Updating a house of tomorrow
In the early 1930s, as America was in the grips of the Great Depression, the House of Tomorrow showed millions of World’s Fair attendees in Chicago—and people all over the world—a gleaming, technology-driven vision of what domestic life could be like in the future.
More than 39 million people attended the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, clamoring for a glimpse of the future at exhibits like the House of Tomorrow.
As Jared and Sebastian become friends, Sebastian starts discovering all of the things he has been missing in life--punk rock, processed foods, girls, and most of all, companionship with a peer.
But he is torn between this new life and continuing to work with Nana on fulfilling her visions for his future. Every one of the characters is endearing in their own way, even if you're not supposed to empathize with them.
The National Trust’s experience stewarding Modernist resources will help ensure the long-term preservation of the House of Tomorrow.
Sebastian Prendergast, the teenage narrator of Bognanni's funny and unique debut, lives in Iowa's first geodesic dome with his grandmother, a devout follower of futurist philosopher Buckminster R. But when Nana has a stroke, Sebastian is thrown together with Janice and teenage Jared Whitcomb, who were touring the home when Nana was stricken.
Soon, Sebastian and Jared form an unlikely bond via the great teenage tradition of punk rock, starting their own band despite the objections of everyone around them and Sebastian's lack of musical ability (holding a guitar for the first time, Jared says, Strum, and Sebastian asks, What do you mean? And while Jared succeeds to some degree in socializing Sebastian—teaching him about music, smoking, and curse words—Sebastian ends up getting more than he bargained for when the two get caught up in Whitcomb family drama.
Even though I had a feeling where the book would go, I never felt bored, because Bognanni's storytelling ability was really great.
Since his parents' death when he was very young, 16-year-old Sebastian has lived in Iowa's first geodesic dome with Nana (his grandmother), a devout follower of designer and futurist R. Nana has home schooled Sebastian and allowed him little contact with the outside world beyond the tour groups that come to the dome each week, and he is ready to follow the path that she has set for his future.
When she suffers a stroke one day, Sebastian's life is thrown into turmoil.
The novel isn't about punk music, it's about the people playing it.- It's a good story- the plot is quick paced but thoughtful and never boring.
Darn Ticketmaster Surcharge- It's like buying tickets to a really great concert and then having that stupid surcharge to put a brief damper on things- the ending.
I was sad when I finished the book because I'd love to know what happened to all of the characters once the story ended. I loved this book and don't know why I put off reading it so long.