Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel

Book - 2012
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When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316204279
0316204277
Branch Call Number: FICTION SEMPLE 2012
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 25 cm

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How far can a mother and daughter's love extend? To the ends of the earth?

When Bee's talented and agoraphobic mother goes missing, she searches to the far ends of the earth to try and find her. Told through e-mails, memos and articles.

Told through e-mails, memos and articles, with very little narrative prose, this quirky romp takes Bee to the ends of the earth on a search for her enigmatic mother. (Shanda's pick)

Shanda says- With a snappy writing style, this is a fun romp set in Seattle involving a reclusive architect, demanding upper-class charter school parents and a trip to

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multcolib_alisonk Apr 24, 2014

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.


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Yoo_hoo5
Apr 28, 2017

Several readers said it was humorous. I guess humor is such an individual thing, because while I found it somewhat 'light', I didn't find it that funny. It's a dry humor, if that's your thing.
The problem I had with the story is that the characters didn't have much depth. I kept waiting for someone to come through with some personal worthwhile contribution, but they fell flat in that respect.
I was also waiting for a more dramatic ending. Without spoiling the end, it's rather predictable.
As I mentioned initially, it is a 'light' book, so you don't have to think much beyond the page.

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Soundreader
Feb 19, 2017

Funny, quirky easy read. Semple paints great caricature's of "organic-hippy-Amazon-Microsoft" Seattlites in this humorous story of a woman going through a crisis, through the eyes of her teenage daugther.

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LaFilm
Jan 03, 2017

Loved this book! Especially the references and nods to various Seattle places. I think Seattleites will find this book more amusing than most :) Really liked the changed up style of writing as well via correspondence from the characters.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jan 03, 2017

Super fun read in an interesting format. I thought reading emails, documents, notes, etc. would leave me with jumpy narrative, but I found the trail of the story easy to follow and set a fast pace. I loved the quirky characters and the setting of Seattle.

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Islandlax12
Dec 14, 2016

What a good read! Is in a quirky format and almost reads as a mystery with guessing at each turn. Questioning yourself if its fact or if its be fabricated by the narrator. Page turner for sure and definitely want to read more from this author.

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

A fun and silly epistolary satire that doesn't read like a satire so don't be scared by that literary term. This can just be a light read on a hectic day or you can delve in deeper. Either way it's enjoyable. Excellent as an audio and just to read.

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rogebc_0
Nov 06, 2016

Readable, whimsical ,worthwhile. Quirky people and painful parts of life. A mother who is not all about her mothering. The family live in a big house that was a boarding school, on top of a hill in Seattle. Father is a computer geek and mother a brilliant architect who is depressed after losing her culminating design home in NYC. Layers of story from the daughter's perspective, including trips to Antarctica.

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Orcacreative
Oct 14, 2016

This book has a very unique and original email-corespondence based format.
It feels real even with its exaggerations for dramatic effects. Very funny at times with a dark sense of humor.
I found it a pleasant read not for its story but its no-nonsense non-aplologatic, raw sense of humor and honesty.

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kschafer12
Oct 11, 2016

OMG I loved this book! I am from Seattle and "Bernadette's rants" about the locals in the book had me ROLLING. Not to mention my little half siblings go to a private school so I found humor with that content too. I thought this book was really unique and original. I literally couldn't put this book down. A must read!

SPL_Pam Sep 06, 2016

What happens to an artistic genius when she stops creating? She becomes a menace to society! Maria Semple's novel was laugh out loud funny. I was a little dubious about how engaged I might be with a novel written as emails and letters but it totally works. I couldn't put the book down. Throughout the story, I kept thinking, "This would make a great movie," so I'm not surprised to learn that the film is in the works.

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M_ALCOTT Jul 30, 2014

" 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

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darcerama
Jul 07, 2013

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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