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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel (urspr publ 2012; utgåvan 2013)

av 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.… (mer)
Medlem:jsholmes
Titel:Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Författare:Maria Semple
Info:Back Bay Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Var blev du av Bernadette av Maria Semple (2012)

  1. 41
    Låt vargarna komma av 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.… (mer)
  2. 20
    Microslavar av Douglas Coupland (cransell)
    cransell: Two fictional looks at working at Microsoft.
  3. 20
    Den bittra pajens sötma av 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.… (mer)
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  5. 10
    Young Jane Young av Gabrielle Zevin (kathleen.morrow)
    kathleen.morrow: Similar sharp, witty style of writing
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    Vild : Hur jag gick vilse och hittade mig själv av Cheryl Strayed (sturlington)
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    Class Mom av 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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    Projekt Rosie av 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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  12. 11
    The Family Fang av Kevin Wilson (cransell)
    cransell: Both quirky, humorous reads.
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    Julfritt : Roman av 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. 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 |
More relevant was the cover sheet, which set forth the psychological profile of candidates best suited to withstand the extreme conditions at the South Pole. They are 'individuals with blasé attitudes and antisocial tendencies,' and people who 'feel comfortable spending lots of time alone in small rooms,' 'don't feel the need to get outside and excercise,' and the kicker, 'can go long stretches without showering.'

For the past twenty years I've been in training for overwintering at the South Pole! I knew I was up to something.




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#38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2 (the South Pole) ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
I liked it but didn't love it. There's plenty of humor and I suppose a little bit about human connection and loneliness and how we need each other and how we cope and so on, but there was enough in the book that felt a little sloppy (just little details) that it was hard for me to think of it as a terribly accomplished book. For something I read in a few hours over the course of 2 days, it was worth the investment, though. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
This was a quick read and I enjoyed it but I felt it was a little disjointed. I lost interest when the story strayed off into the life and experiences of the husband, Elgin. I was also a little unclear as to the object of the satire, mainly because the description of Elgin's TEDtalk seemed very close to reality. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 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.
tillagd av Nickelini | ändrathe 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.
tillagd av ozzer | ändraNY 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
tillagd av Nickelini | ändraThe Guardian, Justine Jordan (Jun 29, 2012)
 

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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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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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