I loved this clever and heartfelt book about adventure, architecture, and how much we really understand about our own family. Fifteen-year-old Bee requests a trip to Antarctica as a reward for her perfect grades, and her neurotic and agoraphobic mother, Bernadette, disappears without warning while planning the trip. Bee is left to uncover her mother's past life an as architect in Seattle in an attempt to find her mother before disaster strikes. This book was so inventive--most of it is told through interviews, letters, and emails between characters. Maria Semple used to write for one of my favorite TV shows, Arrested Development, so the wit and roundabout humor in this book shines throughout.