Don Tillman, genius genetics professor, can effectively dub his limited dating experiences as a series of “incidents”. Don has under-developed social skills and does not recognize his own Asperger’s like symptoms, although he is a guest lecturer for “aspies” and their bewildered parents.
I picked this book to read because Maria Semple wrote it. What’s so special about Maria Semple, you ask? Well, she is a co-writer for the television series Arrested Development. Pretty much my whole family thinks it is one of the smartest and wittiest TV shows written.
Imagine your father attaching homemade flares to his back and holding six month old you as he walks through a crowded mall, smoke and flames shooting out from his clothes. Your mother is on the second floor, videotaping him so the whole family can watch the crowd’s reactions later at home. Or imagine being on a flight with your parents and little brother, sitting separately, as your father proposes over the intercom to your mother. She says yes on that flight but on the return flight, makes an unpleasant scene saying no, resulting in an airplane full of tense passengers.
Would you video chat with a dead loved one if you could? Banking on the answer being yes, Sam Elliot builds a computer program using algorithms based on the deceased’s emails, facebook posts, and twitter feeds to create a video chatting service. Customers eagerly visit Sam’s café to chat with their loved ones as a way to deal with loss or just to finish the last argument they had!
Buckle up for this wild ride with Lucy Hull, a children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri. Lucy didn’t set out to kidnap her favorite patron Ian Drake, but that’s exactly what it would look like to an outsider. Ian, a curious 10-year-old bookworm, has to hide the books Lucy suggests from his mother because they don’t fit his mother’s religious agenda.