I liked my first Elizabeth Berg book so much I decided to go read a second one, and I read what I thought was a popular choice: “Open House.” It was an Oprah Book Club selection, and was a bestseller. The first thing I noticed is that it is kind of dated: characters still watch movies via VHS tapes, and people still calculated long distance phone call costs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the book felt like a historical novel in that sense. I found this book very weird: it seems like Berg couldn’t decide on the tone of the book. It starts out sad and wistful, but she goes into comedic situations. And I never understood why Samantha needed borders, when it was established her husband was rich. So a lot of things confused me. But, it’s very much readable and never boring. Still weird, though.