10 New Must-Reads for August

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (August 14)

The day before she’s meant to take her daughter on a family cruise to Antarctica (a reward for her good grades, of course), Bernadette Fox — once-famous architect, agoraphobic recluse, beloved mother to 15-year-old Bee — disappears. It’s left to her daughter to sift through the papers her mother leaves behind — bills, invoices, correspondence — to try to decipher where she went, and maybe who she was. Semple, once a writer for Arrested Development, picks apart the mundane interactions of everyday life with a hilarious hand, and you’re sure to be as swept up in this witty, inventive mystery as we were.