Wednesday, March 20, 2013

currently reading | where'd you go, bernadette?



After finding this book in a few searches for a new read, I found myself desperately seeking it out. A few trips to Rainy Day books, daily searches on Amazon returning copies still running upwards of $20, and numerous inquiries made at the dreaded Barnes & Noble. No copies. A few weeks later, and a few stops at the gas station, I finally had it in my possession. All of that effort expended, I started and completed this book in under 8 hours. A fraction of the time spent thinking about and hunting this book down. So. Good.

Maria Semple’s satirical exploration of privilege is fresh and interesting and wildly entertaining. When Bernadette Fox, a quirky hermit goes missing, her daughter Bee sets out on the quest to find her. Told through the lens of e-mails and letters and Bee’s own recounting of events, we see much more than just the social commentary of children growing up privileged, but a young girls love for her imperfect—and often difficult—mother. It’s hilarious (“Victims of Victimhood” had me laughing out loud alone in the Nashville airport. I was not even the slight bit embarrassed.) and touching in the a wonderful, non-gooey but still sentimental way. A read that I believe transcends gender and age. If you like books, read this one. 

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