Besides falling leaves, what will October bring? Gary Ryan, Real Simple’s executive director of brand development and strategy, offers a choice of two novels by contemporary writers, one classic, and a work of nonfiction that has been singled out by a few readers as an all-time favorite. Vote for your favorite by Sunday, September 27.
The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb
A family grapples with the realities of life following the Columbine tragedy in Lamb’s complex story of a search for meaning.
A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore
Moore’s long-awaited return to fiction is a darkly wry coming-of-age tale of a college student who learns more than she had bargained for when she’s hired as a nanny.
Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
Pulitzer Prize winner Stegner’s classic is a meditation on the bonds, strains, triumphs, and sadness of long-term friendship, here forged between two young couples during the Depression.
Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver RelinInspirational nonfiction about one American man’s “mission to promote peace one school at a time,” as he fulfills the promise he made to impoverished Pakistani villagers. Click here to place your vote.