Books Maria Semple Books by Maria Semple Maria Semple has written books about: Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Maria Semple 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.