Judy Blume – a true phenomenon who has been able to write for all ages for all times it seems.
I have always enjoyed her children’s books from Fudge to Are you there God, it’s me Margaret. What a treat now to be able to enjoy her work for adults. Enjoy is exactly what I did as I read In the Unlikely Event.
Taking us on a journey to Judy’s childhood hometown Elizabeth, New Jersey where we meet a cast of characters whose lives intertwine in some unexpected ways.
Written from the perspective of several characters we see life, love and tragedy through the eyes of children, adults and elderly residents.
Scout and Atticus we meet again in this timely story that surprisingly was written in 1957 before the beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird was even an idea. Harper Lee’s publisher liked the manuscript but asked her to write a story from Scout’s perspective as a young child. She did just that in To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman was buried away only to be discovered and then published almost 60 years later in July 2015.
As a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird picking up Go Set a Watchman was a no brainer.
I was delighted to visit Macomb, Alabama again through the eyes of grown up Scout, referred to most often now as Jean Louise. The book drew me in and at first I was not sure why a dear friend had warned me about some unsettling things I would come to discover in reading this “new” book of Harper Lee’s. In the story Scout is coming home to Macomb, Alabama from New York City for a visit with her aging father Atticus, her eccentric Uncle, her Aunt and Henry (Hank). Calpernia (Cal), the housekeeper who helped raise Scout, also makes a brief appearance.
At this point I will say *spoiler alert* in case you want to stop here, read the book in its entirety and then (hopefully) return for my thoughts and to give me yours. If you don't mind spoilers...read more.
When the movie adaptation of this John Green novel was making its debut, the book of course became hugely popular as well. Being a fearful mom at the time (remember rules vs. reason) I completely rejected the story, even after my almost 18 year old both read the book and watched the movie. I didn't trust her enough to really hear her regarding its content and how she experienced this profound story. Needless to say, that was not my proudest moment as a mom. All I could hear were the rants of other fearful Christians in my peer group saying the movie was glorifying teenage sex as a way of satisfying the needs of the hurting teens depicted in The Fault in our Stars.
This could not be further from the truth.
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller is one of those books that you can sink in to with a lot of aha's and "yes exactly!" kind of moments. At least for me it was. Growing up in the American Christian culture of the southeastern US I had a lot of questions and concerns about my faith even into adulthood. This book brought a freedom to my faith and sparked a passion for people like I never had before. With his brutal honesty, sharing his thoughts and feelings, Donald Miller brings to light what many people, who are Christians think but are afraid to say, do but are afraid to show, desire but are afraid to try.
Blue Like Jazz helped me discover true freedom from religion.
Blue Like Jazz was published in 2003. In a recent blog post the author, Donald Miller, explains why he is glad he is not the same guy he was then,