Oct/Nov Book Selection: Where'd you go Bernadette

Being manic, I just realized we never posted our Oct/Nov... now December book selection!

A few of us didn't read the book in time which resulted in pushing back out chat to our annual meet up in Santa Fe.  We intended to discuss this months book selection in person, and on video skype with a few friends.

It didn't happen.

So, take three!  We are planning to discuss Where'd you go, Bernadette December 4th.  I can't wait!  I have so much to say about this book.  99% good, 1% wow... ;)

This is a book that leaves me thinking how brilliant authors are:
- How did author Maria Semple come up with idea for this book?
- Bernadette... I LOVED the first part of the book, the story, the history, her involvement with neighbors and the community.  Do you know anyone like Bernadette?

 Visit her website and you get an idea that she's fun and quirky.

THIS could be our book club!

Synopsis: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Have you read the book?  What did you think?

August Book Selection: Inferno

Written by: Mari

How's your summer going? I'm back from a three week adventure to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, finding time to relax and settle in with a good book.

I'm listening to Inferno while walking my dogs, folding clothes, weeding... enjoying it and with each book a stand alone I haven't had any issues starting with book four in this series.

It's a great summer read!

You asked, we answered: our lives are busier than ever - juggling summer schedules, travel, back to school, all while trying to find a few minutes for ourselves. When it's 8PM in NY but only 5PM in LA - it's 1AM in London!

Dan Brown isn't available to discuss the book with us (confession: I didn't even try), so we are going to discuss the book online vs a live call.  This will let everyone participate without the stress of timezones and vacation.  It's simple: if you have a fb account, you can join!

Over the next month you will start to see more announcements, exciting things are happening for the book club - stay tuned!

When: Wednesday Aug 21 8PM EST
How to participate: Click here to join the MMBC facebook group.

This is where we select books, talk about books and share life stories.

Synopsis: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

~ happy reading!

Mark your calendars: May 30 | 7:30

I know many of you are dedicated listeners/followers to both Chaos Chronicles and The Satellite Sisters. Like many of us, Lian (and her sisters) have followed us through a few moves, their voices and stories were the comfort of an old friend.

When I heard Lian was coming east for her book tour, I volunteered to help plan a NJ night.  I was surprised how easy it was to coordinate.

Confession: imagine the kid in the classroom waving her hand high in the air, bouncing in the seat... that's how excited I was to help.  

If you are within driving distance, come join us on May 30 at 7:30pm:

Words Bookstore (Maplewood, NJ)
Author website: click to Lian's website for more details, tour stops, etc...

Manic Mommies Book Club: We are reading Elizabeth the First Wife in June, discussing the book on June 12.

Happy Reading!

June Book Club: Elizabeth the First Wife


If you have read my blog for a while you know I'm a big fan of Lian Dolan.  Like many... I started listening to Satellite Sisters when I lived in Minnesota, I streamed the MN radio station when I moved to Omaha, and podcasting let me move away from laptop to listening while walking etc...

Today I'm thrilled to announce our June book selection, Elizabeth the First Wife. Lian Dolan is a returning author to the book club, we are beyond excited to discuss her second novel on June 12th.

The book is available in paper and electronically - for those who love their ereader (myself included).

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Synopsis: Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, finds her perfectly dull but perfectly orchestrated life upended one summer by three men: her movie-star ex-husband, a charming political operative, and William Shakespeare. Until now, she’d been content living in the shadow of her high-profile and highly accomplished family.

Then her college boyfriend and one-time husband of seventeen months, A-list action star FX Fahey, shows up with a job offer that she can’t resist, and Elizabeth’s life suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting. She’s off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the summer to make sure FX doesn’t humiliate himself in an avant-garde production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

When: Wednesday June 12th at 9PM EST
Call in details: 724-444-7444, call id: 90383#, Pin 1#

Or listen from your computer: Click here to join the call

Lian will join us for 30-40 minutes before transitioning to chatting about books and life.

Giveaway: To enter this month’s giveaway, send me an email (comments are not considered entries) with ‘Elizabeth the First Wife’ in the subject line. Please include your shipping address in the body of your message.

Winners will be selected at random on Sunday evening, May 12th.

Happy Reading!

May Book Club: When She Was Gone


You hear me say it over and over... the women who participate in the Manic Mommies Book Club are amazing!   Last night we met to discuss our April selection The Good Daughter, with Jane Porter.  Tears were shed, emails and texts passed through the evening. If you weren't able to join us, I will post a recap with a few questions for you next week after I've had time to review and write a proper recap of the evening.

TODAY I'm thrilled to announce our May book selection, when she was gone.  Gwendolen Gross is a returning author to the book club, we are beyond excited to discuss her fifth novel on May 15th.

The book is available in paper and electronically - for those who love their ereader (myself included).

Synopsis: What happened to Linsey Hart? When the Cornell-bound teenager disappears into the steamy blue of a late-summer morning, her quiet neighborhood is left to pick apart the threads of their own lives and assumptions.
Linsey’s neighbors are just ordinary people—but even ordinary people can keep terrible secrets hidden close. There’s Linsey’s mother, Abigail, whose door-to-door searching makes her social-outcast status painfully obvious; Mr. Leonard, the quiet, retired piano teacher with insomnia, who saw Linsey leave; Reeva, the queen bee of a clique of mothers, now obsessed with a secret interest; Timmy, Linsey’s lovelorn ex-boyfriend; and George, an eleven-year-old loner who is determined to find out what happened to his missing neighbor.
As the days of Linsey’s absence tick by, dread and hope threaten to tear a community apart. This luminous new novel by the acclaimed author of The Orphan Sister explores coming of age in the shadows of a suburban life, and what is revealed when the light suddenly shines in. . . .

When: Wednesday May 15th at 8PM EST
Call in details: 724-444-7444, call id: 90383#, Pin 1# 

Gwendolen will join us for 30-40 minutes before transitioning to chatting about books and life.  

Giveaway: To enter this month’s giveaway, send an email (comments are not considered entries) to mari.partyka [at] gmail.com. Put ‘When She Was Gone’ in the subject line. Please include your shipping address in the body of your message.

Winners will be selected at random on Sunday evening, April 7th.

How to find us: We are talking about books throughout the month on twitter. I have changed our hashtag to #MMBC2013 after learning another group is using our old one (making it hard to find our book chatter).  

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Happy Reading!