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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel
Semple, Maria (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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To her Microsoft-guru husband, Bernadette'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 her 15-year-old, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.
Authors: Semple, Maria
Statement of Responsibility: Maria Semple
Title: Where'd you go, Bernadette
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 25 cm.
Summary: To her Microsoft-guru husband, Bernadette'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 her 15-year-old, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.
Subject Headings: Women architects Washington (State) Seattle Fiction Missing persons Fiction Phobias Fiction Antarctica Fiction Mothers and daughters Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Women architects
Missing persons
Phobias
Mothers and daughters
Alternate Title: Where did you go, Bernadette
LCCN: 2011040639
ISBN: 9780316204279
0316204277
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Research Call Number: JFE 12-6705
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Aug 12, 2014
  • EricaReynoldsNYC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A perfect weekend or vacation read. Loved the characters (in all their flaws), loved the settings, loved reading this book. It flew by, quick and quirky and engaging. I read it in one night, and wished I could read another just like it.

Aug 03, 2014
  • norma777 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quirky, funny, light read. Dry, witty observations at the expense of local culture. If you live here and take yourself too seriously, you may not like it.

Jul 31, 2014
  • queequegs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Quirky and fun weekend read. Recommended!

Jul 30, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This novel is too funny. I can't believe Bernadette outsourced her personal assistant. Correction, her "virtual assistant". But this just sets up for some funny email correspondences between Bernadette and her virtual assistant Manjula, who just happens to live in India. The novel is full of interesting and funny characters. Bernadette being the central character because it's her abrupt disappearance that fuels the story. Bernadette's daughter Bee tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together through emails, letters, articles, etc. to find out what happened to her mother. Hence the novel's title: "Where'd you go Bernadette?"

Jul 26, 2014
  • brigittereads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

so good. it was witty, funny, heart-breaking. ugh! loved it!

"As a reward for her academic achievements, eighth-grader Bee Branch has been promised a trip to Antarctica (Bee's choice) by her parents, tech guru Elgin Branch and architect Bernadette Fox. However, Bee's dream soon becomes a nightmare when Bernadette -- whose creative genius is outstripped only by her social anxiety and agoraphobia -- disappears. Bee's efforts to recover her mother involve the compilation of the emails, faxes, official documents, and letters that form the basis of this delightful, charming, witty novel." Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/b4f6ee64-db77-4e52-b8b4-047c4a840df7?postId=68a5ce8f-6d53-453a-a4fa-045bd063b705

Brilliantly funny, highly engaging. This novel was so enjoyable to read that I didn't even bother skipping ahead.

Apr 24, 2014
  • ssn1205 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Truly enjoyed this novel, especially the many references to the Pacific NW. Bernadette was a wonderful character as were her "antagonists". Great read!

Apr 24, 2014
  • multcolib_alisonk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you enjoy stories where you get a chance to see a story from many perspectives; if you like a strong sense of place; and if you enjoy quirky people trying to slot themselves into everyday life, this is the book for you.

Apr 17, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bernadette is quite the odd woman and so is this book. It is a fun and fast read.

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Mar 17, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 30, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

" One of the main reasons I don't like leaving the house is because I might find myself face-to-face with a Canadian. Seattle is crawling with them. You probably think, U.S./Canada, they're interchangeable because they're both filled with English-speaking, morbidly obese white people. Well Manjula, you couldn't be more mistaken."-Excerpt from an email Bernadette sent to her virtual assistant Manjula

Jul 07, 2013
  • darcerama rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Chihulys are the pigeons of Seattle. They're everywhere, and even if they don't get in your way, you can't help but build up a kind of antipathy toward them. --Page 162, paperback edition.

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Mar 03, 2014
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