Reach & Read: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Book Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple


Seriously, one of the funny books I have consumed in a while. I enjoyed this in its audiobook version, which suited it quite while as there are several character voices that really shone with the narrator’s skill and Sempl’s epistolary delivery. Set in Seattle, with plenty of local references and jabs at our beloved Emerald City. Written so convincingly, that I had to Google, this top rated TED talk, and no, it doesn’t exist.

Seattle references turned into a word cloud (not proportional to mention however):

Like almost always there is at least one funny connection with my life. Seattle aside, the daughter’s name is bee (slightly partial) AND a pretty funny compounding pharmacy scene. This book was enjoyable, with interesting characters, a couple twists, a blackberry removal lesson and plenty of laughs. Enjoy!

Great lines!

“You’re bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s ON YOU to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”
― Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“Hovering over me was the Chihuly chandelier. Chihulys are the pigeons of Seattle. They’re everywhere and even if they don’t get in your way, you can’t help but build up a kind of antipathy toward them.”
― Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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