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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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Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she'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 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.
Authors: Semple, Maria
Title: Where'd you go, Bernadette
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Summary: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she'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 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.
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Alternate Title: Where did you go, Bernadette
ISBN: 0316204277
9780316204279
9780316204262
Branch Call Number: F Sem
Statement of Responsibility: Maria Semple
Subject Headings: Mothers and daughters Fiction Antarctica Fiction Phobias Fiction Missing persons Fiction Women architects Washington (State) Seattle Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Mothers and daughters
Phobias
Missing persons
Women architects
LCCN: 2011040639
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I loved this book. You can see the ‘trailer’ on the internet which I think does an excellent job of trying to sell this book. There is nothing I can say about the story that is going to make you want to read it except that it’s EXCELLENT…just I loved it and laughed out loud with regularity. It’s ... Read More »


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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.

Mar 06, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you are looking for a deep book, this is not the one. I enjoyed it because it was funny and light.

Feb 13, 2014
  • kisamos rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Surprised by all the hype this book got. It is mediocre writing at best and the story is just plain goofy. Its one redeeming factor is that it is about Seattle for those who value that. Otherwise, save your brain cells for something that has more to offer.

Jan 24, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book! What a fun and quick litlte read, would recommend it.

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Mar 17, 2014
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jescar82 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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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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A Summer Satire: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Wall Street Journal interview with Maria Semple on Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

Mar 03, 2014
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Maria Semple pitches "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" to Seattle book folk

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