Thanks for joining us! This month we’re discussing Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To other private-school mothers she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect. But to 15-year-old Bee, she is simply Mom. Then Bernadette vanishes. It all began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But the idea of this trip sends Bernadette into an agoraphobic spiral. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence to form a story about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.
In This Episode We Mention
(We went pretty off-track this time)
Email chains as juicy reading;
Where’d you go, question mark in this book title?;
Sputnik light fixtures and Alcatraz spoons;
Where’d you go, actual letters?;
Our love of hearing from our listeners;
Author spot by Brenda Sciberras;
Can You Tell Me A Book You Would Also Like?
Kirsten: Little Fish by Casey Plett;
Trevor: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Nerd Words for Word Nerds
Trevor: Epistolary novel (a work of literature written in the style of letters, emails, texts, documents, etc)
Alan: Nonplussed (Bernadette’s definition – “So surprised and embarrassed one doesn’t know how to react”. And Merriam-Webster’s definition – “1: unsure about what to say, think, or do: Perplexed – 2: chiefly US – not bothered, surprised, or impressed by something”);
Many thanks for their comments to our online buds Karrie, Jazzy5164, oh never more-o, and roadsideattraction addict. Special shout out to Allison for listening to every episode, and to Mr Fan, who is apparently also a fan. And another special shout out to Gemma Swan on Youtube for having a tutorial on how to play the Friends theme on ukulele.
Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included Alan Chorney, Kirsten Wurmann, Erica Ball, and Trevor Lockhart. Occasional comments by Dennis Penner. Our webmaster is Arryn Seburn. Our social media guru is Reegan Breu. Audio production and music by Dennis Penner.