7 Books to read if you loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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Fans of Maria Semple’s beloved 2012 novel have been anticipating the book-to-screen adaptation of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett. If you love Bernadette, these books will give you all the feels of Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Maria Semple introduces us to Eleanor Flood, whose life has gone askew. Determined to get things back on track starting immediately, a newly-motivated Eleanor sets out to conquer her day, but little does she know that life – and her family – have other plans. With Semple’s signature humor, this heart-filled story about reinvention, friendship and gumption is sure to inspire.


Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Only Nora Ephron could make a painful, gut-wrenching divorce this funny. When Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband is in love with another women, she turns to food – which is convenient since she writes cookbooks for a living. Readers will love this tale of a failing relationship, group therapy and desperate measures, all topped off with some delicious recipes.


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

They say love is an art, not a science. But for Don Tillman, a brilliant scientist with Asperger’s syndrome, the task of finding a wife will be approached with organization, precision and the gathering of evidence via a 16-page survey to filter out the drinkers, smokers and late arrivers. In spite of his most disciplined efforts, he discovers that true love might be a different subject altogether.


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

You may have met some grumpy old men, but you haven’t met Ove. He’s the grumpiest. That is, until a new family moves in next door and Ove finds himself with some very unlikely and unexpected friends. In spite of all the comical happenings that offer reasons why the friendship shouldn’t work, Backman offers a touching tale about the impact one life can have on another.


On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman

Faith Frankel lives a peaceful life nestled in her suburban hometown, where she’s settling into a new bungalow on Turpentine Lane. She has the occasional distraction via her fiancé who’s away on a cross-country adventure, her hopeless mess of a boss and her philandering father. But when she finds some mysterious artifacts in her attic, she suspects that her life may not be as it seems.


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy was the ultimate it-girl of the ’60s, flourishing with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and on the fast track to stardom. The Six, a band led by Billy Dunne, was on its first tour when a producer decided to pair the acts. The result was legendary: Daisy Jones & The Six. This dreamy novel follows the rise and fall of an iconic band, revealing the mystery behind the infamous breakup.


How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim

When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law for the funeral. There, within the peaceful Mennonite community, and surrounded by cranberry fields, she begins to heal. Just as the possibility of new love begins to blossom, Ruth is faced with an impossible decision.

(Feature image courtesy of @jesdekker)

Alison Luther

Contributing Writer

Alison Luther is a freelance editor and writer based in Fredericksburg, TX, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her background is in digital consumer content and marketing strategies, but today she focuses on small business marketing, ghostwriting, and writing about all things books on She Reads. In addition to raising longhorn, chickens, and children, she loves to cook and is a voracious reader.

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