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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel (2012 original; edició 2012)

de Maria Semple (Autor)

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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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Títol:Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Autors:Maria Semple (Autor)
Informació:Little, Brown and Company (2012), Edition: 1, 336 pages
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette de Maria Semple (2012)

  1. 51
    Tell the Wolves I'm Home de Carol Rifka Brunt (LBV123)
    LBV123: Rifka Brunt's novel similarly traces a complicated family history and the story of a complicated mother with artistic tendencies, and features an interesting and complicated teenaged narrator. While not as openly chasing the laughs as Semple's novel, Tell the Wolves is nonetheless humorous in its depiction of family politics--and deeply touching as it deals with both love and loss.… (més)
  2. 20
    Microserfs de Douglas Coupland (cransell)
    cransell: Two fictional looks at working at Microsoft.
  3. 20
    Els estranys talents de la Flavia de Alan Bradley (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though Sweetness is more of a traditional mystery, it shares with Where'd You Go, Bernadette an endearing, precocious, and entertaining young narrator who pieces together clues from the adult world to solve a mystery. Character interactions are delightfully, humorously depicted.… (més)
  4. 10
    El Projecte Rosie de Graeme Simsion (Alliebadger)
    Alliebadger: Each of these are smart, fast reads that make you read between the lines to find the humor. Great books!
  5. 10
    This Book Will Save Your Life de A. M. Homes (lizchris)
    lizchris: About the madness of west coast America
  6. 10
    Young Jane Young de Gabrielle Zevin (kathleen.morrow)
    kathleen.morrow: Similar sharp, witty style of writing
  7. 00
    Salvatge : Un viatge pel sender de la cresta del Pacífic de Cheryl Strayed (sturlington)
  8. 00
    Class Mom de Laurie Gelman (drm19)
    drm19: Both are witty and irreverent explorations of competitive motherhood that propel the story forward with emails and narrative.
  9. 00
    Come, Thou Tortoise de Jessica Grant (JenMDB)
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    Special Topics in Calamity Physics de Marisha Pessl (lycomayflower)
  11. 00
    Instructions for a Heatwave de Maggie O'Farrell (kiwiflowa)
  12. 11
    The Family Fang de Kevin Wilson (cransell)
    cransell: Both quirky, humorous reads.
  13. 01
    UN NADAL DIFERENT de John Grisham (kqueue)
    kqueue: Both have a madcap feel where one situation leads to another and spirals out of control.
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Hilarious! I identify with Bernadette so strongly, it just might be frightening. Semple struck satirical, dare-I-say, "genius" with this novel. "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" is many things at once-- suspenseful, endearing, slightly offensive, warm, and did I mention FUNNY? From the start the book was hard to put down, but I absolutely raced through the last part. I love the moments between Bernadette and Bee, such a beautiful rendition of a mother-daughter relationship plucked down in the middle of this absurd tale of maladjustment, misunderstandings, and misanthropy. WYGB? just might be my favorite book I've read this year. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Such a good book. I laughed a lot. I both wanted to be Bernadette's friend and to slap her upside the head. Maybe those things aren't mutually exclusive.

But I want more! What about the pregnant assistant? What about the house Elgie bought for her? What will Bernadette say about all of THAT? What about Samantha 2 and Elgie's work post-Microsoft? AAAAHHHHH!!!!!

The narrator was fantastic. She gave each character life, and she could even sing! She got the "over-involved school parent" down perfectly. I loved every minute of this. :) ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
I always thought I'd like this one, written by someone who has worked on Arrested Development! I also wondered how it would age almost ten years later. I think it's doing okay! The form is a bit of an odd choice - told through things like e-mails and articles. I would have liked for these things to actually have looked like e-mails and articles if they would be used here at all. I would have liked it better if visually they would look like what they are supposed to look like -- otherwise it looks like someone retyping e-mails. More intriguing though is Bee and her mother Bernadette. Their voices are so distinct and humorous that they really should have taken over the entire book. Semple's writing of Bee is a realistic smart fourteen year old! Bernadette is a quirky, misfit, get-me-out-of-LA mom! A book of letters between Bee and Bernadette? That would have been fantastic -- why are these other voices even necessary? These other forms are fun and unique but a bit much when I wanted to get back to Bee and Bern. This book was a joy to read during these times anyway!
Morning News Tournament of Books #109 ( )
  booklove2 | Apr 2, 2021 |
Hilarious. None of the characters are without glaring personality flaws, but even the PTA mom villains of the story get some love in the end. What a weird book I picked up, just trying to find fiction that takes place in Seattle. Life is weird, just like this book. ( )
  fidgetyfern | Feb 23, 2021 |
I am not sure whether I should be impressed with the book or not -- part of the people in it are quite real to life in their infuriating meddling, but the way they can change just struck me as unrealistic -- which is probably the biggest problem I have. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
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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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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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