Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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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  • Phylicia

    I tried reading this and it's too weird and confusing for me. If it were more in story form than email, mail and other weird formats I might be able to. I've noticed some parts read like a regular book, but if the entire book isn't like that, then I'd get confused and bored. Maybe for the next book.

    June 22, 2014

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    A former member

    I'm doing this book for the book club I run on may 19th in Arlington heights if anyone wants to double up!

    May 7, 2014

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