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May 2014: Suggestions

Maria Semple: Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Goodreads: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
So far we've got nine suggestions, room for one more in the poll. :)
Let me know if you either changed your mind or want to add a(nother) book. If not, I think I'll go ahead and get the poll going soon.

Conscious Bob
Charles Stross: The Atrocity Papers

Edmund Cooper: All Fools Day

Betty Smith: A Tree Grows in Boston
Sarah Miller: Miss Spitfire
Markus Zusak: The Book Thief
Jamie Ford: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

James Salter: Light Years
Marilynn Robinson: Gilead

Yours truly
Maria Semple: Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
The king by JR Ward or Death Has a Daughter by Candice Burnett.
Either works, both paranormal. One is Paranormal romance, the second is YA.