I know. April is almost over. But I could not let the month end without sharing my favorite April book.
If you are just now joining this little blog community, you should know I am a big nerd. I love to read. It’s the last thing I do each night before going to sleep. I find it relaxing. And the only time I don’t complete my nightly ritual is when I pass out putting my kids to bed. That happens about once a week and always end badly … normally with me waking up in the middle of the night, smeared makeup all over my face, and wondering how many hours I’ve been sandwiched between a little person and 16 stuffed animals.
Anyway, back to my April pick … WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE by Maria Semple. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It’s 330 pages and I read it in 3 days! With a full time job and 3 small children. That alone should tell you how much of a page turner it is.
First, it is well written. And when I say that, I mean, it is witty, satirical, and whip-smart. Not to mention hilarious. It is told through a series of letters … and through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl named Bee, about her mother, Bernadette. And even though you never really leave the town of Seattle, you are taken on a wild adventure – sometimes to places only your mind can navigate. A true compassionate version of family dysfunction at its best, or worst, in this case.
Secondly, if you are looking for a refreshing take on love and the true bond between mother and daughter, this book is for you. Sprinkled on the pages, is the story of a family we all can relate to … and one that exemplifies the meaning of forgiveness.
Thirdly, and more than anything, it’s a novel that gives hope. Hope that no matter how shady life can get, the sun can always find its was out from behind the clouds. You can point your life in a new direction, simply by being aware a change of course is needed for your families survival!
So, happy reading to all of my fellow book worms! WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE is a National Best Seller and translated in multiple languages, for a reason!