Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

A sleeper summer hit, Maria Semple’s second novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Little, Brown, $25.99), is a quirky sendup of crunchy, Microsoft-centric Seattle culture. This pastiche of an epistolary novel weaves the likes of school report cards, emergency room bills, and police reports to tell the story of a once-famous MacArthur genius award-winning architect unraveling in relative obscurity at midlife. Told largely from the point of view of Bee, an eighth-grader coming to grips with the possible dissolution of her family when her mother goes missing, the story is as tender as it is hilarious, a feat that perhaps only a former staff writer of the deliciously twisted television series Arrested Development could successfully pull off.

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ISBN: 9780316204279
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 14th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

You Are the Love of My Life - Susan Richards Shreve

Susan Richards Shreve is at the height of her powers with You Are the Love of My Life (W.W. Norton $25.95), a quiet, evocative, expertly paced ode to suburban Washington in the 1970s. Set against the backdrop of the crumbling Nixon administration and told by a young single mother who leaves her married lover in New York to return home, this is a story about the corrosive power of secrets, both personal and political. This prolific local author, co-chair of the PEN/ Faulkner foundation, has penned fourteen novels, a memoir, and twenty-nine children’s books.

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ISBN: 9780393345940
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 5th, 2013

Love Bomb - Lisa Zeidner

In a suburban New Jersey great room, an aggrieved woman wearing a wedding dress, a gas mask, and reinforced steel-toe work boots upstages the bride and takes the guests hostage—a disproportionate percentage of whom happen to be Jewish psychotherapists all too eager to offer competing diagnoses: “They would think she was schizophrenic just on the basis of the outfit. The outfit alone screamed inpatient.” Lisa Zeidner’s deliciously dark and very funny fifth novel, Love Bomb (Sarah Crichton, $26), has received rave reviews in both The New York Times and The Washington Post; Jonathan Yardley compared her to the late, beloved novelist Laurie Colwin. The book’s warmth and hilarity are scaffolded by Zeidner’s crisp sentences and her sharp observations of suburban life.

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ISBN: 9781250037695
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Published: Picador - May 28th, 2013