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Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2012)

de Maria Semple

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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. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.… (més)
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I loved, loved, loved it. Great escapist lit. Very funny -- much laughing out loud. I read this book during two nights of night-stand reading. ( )
  sharibillops | May 20, 2022 |
A charming book that is a bit hard to resist although it does take a few twists that are a bit hard to go with. Ultimately it is a story of the love of a family and specifically that of a mother and daughter and gives us all an interesting take on a non-traditional viewpoint on motherhood. Creatively written and a nice break from the historical fiction I usually gravitate toward. PS - the audio version has music background and the reader does a lot of character voices - did NOT love that. ( )
  sbenne3 | Apr 24, 2022 |
Clever without being cute; funny without being mean. ( )
  leahsusan | Mar 26, 2022 |
This blew me away. It was fresh, different, and hilarious. It probably helps that my husband works in tech because I found the Microsoft angle to be very realistic. An excellent, entertaining read. ( )
  tsmom1219 | Feb 24, 2022 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite being a little skeptical at the start due to the hype. The writing style of weaving together emails, letters and other patchwork pieces was very unique and allowed the story to be told from multiple viewpoints. Very humorous as well and a insightful social commentary.
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  Mike_Trigg | Feb 10, 2022 |
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The book stumbles a bit in the middle as it transitions from a scathing anti-Seattle manifesto into a family drama with comic undertones. But once the gears have finished their grinding and the shuddering subsides, Semple eases into her strongest work yet, allowing her characters to change in a way that suits the story, and not just shooting for an easy punch line or a sharply worded barb. In the end, with its big heart set on acceptance, Bernadette feels something like coming home.
afegit per Nickelini | editathe Stranger, Paul Constant (Aug 12, 2012)
 
The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.
afegit per ozzer | editaNY Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 6, 2012)
 
Semple is a TV comedy writer, and the pleasures of Where'd You Go, Bernadette are the pleasures of the best American TV: plot, wit and heart. (There are places where Semple really wants to be writing dialogue, and stretches the epistolary conceit of the novel to suit.) It's rather refreshing to find a female misunderstood genius at the heart of a book, and a mother-daughter relationship characterised by unadulterated mutual affection. If Bernadette is a monster of ego, Semple suggests, so are most people, when they're being honest. In her spiky but essentially feelgood universe, failure and self-exposure open up a rich seam of comedy, but shame can always be vanquished by love
afegit per Nickelini | editaThe Guardian, Justine Jordan (Jun 29, 2012)
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Semple, Mariaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Broeder, LindaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Chichereau, CarineTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
de Vicq, Fearn CutlerDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hayes, KeithAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Leiva Morales, ÁngelesTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Wilhoite, KathleenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Xie, JingwenTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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“Shh! She said. The waiter. He's about to take their order. She leaned back and to her left, closer,closer,closer,her body like a giraffe's neck, until her chair shot out from under her and she landed on the floor. The whole restaurant turned to look. I jumped up to help. She stood up, righted the chair, and started in again. Did you see the tattoo one of them has on the inside of his arm? It looked like a roll of tape.

I took a gulp of margarita and settled into my fallback option, which was to wait her out.

Know what one of the guys at the drive-through Starbucks has on his forearm? Bernadette said. A paper clip! It used to be so daring to get a tattoo. And now people are tattooing office supplies on their bodies. You know what I say? Of course this was rhetorical. I say, dare not to get a tattoo. She turned around again, and gasped. Oh My God. It's not just any roll of tape. It's literally Scotch tape, with the green-and-black plaid. This is too hilarious. If you're going to tattoo tape on your arm, at least make it a generic old-fashioned tape dispenser! What do you think happened? Did the Staples catalogue get delivered to the tattoo parlor that day?” 
― Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Our house is old. All day and night it cracks and groans, like it's trying to get comfortable but can't
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.
Like sick animals, everyone else had retreated into their warrens of misery.
Right before it shut, I caught a glimpse of the poor Japanese people. Nobody had moved. Some hands were frozen in midair, in the middle of doing a fold. It looked like a wax museum diorama of an origami presentation.
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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. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

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