Maura Fritz

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Did You Vote Yet for December?

Hello, Bookies: So much to talk about today! First, of course: the December book poll. Have you voted yet? See the four choices below, take the long holiday weekend to mull over your pick, if you’d like. But make sure that you cast your vote by 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, November 25. Second: Beginning with the next post, you’ll […]

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You Can Vote Now for Your December Book!

Hello, Bookies: The last time I led the club was in December 2010, and as hard as it is to believe that two years have passed, it’s equally hard to reconcile the fact that 2012 is coming to a close (even if, across the street, Radio City Music Hall is already decked out in all its holiday trimmings).   What […]

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Author Erik Larson Answers Questions About In the Garden of Beasts

Hi, Bookies: While the Real Simple offices in midtown Manhattan were totally spared damage from Hurricane Sandy, we know that many of our readers have suffered losses and hardships from the storm, and our thoughts go out to them. One thing that did brighten a gray day: a note back with Erik Larson’s answers to our questions about his nonfiction […]

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Answer a Question for the February Issue

Hello, Bookies: From our friends down the hall on the print side of Real Simple comes this question: What book makes a great Valentine’s Day gift? Something sweetly romantic? Something sexy? Tell us in the comments below, including the book’s title and author, and your answer may run in the February 2013 issue of Real Simple.

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The Light Between Oceans’ M.L. Stedman Answers Your Questions: Spoiler Alert!

Hello, Bookies: Anyone who has already read The Light Between Oceans knows that it takes some twists and turns. But for those who might stumble across this blog post without having first read the book, its author, M.L. Stedman, cautions: “NB: Major spoiler alert! If you plan to read the book, I strongly suggest you read no further until you’ve […]

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Announcing the November Book

Hi, Bookies: By just a slim 10 votes, Kate Chopin’s 1899 classic, The Awakening, won the poll. Check in later this week, when Jenny Brown, Real Simple’s associate copy editor and our November discussion leader, will tell us a bit about both the book and herself and set up our reading schedule. See you then!

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Your November Voting Reminder

Hi, Bookies: We’re winding down on the November poll, and as I write this, no more than one vote separates the two books in the lead. Which means: Every vote counts! So if you haven’t marked your favorite of the four books below, you have until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, October 21, to do just that. Here again are […]

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The November Book Poll Is Now Open

Hi, Bookies: What you see above is a paper rendering of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, an American classic. Three of our four choices this month are American classics, too; the fourth is a much-loved novel by a Brit. All of the picks come by way of our November discussion leader, Jenny Brown, the associate copy editor on the print […]

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Which Book Won the October Poll?

Hi, Bookies: It was a decisive win for In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson’s incredible nonfiction telling of a somewhat obscure but nonetheless fascinating figure in American history: William Dodd, the unassuming history professor who became the U.S. ambassador to Nazi Germany. But the book is almost equally about his daughter, Martha, as reckless and outspoken as her father […]

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Don’t Forget: Vote for Your October Book

Hi, Bookies: Your usual friendly reminder that the book poll is closing soon: at 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, September 23. Vote now, if you haven’t already, for one of the four books below. Cheers! 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 […]

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