Dear Readers, one of my favourite things about book clubs is the chance to read something you probably wouldn’t otherwise pick up. That’s why I’m excited to join you in reading this month’s Time to Read podcast selection: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple.
From what I can tell, the book is a whimsical account of Bernadette, an architect and agoraphobe who, you guessed it, goes missing. It then falls to her 15-year-old daughter Bee to figure out where her mother went and why.
On my own, I probably wouldn’t read this book; not because it doesn’t sound appealing, but because there are just so many other books to read that Where’d You Go Bernadette wouldn’t make the cut. But now that I am reading it, do I ever have some questions!
- Usually, a 15-year-old protagonist is a dead giveaway that a book is for teens. Why is this book aimed at adults?
- When something is very popular it makes me very curious to know why. What makes this book so compelling that it spent one year on the New York Times Bestseller List?
- The book is creative in that it uses emails, memos, and transcripts to tell the story. Will this be an effective story telling strategy?
- Most importantly, why is there no question mark at the end of the title?
But those are just my questions going into this. Do you have questions or comments of your own? Be sure to let us know on our Time to Read Facebook group, our website wpl-podcast.winnipeg.ca, or by writing to us at email@example.com.
~Alan and the rest of the Time to Read team