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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)

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    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)
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    This Book Will Save Your Life de A. M. Homes (lizchris)
    lizchris: About the madness of west coast America
  5. 10
    Young Jane Young de Gabrielle Zevin (kathleen.morrow)
    kathleen.morrow: Similar sharp, witty style of writing
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    Salvatge : Un viatge pel sender de la cresta del Pacífic de Cheryl Strayed (sturlington)
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    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.
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    Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel de Bonnie Garmus (bibliovermis)
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    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!
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    Come, Thou Tortoise de Jessica Grant (JenMDB)
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    The Family Fang de Kevin Wilson (cransell)
    cransell: Both quirky, humorous reads.
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    Special Topics in Calamity Physics de Marisha Pessl (lycomayflower)
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    UN NADAL DIFERENT de John Grisham (kqueue)
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An eccentric mother, misunderstood by neighbors, family, and friends, creates chaos wherever she goes. By the end, the reader understands why. I loved this story! ( )
  JoniMFisher | Oct 5, 2021 |
Little did I suspect when I picked up Microserfs by Douglas Coupland back in the mid nineties that just a few short years later I'd be working for the man myself (or as I like to call him now Uncle Bill). Like Coupland's novel Generation X, Microserfs was fun and inventive and really captured a moment in time for me. It was about a group of programmers escaping Microsoft in Redmond to move to the bay area and form their own start-up. I distinctly remember the flat food scene--characters slipping a programmer Kraft cheese slices under his office door after he refused to come out.

I did the move myself backwards, moving up from Silicon Valley and nestled in to the Pacific Northwest and into my own office in Redmond. Two things I noticed when I moved here from the Bay Area--that despite the fact that I arrived in 1998 and many of my colleagues back then were millionaires, the parking lot was a lot less flashy than any would have been in Palo Alto, the other that I immediately stopped talking about how much rent I paid. I moved here and I loved the region--the color of the skies and waters, the green of the trees, the granoly people, the left-wing politics that were a given...The fact that when the sun WAS shining for the first time this Californian actually noticed it and appreciated it. And then of course there was the Microsoft culture. Everything you've heard and worse. The long hours, the excitement over stock splits, the huge retirement parties for millionaires, the highly smart type A and extremely competitive people who probably move a bit too fast for their own good. And then the things that you probably didn't know--that the people who work here really are amazing, family-oriented, and with a high rate of Asperger's. Intense, yes, always intense but maybe a bit mellowed over the years. And even a number of those that retired...returned.

Over the years, starting with Microserfs, I've been on the look-out for novels where Microsoft or its executives and/or it's culture are featured. Someday, maybe, I expect there to be a college lit course on American Literature in the Dot Com and Post-Dot Com Era because there have actually been a number of them. Among the list I would also include:

  • The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman. One of my favorite novels of 2011, the main heroine of the novel is the CEO of a start-up in 1999, while her sister works in an antiquarian bookstore owned by a former Microsoft employee and millionaire. This book has been compared to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility and is a wonderful read if you like intelligence. I felt this really did capture what was happening during this time period and the book was nominated for the

  • Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs by Daniel Lyons. Lyons, the tech reporter who also anonymously wrote the Fake Steve Jobs blog turned his writing to this novel. Since the book is about Apple, of course both Ballmer and Gates show up as characters in this hilarious love letter to the absurdities of the super rich and the dot com era. I have this one back again in my to read pile to see how it stacks up now after Jobs is gone.


All three of these novels were humorous-- the Cookbook Collector maybe a little more subtle. I guess I should revise that college course to the Comic Novel of American Literature in the Dot Com and Post Dot Com Era.

All this is to add one more book to my list--Maria Semper's Where'd You Go, Bernadette. When I read an article about Semple's use of Microsoft and Seattle in her book, I immediately downloaded it on my Kindle and started to read it that evening. Microsoft is only a minor character in this book, Bernadette's husband is a VP in charge of a highly anticipated project. The main focus is on Bernadette, a former award winning architect who has retired to Seattle to raise her daughter and through a series of unfortunate events starts to unravel and then disappears.

I loved this book--because this one captures not only some of Microsoft's culture, but the whole Pacific Northwest region--the Helicopter Moms, the pretentious school involvement, the Tom Douglas restaurants, Chihuly chandeliers, the horrible drivers, the famous Seattle freeze, which she captures all in this passage:

"My great-grandfather was a fur trapper in Alaska," Audrey said. "Warren's great-grandfather bought furs from him. My point is, you come in here with your Microsoft money and think you belong. But you don't belong."

She nails the culture at Microsoft--the meeting rooms, the Connector buses, nd something I've always wondered WTF at Microsoft--the diminishing numbers of much needed admins.

"Another oddity: there are no assistants. Elgie heads a team of 250, and they all share one assistant. Or admins, as they're called, accent on the "ad." In L.A., someone half as important as Elgie would have two assistants, and assistants for their assistants, until every bright son or daughter or anyone west of the 405 was on the payroll. But not at Microsoft. They do everything themselves through specially coded portals."

And the sky. Semple gets it here:

"I'll miss the afternoons when I'd go out on our lawn and throw my head back. The sky in Seattle is so low, it felt like God had lowered a silk parachute over us. Every feeling I ever knew was up in that sky. Twinkling, joyous sunlight; airy, giggling cloud wisps; blinding columns of sun. Orbs of gold, pink, flesh, utterly cheesy in their luminosity. Gigantic puffy clouds, welcoming, forgiving, repeating infitetly across the horizon as if between mirrors; and slices of rain, pounding wet misery in the distance now, but soon on us, and in another part of the sky, a black stain, rainless."

The novel is great fun. The plot was awesome and I even shed a tear over the Runaway Bunny. You can see Maria's hilarious book trailer for it here. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
I listened to this one on Audible and really enjoyed it. Great cast of characters, interesting and unique plot, and now I suddenly find myself wanting to take a trip to Antarctica. While some of the events are a little far-fetched, it was engrossing enough that I can overlook them. It's been a while since I've read a good chick-lit story, and if you're a fan of the genre I think you'll like this. And, if you enjoy listening to books, I thought the narrator did a great job developing unique and distinct voices for the different characters. Overall, an enjoyable read. Or, in this case, listen. ( )
  stacyastokes | Sep 7, 2021 |
Finally, I found one more amazing book!

The book doesn't have the usual style when the author tells us about the events, it consists of different documents sorted chronologically. At first, it was a little bit confusing, but later I got used to it and really enjoyed it. I understood that it was the perfect decision to write this book in such a way. It helps us to see the characters more deeply and understand the reasons for their acts better.

The first half of the book has A LOT of funny moments. Although Bernadette seemed a bit strange to me, I liked her nevertheless. Another case was her husband. I stopped liking him as soon as I started reading about his actions.

This book has many interesting situations that can be a great topic for discussion. I think it's perfect for a book club. To sum up, it's a novel about how a failure may change the whole life, and how support from the native people can empower a person to keep going. ( )
  Diana_Hryniuk | Aug 28, 2021 |
Not much to say right now. Will be discussing with the Library bookgroup. I need tohear some feed back first ( )
  NJanow | Aug 16, 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?” 
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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.
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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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