Where’d You Go, Bernadette; by Maria Semple
17 Dec 2012
Bee's mother isn't like the other mothers at her Seattle private school. Bernadette is stylish, sharp, impulsive, uninterested in PTA meetings, and Bee's best friend.
Bernadette is a constant, orbital presence in Bee's life. But when Bee claims her chosen reward for acing her classes (or the closest she can get in a school without real grades), it starts a chain reaction that leads to her mother's mysterious and miraculous disappearance.
Bernadette is funny and fascinating, Bee is confident and tenacious, and this story, cobbled together from e-mail records and Bee's notes of the events leading to her mother's absence, is a crazy, funny look at life in the 21st century. Also, because of it I discovered that you can take a cruise to Antarctica!
Good for: You, if you like humor and coming-of-age stories about wacky families. Also: huge nerds will giggle through every Microsoft and TED Talk reference (I did!).