Book Review and Give Away: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Friday, August 31, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
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.

My Thoughts
Where'd You Go, Bernadette is Maria Semple's second novel. A couple of years ago, I enjoyed reading her first, This One Is Mine (here's my review of This One Is Mine in case you missed it). If Maria Semple's new book was anything like her debut, I knew I'd be getting a smart and entertaining novel. Where'd You Go, Bernadette far exceeded my expectations. I loved this wonderful book that combines the moving and the hilarious, poking fun at the absurd extremes of social, parenting, and professional overachievers. There's satire and emotional pain, hilarity and seriousness, all mixed up with an amusing glimpse at Seattle life.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is new this month from Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group. Check out the book and the author on Facebook.

The Giveaway
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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this review. This post is not compensated and reflects my personal opinion that may differ from yours. 

25 comments:

  1. DarcyO said...

    Louise Penny's The Beautiful Mystery is on my list.

  2. holdenj said...

    Can't wait to read A Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny.

  3. Jenny Sims said...

    Currently re-reading the Harry Potter series, and Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella.

  4. Tore said...

    I want to read the Rise of Nine. There are so many new books coming out that I want to read. Tore923@aol.com

  5. ossmcalc said...

    Up next is THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain.

    thank you,

    Christine W
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  6. lag123 said...

    Up next is Love is Murder Anthology.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  7. Kimberly said...

    The Room
    Kims2312@verizon.net

  8. Carl said...

    A bunch of stuff, leading off with Amelia Anne is Dead and gone.

  9. Carl said...

    A bunch of stuff, leading off is Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.

  10. Anonymous said...

    The Bible. Patricia

  11. Kathy said...

    The Sense of Ending by Julian Barners

  12. Paul T / Pauline T said...

    I just finished reading "Flesh" - - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  13. Paul T / Pauline T said...

    Followed on RSS…Google reader subscriber …as Paul T / Pauline T (Paul Tran…pls use emscout9 at hotmail dot com instead of gmail to contact me)

  14. Twisty J said...

    I am getting ready to start 'The Shoemaker's Wife', and just finished 'Seraphina'. Thanks!

  15. Anonymous said...

    50 shades :)

    Jocelyne Alldrick
    jocypou@hotmail.com

  16. Addibrae said...

    I intend to read The Hunger games soon

  17. Charity and John said...

    Dream Lake by Lisa K.
    primabee at hotmail dot com

  18. Tanis S said...

    Black Hills!

  19. corey said...

    The Green Mile
    coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

  20. Kristie said...

    I need to read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson eventually. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  21. Kris said...

    I'm reading 50 shades of grey

  22. Shooting Stars Mag said...

    Right now I'm reading this YA book called Fingerprints of You that is quite good. I'm also reading some Sherlock Holmes short stories for school.

  23. Anita Yancey said...

    I am reading right now Another Thing To Fall by Laura Lippman.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  24. Maureen said...

    I am reading Second Nature by Michael Pollan.

  25. Eliza Daly said...

    Clockwork Angel

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