Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel

Book Club Kit - 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.
Characteristics: 10 books (330 p. ; 25 cm.) in a plastic box.

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SHORTLISTED A comedy of manners about the Emerald City that brings together everything we love about the television show Arrested Development (for which Semple was a writer), mixes in hyperactive modern parenting, adds a healthy dash of comedy about business culture, and tells the story of a mot... Read More »


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EljayJohnson
Jul 06, 2019

Enjoyable froth. I giggled out loud here and there. It tried for some depth at times, but it should have just embraced what it was: a witty, biting Desperate Housewives send-up.

TSCPL_Miranda Jul 01, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, and it was so hard to put it aside once I'd started. Bernadette Fox's story is told through emails, letters, and articles written by a variety of people, gradually painting the picture of a gifted, unique individual from multiple perspectives. Just when you think you have Bernadette all figured out, she'll surprise you. Is she a recluse? A mad genius? A terrible mother? A wonderful mother? What happened in California? One thing is certain, she's scathing, and hilarious. The action of the story is framed around a family trip to Antarctica, requested by daughter Bee to mark her 8th grade graduation with all A's. Bernadette can't deny the girl her wish, but the stress of planning the trip takes its toll, and when several personal conflicts and an unexpected betrayal combine to drive Bernadette over the edge, she disappears. Sift through the clues, join the search, and above all enjoy the ride in this fun, unforgettable story.

Gina_Vee Jun 18, 2019

This was a quick read because it was suspenseful. At first, I was a little fuzzy on the storyline, but I like books you may have to go back to to fully grasp what's happened in the story. I'm excited to see what they do with the movie coming out!

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lendmeyourears2017
Jun 02, 2019

This book is filled with jewel-like jokes such as, “Wives are like bras, the most matronly can be the most supportive.” Just reflect on that statement for a moment and then laugh to yourself…I did.

It’s a collection of humorous and slightly poignant short stories from many women’s points of view. The characters range from New York high-end apartment dwellers, third tier celebrities, Southern ladies…all through the spectrum of adult womanhood in these modern days.

The readers, Kathleen McInerny, Lisa Cordileone, Rebecca Lowman, and Dorothy Dillingham Blue, each expertly paint a picture of the scene and characters for the short story they are reading. These women’s voices add humor and engage the listener employing their skills with dialects and comedic timing.

This book is a great companion as you go through your day…commuting to work, household upkeep, running errands. It’s an amusing take on what women think and say when they are being at their most candid.

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sloanelCPL
May 30, 2019

I read this book soon after it was released, and just recently listened to the audiobook. I was surprised how much I'd forgotten (which says more about my memory than the book). A good social satire, enjoyable characters, especially the lovely young protagonist. It will be interesting to see if a movie can do justice to it.

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iversl
Apr 17, 2019

Wasn't sure I was a fan of the letter-format this book takes. The ending really brought it home, though.

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Bob
Mar 15, 2019

Bob's wife says: I saw the movie trailer and thought it looked great so I decided to give the book a try. Normally I love these send-ups of people who have more money than brains but this one just irritated me. The more Bernadette rambled, the more I disliked her. The kid was sweet though.

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mharris1227
Feb 12, 2019

Easy, fast read. The first half was intriguing and hard to put down. The correspondence and different points of view enhanced the already lively story. I read the first half in one sitting. As a mother, the first half was so relatable - on a larger scale, but still relatable. The second half was a little slower, not as exciting, but amusing. It is definitely one to read when needing a pick-me-up or just an easy read. Witty and funny. I will recommend to friends.

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Kmoellering
Feb 10, 2019

Easy, light read. Story is told through a series of emails, notes, etc. which reminded me a bit of Big Little Lies (a better use of your time IMO). Parts are funny it's interesting to see if from different characters viewpoints to build on the story. I know this book isn't meant to be a literary classic, but I found some of it to be so outrageous and impossible that it's hard to take the book seriously. The books was creative, so I found the ending to be sort of phoned in.

Hillsboro_JenniFerg Feb 06, 2019

What a fun read! It's so clever, and the characters are very engaging. It's structured in a very unique way and kept me guessing until the very end.

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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

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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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