Welcome, Bookies!

Hi! I’m Lisa Whitmore, and I’m excited to be your No Obligation Book Club leader—for the first time—this month. Here at Real Simple, I’m the senior beauty and health editor. That means I edit our beauty and health stories, research all sorts of interesting health topics, interview doctors and other experts, and, yes, test out a lot of lipstick. Tough job, I know.

I’m really happy that you chose Talking to Girls About Duran Duran for our book this month, seeing as Duran Duran was my first bona fide band obsession in middle school. (I remember sitting in my friend Lisa G’s bedroom with our 45’s of “The Reflex” with the limited edition poster sleeve, deciding which of the guys would be our boyfriend for the day—mine was Simon. Again, middle school.) When I flipped through this book, I was taken with author Rob Sheffield’s totally relatable voice, and seeing both the Smiths and the Psychedelic Furs in the table of contents…well, that sealed the I-need-to-read-this deal for me.

I have a hunch I’m going to want to blow through the whole book in one sitting, but in the name of good discussion, I promise to pace myself. In fact, let’s break up the reading like this:

For Friday, June 10: the Go-Go’s through Roxy Music.

For Friday, June 17: Bonnie Tyler through the Smiths.

For Friday, June 24: the Psychedelic Furs through Duran Duran.

We’ve got a nice, long weekend to get reading, but before you go, tell me: What was your favorite ’80s band? (Mine? So hard to choose…I’ll say New Order.)

—Lisa

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