where'd you go, bernadette by maria semple

Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 11.07.26 AM Quirky, quirky, quirky. And to be perfectly honest I knew I wanted to read this book because I loved the cover graphic. And I was not disappointed.

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. - Amazon

Maria is the author of This One is Mine. Before turning to fiction she wrote for Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development.