Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and "divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).


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 her best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette vanishes. It all 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, and secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 26, 2020

Light, fun read full of quirky & eccentric characters.

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cjengelke
Dec 17, 2019

I wish I had had a mom like Bernadette! Lucky, lucky, Bee...

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AnneCarolineDrake
Oct 19, 2019

The author is Seattle's own Maria Semple. She uses a myriad of communication formats to move the quirky plot forward.

The theme of the book: "People like you must create. If you don’t create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society." If this resonates with you, you'll probably enjoy the book.

KCLSQueennie Oct 03, 2019

A quick and fun read.

sjpl_DanaLibrariana Oct 01, 2019

This book is heartwarming, funny and quirky with a splash of adventure. Brilliant 14-year old Bee, follows the series of events that led her equally brilliant mother, Bernadette, to disappear. The mystery winds through a complicated paper trail, across the wilds of Seattle and even into Antarctica. As Bee explores her mother's eccentric behavior, many questions arise beyond the simple where did Bernadette go? Will Bee find answers? Maybe only the penguins will know.

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BeckyR21
Sep 28, 2019

A disappointment for me. I was so looking forward to this book, and the movie. The movie tanked, even with the fabulous Cate Blanchett. and after reading this book, I wonder why they even bothered to make a movie. So many great books out there, this is another 'hot, must read' that I just don't get why.

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mooie1128
Sep 20, 2019

Boring - very very boring

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SpruceMoose7
Sep 15, 2019

I had so much hope for this book and thought it could have been much better then it was. I feel like the last third of the book made the book and could have been what the whole book was about. Very disappointed in the much anticipated book.

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kellydelancy
Sep 14, 2019

Weird format. Hard to get into

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AliceInWonderbread
Sep 05, 2019

Where'd You Go Bernadette was the first book I had to read with my book club and although it wasn't horrible, it wasn't close to my favourite thing I've read this past year. I finished it and was left with the feeling that I won't not recommend the book, but I wouldn't recommend it either (of course- unless it fit what someone may be looking for!)

I found the beginning to rather drag and if it hadn't been for the time crunch I most likely would have put it down for a few days,, and possibly not picked it back up. There is a hump that you have to get over but once your over it the book picks up a bit.
The writing style is pretty unique as you read from multiple point of views as well as you learn a lot about what the characters are thinking/having happen to them not though internal monologue but instead through emails and mail sent between one and other.
There we're parts in the book that honestly made me laugh and there were a few characters that I liked from the book; but all in all it's a book that I most likely won't read again. I didn't find it impactful like other novels I've enjoyed more; but again, it wasn't a bad read- just not my typical cup of tea I think.

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Gail_I
Sep 29, 2019

"'You're bored. And I'm going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it's boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it's - on you - to make life interesting, the better off you'll be.'" Bernadette Fox, Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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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