Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel

Book - 2012
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When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316204279
Branch Call Number: Fic Semp
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 25 cm.


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May 06, 2021

The first 1/2 of the book is absolutely hilarious. The second half becomes more serious. However, it is a great book. If you have lived in or know Seattle, you will identify. A great commentary on corporations, architecture, human interactions, parent-child relationships, free spirits, a lot of information about Antarctica, and on and on. A total delight to read. I found it hard to put down.

Apr 21, 2021

Written in a unique style with many laugh-out-loud moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Apr 03, 2021

Enjoyed this book, light hearted and easy to read.

Mar 27, 2021

Laurie recommendation.

Dec 29, 2020


Aug 24, 2020

I didn’t start off liking this book but I must admit the more I read the more it grew on me.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 08, 2020

Alternatively witty, ridiculous and beautiful, Maria Semple's tale of Bernadette (crazy like a) Fox is a quick and memorable read. The characters have their flaws and personalities comically inflated, including Seattle, and I loved it. Funny stories and stupid emails are laced with excellently crafted lines and tragic moments. If you didn't like this book, I'm not sure what you were looking for.

Apr 22, 2020

This is an awesome read! I really enjoyed the story and how it was told through epistolary style (emails, letters, etc..). This made it interesting to follow along as Bee, the daughter, solves her mother's disappearance.

Apr 10, 2020

This is a quick, sharp, and exciting story with the complexities of family and mother-daughter relationships at its heart. Bernadette and her daughter, Bee, are both strong and engaging protagonists. If you like mysteries, you will enjoy following along with Bee as she discovers who her mother really is, including why—and to where—she has disappeared.

JCLCharlesH Apr 03, 2020

This book was a faced paced, quick witted, character driven romp. Bernadette's snark and Bee's straightforward approach to life combine to make a charming story about communication, passion, and relationships.

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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

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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