Oct 25, 2013 — Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple's tale of a teen tracking down her mom, remains at No. 4.
Aug 12, 2013 — Religion offers existential and emotional benefits that science can't seem to match. According to Commentator Tania Lombrozo, there's a tension in nature and science between beauty and bleakness. Can a scientific, naturalistic worldview be as fulfilling as religious belief?
Jun 7, 2013 — At No. 3, a teenager searches for her missing mother in Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
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.