Apr 1, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Maria Semple chronicles a daughter's search for her missing mother, Jess Walter imagines a glimmering but futile courtship, and Lionel Shriver delivers a tongue-in-cheek take on terrorism. In nonfiction, Victoria Sweet recounts her unusual medical training.
Aug 24, 2012 — Comedy writer Maria Semple's latest, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, follows 15-year-old Bee as she tracks down her mother, Bernadette, who disappeared on the eve of a family trip to Antarctica. Bernadette is an epistolary novel that paints an acidly funny portrait of life in Seattle.
Aug 14, 2012 — In former television writer Maria Semple's second novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, 15-year-old Bee searches for her missing mother, an eccentric former architect. Semple mixes police and FBI reports, school documents and catty emails, all with commentary from Bee.
May 24, 2012 — Critic Michael Schaub offers a sneak peek at some of the most hotly anticipated books of the summer: An Obama bio. A sparkling debut. Thrillers of both the fictional and body-science kind. Even Lincoln is reborn in this season of sun, sand, renewal — and reading.
Jul 2, 2011 — The British explorer may have been beaten to the South Pole, but the experiments he conducted along the way changed science forever. What Robert Falcon Scott achieved, says author Edward Larson, went far beyond what his peers accomplished.
Sep 9, 2010 — The last thing a grad student needs is another reading list, but don't worry — this one will help. Author Adam Ruben recommends three titles that will help you get through the languorous slog of post-baccalaureate education.
Jul 8, 2008 — For anyone who has ever stepped foot on a boat and wondered, "If it sank, what would I do?" these three books about nautical disaster — and resourcefulness — offer a template for survival.
Jun 16, 2007 — "This is the kind of book you'll find yourself thinking about long after you've gone on to other novels," says librarian Nancy Pearl of The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier.
Jul 11, 2006 — There are some books that are so good that you just can't get on with your life until you've turned the last page. Nancy Pearl offers books that make it tempting to call in sick just to be able to read to the end without stopping.
Apr 17, 2006 — "I couldn't put it down," says Michigan listener Cyndi of Kevin Brockmeier's novel about an afterlife realm populated by the dead called The City.