October, with its falling leaves and corn mazes, apple picking and pumpkins, Halloween and trick-or-treaters. (At least, that’s this New Yorker’s version of October; what’s yours?) And for our group: a choice between three very different novels and one fascinating work of nonfiction. RS.com Deputy Editor Maggie Shi, who handles all of our recipe content, has a big hand in our annual Month of Dinners campaign (more on this in the coming weeks), and blogs for us on all things food, will be our leader for the second time around. (In Maggie’s last book club outing, we read Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls.) Check out our four contenders below, then vote: The poll is open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 23.
An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin
The acclaimed actor, comedian, musician, and author sets his smart novel of manners in the art scene of New York City (a world that Martin, a serious art collector, knows well), from the go-go early ’90s to 9/11 and the seismic financial crisis of 2008-2009.
State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
The mysterious death of a colleague sends a pharmaceutical researcher to the Amazon in search of answers. What she encounters in this latest work from club favorite Patchett: sweltering jungles, dangerous creatures, and a reunion with a secretive former mentor.
Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
Love and family are at the heart of this second novel from the author of Commencement, as three generations of Kelleher women unpack their own secrets, hopes, and longings when they arrive at their summer cottage in Maine.
In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
Larson’s jaw-dropping story of the American ambassador to Nazi Germany and his willfull, social-climbing daughter is all the more incredible for being true.