We’ve just barely kicked off February, true, but it’s a short month so we need to start thinking about March already! Our choices this month come courtesy of RealSimple.com Managing Editor Kathleen Harris, who—you may remember—led the club in discussing The Art of Racing in the Rain back in November 2009. This time around, along with fiction, Kathleen has thrown short stories and a fascinating true-life story into the mix. See the picks below, then vote for your favorite—the poll is open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 20. Thanks, Bookies!
Room: A Novel, by Emma Donoghue
Told from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy, the emotionally provocative Room explores the bonds between mother and child—in this case, a mother and child kept imprisoned in the 11-by-11-foot space that gives the novel its name.
I Don’t Know How She Does It, by Allison Pearson
Pearson’s debut, published in 2003, is a bitingly witty but thoroughly human portrayal of one woman’s attempts to balance work and life.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Award-winning writer Skloot’s true tale of medicine and science, as intriguing as a top-notch detective story, traces the life and death of a poor Virginia migrant worker whose cancerous tissue yielded cells that became the catalysts for stunning medical breakthroughs.
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Characters and themes unite an exquisitely written quintet of novellas by the author of Never Let Me Go and Remains of the Day.