Monday, September 22, 2014

I Caved

Having spent the past few days coughing my head off, I was able to rationalize full days on the couch reading. I'm glad I finally caved and read this highly touted novel.

From Amazon:

"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."

This little excerpt from the New Yorker Magazine is in the back of the book and will give you some idea of Maria Semple's sense of humour. Teacher's will especially enjoy this little note.


  1. Reading a book which really makes one laugh is such a treat, as there are so many sad and depressing stories out there. I assume there is a happy ending which is a rarity. Sounds like a great read.

  2. Oh dear...this coughing has become an annual event for you!
    Right along with your birthday!
    Take care of yourself...enjoy your reading!