Books Maria Semple Books by Maria Semple Maria Semple has written books about: Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Maria Semple Author Interviews 'Today Will Be Different' Tackles Parenting Fatigue And Middle-Aged Marriage Fresh Air December 6, 2016 Maria Semple's new comic novel is about a stressed-out wife and mother who starts every day with a mantra. She tells Fresh Air's Sam Briger that the book was inspired by her own experiences as a mom. 'Today Will Be Different' Tackles Parenting Fatigue And Middle-Aged Marriage Listen · 18:54 18:54 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/504549855/504570215" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads December 6, 2016 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Today Will Be Different Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption toggle caption Raquel Zaldivar/NPR Book Reviews Moving, Memorable 'Today Will Be Different' Balances Humor And Tragedy October 4, 2016 Maria Semple's new novel centers on erratic, overworked mother Eleanor, who makes a promise before the book begins: Today will be different. And it is, but not the way she expected or hoped for. Author Interviews Overwhelmed Mom Seeks 'A Basic Amount Of Dignity' In 'Today Will Be Different' October 2, 2016 Today, Eleanor Flood will only wear yoga clothes for yoga — which today she will actually attend. Novelist Maria Semple says her frazzled heroine "has decided ... to set the bar very low for herself." Overwhelmed Mom Seeks 'A Basic Amount Of Dignity' In 'Today Will Be Different' Listen · 6:01 6:01 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/496062584/496282870" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript A man reaches for a wooden cross in the sea during an Epiphany ceremony in the Greek port of Thessaloniki on January 6, 2011. Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Is There Existential Meaning Beyond Religion? August 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? New In Paperback April 1-7: An MIA Mom, A Deluded Romance And Homegrown Terrorism April 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. Books Searching For 'Bernadette' In The Wilds Of Seattle August 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. Searching For 'Bernadette' In The Wilds Of Seattle Listen · 6:12 6:12 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/159544124/159975453" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Book Reviews Screwball Satire With A Warm Heart In 'Bernadette' August 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. Critics' Lists: Summer 2012 Literary Look Ahead: 13 Great Books On The Horizon 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.