You’ll recognize a couple of titles in this month’s poll, since we brought back two strong contenders from recent months: Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate (March) and Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem (April). (Yes, Bossypants killed it in the long run, but Lethem’s quirky take on the detective novel racked up substantial numbers.) Joining them: two novels with uniquely different settings. Leading the group in May will be Brigitt Hauck. Brigitt joined the RS.com staff just over a year ago, and in that time she has become indispensable around here, handling everything from the meals on photo shoots to newsletters like Daily Thought. She’s also the woman behind those clever problem-solvers we feature on the site every Friday. And shortly, Brigitt will be certified by the French Culinary Institute, where she’s been studying since last fall. After she finishes for the day here in the RS.com offices, Brigitt works as a line cook at L’Ecole, the school’s restaurant, a few nights a week. Where she gets the stamina to pull that off, I just don’t know! In any case, on top of all that, she’ll be spearheading the discussion of the winner you pick from the four books below. Poll’s open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, April 23.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Morgenstern’s debut novel, about two fiercely competitive young magicians who fall deeply in love, has been described as “magical,” in all its meanings.
Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert
A gripping and beautifully told novel that opens in the Honolulu of the 1890s and then moves to the quarantined colony of Kalaupapa, when its young central character contracts leprosy.
Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford
Set in England between the wars, this romantic comedy follows the travails of Polly Hampton, recently returned from India to find a suitable match in the “cold climate” of English high society.
Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem
Lethem’s unconventional take on the detective novel centers on the murder of a small-time Brooklyn mobster and the orphan with Tourette’s syndrome who sets out to crack the case.