Where'd You Go Bernadette

Where'd You Go Bernadette

Large Print - 2012
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To her Microsoft-guru husband, Bernadette is 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 15-year-old Bee, she's a best friend and, simply, Mom. Bee has aced her report card and claimed her reward: a family trip to Antarctica. For Bernadette, who has become increasingly agoraphobic, such a trip is problematic. Then Bernadette disappears. (Bestseller)
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, ©2012.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410453068
Characteristics: 479 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Where did you go Bernadette


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Apr 03, 2021

Enjoyed this book, light hearted and easy to read.

Mar 27, 2021

Laurie recommendation.

Dec 29, 2020


Aug 24, 2020

I didn’t start off liking this book but I must admit the more I read the more it grew on me.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 08, 2020

Alternatively witty, ridiculous and beautiful, Maria Semple's tale of Bernadette (crazy like a) Fox is a quick and memorable read. The characters have their flaws and personalities comically inflated, including Seattle, and I loved it. Funny stories and stupid emails are laced with excellently crafted lines and tragic moments. If you didn't like this book, I'm not sure what you were looking for.

Apr 22, 2020

This is an awesome read! I really enjoyed the story and how it was told through epistolary style (emails, letters, etc..). This made it interesting to follow along as Bee, the daughter, solves her mother's disappearance.

Apr 10, 2020

This is a quick, sharp, and exciting story with the complexities of family and mother-daughter relationships at its heart. Bernadette and her daughter, Bee, are both strong and engaging protagonists. If you like mysteries, you will enjoy following along with Bee as she discovers who her mother really is, including why—and to where—she has disappeared.

JCLCharlesH Apr 03, 2020

This book was a faced paced, quick witted, character driven romp. Bernadette's snark and Bee's straightforward approach to life combine to make a charming story about communication, passion, and relationships.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 4.5 out of 5 stars
After years upon years of living the picturesque, domestic life in Seattle’s suburbs, it’s safe to say that agoraphobic Bernadette is nearing a breakdown. So when her daughter, Bee, asks for a trip to Antarctica in return for her perfect grades, Bernadette throws herself into the preparations. But suddenly, Bernadette disappears, and as Bee’s carefully structured life begins to fall apart around her, she is left to put together the pieces of who her imperfect, intelligent mother used to be.
This book is such an amazing blend of genres and themes. Semple seamlessly writes a laugh-out-loud and lighthearted comedy, while also maintaining a very serious narrative about family, and what it’s like to recognize your parents as the flawed, real people that they are. I especially enjoyed the mixed media aspect of this book as well--I found the switching from a first person narrative to an invoice, an email, or a fax, helped make the story engaging, and kept it moving at a quick, but not breakneck pace. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a comedic book with themes of family, suburban life, and coming-of-age.

Mar 13, 2020

I read this book because of a recommendation from a classmate. Although the story was very unique, I was very underwhelmed with the ending of the book (was I missing something)? The events leading up to Bernadette's disappearance were very fascinating, however, and it was really fun piecing together the collections of notes and emails. I'm curious to see how the movie adapted this story.

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Sep 29, 2019

"'You're bored. And I'm going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it's boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it's - on you - to make life interesting, the better off you'll be.'" Bernadette Fox, Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Hillsboro_JenniFerg Feb 06, 2019

"Parking in Seattle is an 8 step process." Ha!

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

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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