Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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If you haven’t yet read Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Little, Brown and Company 2012; out in paperback this month) it will likely be your favorite beach read this summer, so I won’t give away the ending.  It’s the beautiful and hilarious story of 15 year old Bee Branch’s attempt to understand what happened when her mother disappeared without warning on the day before they were set to leave for an Antarctic vacation. A modern epistolary novel, the book is Bee’s organization of the p … [Read more...]

Could You Survive Alone With Your Spouse For A Year?

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My wife often likes to tell this anecdote about our honeymoon, because it highlights one of the great differences between our personalities, and it reveals our naiveté as newlyweds. We honeymooned in Washington state, and did a lot of driving through its beautiful countryside. My wife likes to talk while driving: about where we're going, what we're going to do, and so forth. I, however, dislike talking while driving. I prefer to simply absorb the passing scenery, preferably while listening to so … [Read more...]


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