Maura Fritz

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The May Book Poll Is Open!

Hi, Bookies: 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 […]

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Rules of Civility’s Amor Towles

Hi, Bookies: The author of Rules of Civility, our February book, answers questions about who—and what—inspired his story, the relationships of his characters, and what interests him as a writer. (Note: Our questions appear below in the order in which the author answered them, and in terms of punctuation and such I’ve forgone the usual spit and polish: I like his ampersands.) […]

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Question for the July Issue

Good day, Bookies: Our friends down the hall on the print side of Real Simple have this question for you: What book turned you into a reader? (For me it was The Cat in the Hat, the very first book that I remember reading on my own.) Tell us a little bit about the book below, including the title and […]

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There’s Something Funny About April

Hi, Bookies: And it’s, in two words, Tina Fey. After an almost-win last year, Bossypants, the witty first book from the actress-slash-producer-slash-screenwriter, quite handily took first place in our April poll. Leigh Torretta, RealSimple.com’s account services manager and our discussion leader next month, will say hello and introduce the book later this week. See you then!

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Don’t Forget to Make Your April Pick

Hi, Bookies: It’s Tina Fey in the lead…for now? You make the call: Cast your vote, if you haven’t already, for your April book from the choices below. The poll is open until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) this Sunday, March 25. Bossypants, by Tina Fey The previous almost-winner returns. Fey’s well-reviewed collection of essays about life, family, and career is […]

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Pick Your April Book

Hi, Bookies: The poll is now open for April. What’s on the table: hilarious and astute observations from Tina Fey (she’s baaaackkkk) and Sloane Crosley, a fictionalized look at Wall Street, and a uniquely twisted detective story. Leigh Torretta will be our leader—should you be looking for Leigh, you’ll find her with RS.com’s ad sales crew. Have a peek at […]

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Your March Book and…Mindy Kaling!

Hi, Bookies: I’m just busting with news today. First up: your March pick. By a margin of almost 100 votes, Stella Gibbons’s delightfully English Cold Comfort Farm cinched the win. Our March discussion leader, RS copy editor Terri Schlenger, will check in later this week with a reading schedule and a hello. And I also heard from Mindy Kaling, who […]

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Last Call for March Votes

Hi, Bookies: If you haven’t voted yet for your March book, don’t forget that the poll closes this Sunday, February 26, at 11:59 p.m. ET. (Let’s just hope the Oscars aren’t wrapping up at that hour too; yowzah.) For more on your choices—and then to cast your vote—see below. The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro This elegiac novel […]

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March Book Poll, Now Open

Hi, Bookies: Well, we seem to have struck a chord with the February choices, so we’re going to stay in kind of the same neighborhood come March: a neighborhood where the accents are British, the chatter is witty, and the homes skew toward the “stately pile” ilk. The four choices touch on comedy, tragedy, romance, and heartbreak, and they come […]

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Get Yourself Into the May Issue!

Hi, Bookies: So our friends down the hall on the print side of Real Simple would like to ask you this question: Who is your favorite mother in a work of literature? The book cover above is from the edition of Little Women I owned as a child. I always liked the character of Marmie, because (1) her name was Marmie, (2) she […]

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