Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I am completely mystified by the love for this book. I once wrote very publicly and loudly on this here Goodreads that I could never love a satire -- don't even remember which book I was reviewing*. “Bernadette is an exaggerated version of the author – before she fell in love with the winter weather, said Semple, who will speak Oct. 10 in Spokane about her book, this year’s Spokane Is Reading selection.” (spokesman.com). The novel explores themes of family, mental illness, and unconditional love of imperfect people. Well I guess this is how: it was entertaining in a way, and it definitely had a certain readability about it. Did you sympathize with Bernadette or did you have Elgin’s point of view that her reactions weren’t justified and that she should “get over it”? This book made me laugh out loud, but also has a lot of heart. -43. Sporting a brown bob, she likes to hide behind dark sunglasses and look the other way when she's approached by adoring fans or local busybodies — like her overbearing neighborhood nemesis, Audrey, played by a terrific Kristen Wiig. Emma Nelson On Her Debut Role In Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Her parents reluctantly agree. It's my cheese, my oreo cookie, my soft blanket on a cold winter's night, my let's pack everything up and head out for an adventure because FUCK YEAH WE'RE ALIVE. I am DNFing at 25%, and it's not because of the epistolary writing. Laugh out loud comedy about a family in crisis. What we have here is a satirical epistolary novel about a bunch of whiny one percenters in Seattle. Whether you agree with that or not, it's hard to deny that Blanchett was the right genius for the role of Bernadette Fox, the central character in this delightful and eccentric adaptation of Maria Semple's 2012 novel. Do you feel she really was treated as an outsider or do you think her being an outsider is self-imposed? “This song reminds me of you.” She had tears in her eyes.”, Quote 5: “I’d say I never considered myself a great architect. Favorites: "Suddenly, Audrey Griffin started running toward the car all stiff and out of rhythm. Relentlessly (for most of the book). ), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Humor (2012), What's the profanity like in this book? I figure my best hope of getting more readers than the Cubs have victories is to mention straight away Maria Semple’s bona fides as a satirist. She’s disgusted by homeless people, presumably because she’s upset they interrupt her otherwise privileged Seattle days. Instead, due to the global pandemic, the Brooklyn-based... To see what your friends thought of this book. In order to do this, please note that some links below are affiliate links. Not even interest, really, just attention. She may be a misanthrope, but she's a misanthrope you can't help but love, whether she's launching into one anguished verbal aria after another or dictating lengthy, punctuation-free emails to her virtual personal assistant. Which ones were healthy? As singular as Bernadette is, she feels distantly related to all the marginalized misfits and wayward souls Linklater has gravitated toward in movies as different as Slacker and School of Rock. "Perhaps because we both went to prep school and Ivy League universities ourselves, we did not fetishize them like other Seattle parents." I think that has to do with being a mother. I would rate this book as in my top ten ever read. Somehow. Set principally in Seattle this is a highly entertaining story of Bernadette, a talented architect who hasn’t worked for twenty years, her husband Elgin who is a genius doing terribly clever things at Microsoft and their wonderful daughter Bee. The characters are all detestable, and even if we’re supposed to find Bernadette charming in her oddities, she is always spewing racist comments to her “personal assistant”, supposedly a woman in India who she pays 75 cents a day. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Where'd You Go, Bernadette follows a brilliant architect who, in the midst of a decades-long career slump, disappears to recapture her life's passion in the unlikeliest place imaginable. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What do you think the future holds for them? Works with Elgin Branch at Microsoft, How did you like the setup of the book being told through Bee’s point of view as well as letters, emails, and memos from Bee’s investigation. I was overwhelmed by what transpires in the book. There is no breathing space, no lull. Even on the busiest call nights at work, the phrase that never fails to grab my attention regardless of whatever else I may be doing is, What happens when the creative urge is stifled, by others, one’s own, Where'd you go Bernardette, by Maria Semple is simple a riot of a, Dropping at 65 pages. It captured this moment when I was feeling rejected professionally and feeling like a victim in a bad way. (theguardian.com), Quote 1: “I’m not too good when exposed to people”  -Bernadette, Quote 2: “Can you believe the weather?’…’Actually, I CAN believe the weather. So much happens. "Wooowww," Audrey Griffin said, spreading the word up and down like a roller coaster. Now she lives in Seattle, in an enormous ramshackle house with her husband, Elgie, and their teenage daughter, Bee. Start by marking “Where'd You Go, Bernadette” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I raced back down the concrete ramp, faster than I ever had before, so fast I should have fallen, but I didn’t fall, because Mom was in the world.”  -Bee, Quote 8: “This is why you must love life: one day you’re offering up your social security number to the Russian Mafia; two weeks later you’re using the word calve as a verb.”  -Bernadette, Have everyone come in Bernadette style. "There's a story that during the filming of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola had a sign on his trailer: 'Fast, Cheap, Good: Pick Two." Bernadette arranges something for her, but we quickly learn that Bernadette's life is already interesting enough as it is. … Maybe she was just a lady who was crafty. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is her 2nd novel. You could just tell she hadn't run in about ten years." I wish people didn't just become more of their worst traits as they aged!" She is in feud with a lady who says she ran over her foot. But despite that, I felt like I was a novelist. I know I usually use the word "engrossing" in a positive way, to convey that a book was compelling and interesting, fascinating and exciting. There are a few different foods mentioned in the book: chocolate cake and coffee or you could do Seattle-themed food, like seafood. There’s nothing here I’m remotely invested in reading about, least of all this title character. When Bee receives perfect grades in middle school, she requests a family trip to Antartica, setting in motion a zany adventure for the Branch/Fox family. Quote 4: “When “Here Comes the Sun” started, what happened? I think it’s time that I officially decide books about socialites and suburbs are not for me. Bernadette can be acerbic, tender, charming and maddening, sometimes all at once, and it's both funny and painful to watch Blanchett strip away the character's psychological defenses, layer by fragile layer. Plot Summary Bee Branch, whose real name is Balakrishna Branch, is in her last year at Galer Street School in Seattle. Not sure how they’re going to match this book in the film but is suspect that too will be very entertaining! A douche canoe that I (probably shouldn't have) dated for a couple months a few years ago once told me that I didn't like, Just found this book in my luggage recently, I read it while traveling a while back, and never got around to recording it here. Somehow. I loved it. Bernadette Fox has vanished. Complete summary of Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette. "Wooowww," Audre. The title of Where'd You Go, Bernadette asks what happened to the brilliant creative force Bernadette used to be. Hope that helps. No, the sun didn’t come out, but Mom opened up like the sun breaking through the clouds. You see that one star rating? I’m more of a creative problem solver with good taste and a soft spot for logistical nightmares.”  -Bernadette, Quote 6: “Maybe that’s what religion is, hurling yourself off a cliff and trusting that something bigger will take care of you and carry you to the right place.”  – Bee, Quote 7: “I can pinpoint that as the single happiest moment of my life, because I realized then that Mom would always have my back. (Or you could share the Bernadette style as a book club favor.). Bee, played by a winning newcomer named Emma Nelson, is plucky and smart, and she has managed to talk her parents into going on a family vacation to Antarctica before she departs for an elite boarding school.

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