Brand & Martinez for September 11, 2012

Maria Semple's 'Where'd You Go, Bernardette?'

Darren Star & Maria Semple Speak At The Strand Book Store

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Writer Maria Semple poses for photos at Strand Book Store in New York City.

Author Maria Semple left LA several years ago and moved to Seattle. And that's where her latest novel, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?," unfolds.

Semple, a former comedy writer for "Arrested Development" and "Suddenly Susan," writes about Bernadette Fox, a stay-at-home mom who detests the helicopter parents at her daughter's progressive private school.

Fox's husband is a senior level manager at Microsoft who's famous for giving the 4th most watched TED talk of all time. Their daughter, Bee, is a precocious 8th grader who's convinced her parents to take a family trip to Antarctica. The drama that unfolds next is told is through a series of emails, police reports and memos to from and about Bernadette.

Read an excerpt of "Where's You Go, Bernardette?"

Guest:

Maria Semple, author and former comedy writer


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