Maria Semple

Maria Semple


Maria Semple's first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

3.90 avg rating — 300,812 ratings — published 2012 — 86 editions
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Today Will Be Different

3.19 avg rating — 43,093 ratings — published 2016 — 30 editions
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This One is Mine

3.01 avg rating — 7,947 ratings — published 2008 — 13 editions
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Hoje vai ser diferente

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October 2016, Maria Semple
""I want my readers to be thinking, 'Wait, did that just really happen?'" The Where'd You Go, Bernadette author talks mom guilt, fear, and her new book, Today Will Be Different. " ...More

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“That's right,' she told the girls. 'You are bored. And I'm going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it's boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it's on you to make life interesting, the better off you'll be.”
Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette

“My heart started racing, not the bad kind of heart racing, like I'm going to die. But the good kind of heart racing, like, Hello, can I help you with something? If not, please step aside because I'm about to kick the shit out of life.”
Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette

“This is why you must love life: one day you're offering up your social security number to the Russian Mafia; two weeks later you're using the word calve as a verb.”
Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette


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