My book club had our bimonthly get together last night, and it was fantastic! I love our gatherings, and I'm already looking forward to our meeting in October. I'm sure it will be here faster than I expect. The ladies in my book club love eating, drinking, and socializing just as much as we love books. Our book club meetings usually include more catching up than they do actual book talk, but we think we strike a good balance. We chose a "fun summer book" for this month: Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. What a fantastic fun summer book it was. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads and highly recommend it. A quick summary:
Bernadette Fox is considered a fearlessly opinionated partner, a disgrace, a revolutionary architect, a best friend, and a mother. When she disappears before a family trip to Antarctica, her daughter Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence to help find her—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
The book's author Maria Semple used to be a writer for Arrested Development (one of my favorite shows), and her clever wit shows up throughout the book. Her characters are lovable and complex and strange, and their interactions are often hilarious. I enjoyed her descriptions of Antarctica so much that I told Paul that we will be taking an Antarctica cruise...right after we win the lottery.
Yay for food, drinks, friends, and books! These things pretty much complete my life.