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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel (original: 2012; edição: 2013)

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.… (mais)
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Título:Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Autores:Maria Semple (Autor)
Informação:Back Bay Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, 352 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.… (mais)
  2. 20
    Microserfs de Douglas Coupland (cransell)
    cransell: Two fictional looks at working at Microsoft.
  3. 20
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie 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.… (mais)
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    The Rosie Project 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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    lizchris: About the madness of west coast America
  6. 10
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    kathleen.morrow: Similar sharp, witty style of writing
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    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 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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    The Family Fang de Kevin Wilson (cransell)
    cransell: Both quirky, humorous reads.
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    Esquecer O Natal 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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Really hilarious comedy, not my usual cup of tea but I am sooooo happy I read/listened to this one years back. Good stuff. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
Good: Very funny and creative in an absurd, dark way. I laughed out-loud at least once, which is awesome when you share an office space.

Bad: I'm just parroting what other people have said but the ending was a bit of a stretch. Too many things had to happen too perfectly for it turn out the way it did and I wasn't feeling it. Plus it felt like the narrative suggested that Bernadette was justified in her downward spiral because life is just so hard for temperamental geniuses compared to the rest of us plebes. It's hard to convey that genius when it's a book and she's an architect. I love architecture, the stranger the better, and while I'm sure the 20-Mile House would be famous, I didn't quite buy that she would still be architecture's secret obsession decades later. Maybe I needed to see it.

Weird: I want a novel about "Manjula." There's something really hilarious to me about the idea of a group of Russian mobsters spending their weekends googling Seattle restaurants and making Thanksgiving reservations for this wealthy family. I bet it was all one guy who was on the bottom of the mafia hierarchy and he felt really good when he saw a place with great Yelp reviews.

Final: Absolutely read this. If you don't mind humor being a bit on the dark side and you're okay with fairly unlikeable protagonists, this will definitely work for you. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
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 |
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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.
adicionado por Nickelini | editarthe 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.
adicionado por ozzer | editarNY 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
adicionado por Nickelini | editarThe Guardian, Justine Jordan (Jun 29, 2012)
 

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Semple, Mariaautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Broeder, LindaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Chichereau, CarineTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
de Vicq, Fearn CutlerDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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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