Maura Fritz

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The February Winner

Hi, Bookies: It was a resounding win for Amor Towles’s debut novel of romance, friendship, deceit, and heartbreak among the sophisticated set in late-1930s New York City. (I took this book on vacation with me this past fall, and it was just the right choice—one of those novels you simply surrender to. I hope you enjoy it as much as […]

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Ask Mindy Kaling Your Questions (And Vote Too!)

Hi, Bookies: Happy to tell you that Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? author Mindy Kaling is going to answer some questions from us. I’m going to kick things off by asking these: • What’s your favorite Kelly Kapoor line, and did you write it? And: • It’s probably not uncommon to find a producer who writes or a writer […]

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The February Book Poll Is Now Open

Hi, Bookies: My niece and nephew each got a sled under the Christmas tree this year—not of the Radio Flyer sort that I had when I was a kid, but slick molded-plastic numbers with zippy colors and flashing lights. I was kind of itching to try one out (the hitch: no snow), since the last time I went sledding was […]

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And the January Winner Is. . .

Hi, Bookies: Here’s how we’ll be starting off the New Year: with Mindy Kaling’s fresh and funny Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Jamie McNamara, our January discussion leader, will say hi a little later this week, but this is my last official post of 2011. See you in 2012, Bookies. May your holidays be safe, happy, peaceful, and merry.

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Answer This Question for Our April Issue

Hi, Bookies: Out in the world it’s holiday time, but down the hall on Real Simple’s print side, it’s spring. So as they put together the April issue, our friends over there would like to know: What author do you admire most, and why? Post below, and your answer may run in the April issue. Thanks, everyone!

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Don’t Forget: Vote for January!

Hi, Bookies: I realize that I am likely the only one who monitors our book poll like it was the NYSE, but, yes, I track it closely enough that I pretty much could tell you at any time which book is winning. Not this go-round, though: The lead changes from moment to moment, it seems. As I post, only three […]

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A Message From Peter Hedges

Hi, Bookies: I just don’t think I’ll ever get jaded about hearing from the authors whose books we read in our club. So it was a kick not only to hear from Peter Hedges, author of The Heights (and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), but—after I thanked him for taking part in this Q&A—to have him thank us for allowing him […]

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It’s Time to Vote for January

Hi, Bookies: Seems like 2011 is rushing toward the finish line. Hard to believe we’re already staring down 2012. No: impossible, right? Well, here’s a good way to kick it off: with a dig-into-it read by or about a well-known person. Though the subjects of the books led (or are leading, anyway) very different lives, each has had impact in his […]

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Don’t Forget: Vote for December’s Book!

Hello, Bookies: So, clearly all of our choices this month have big fan bases, because not a single one has been left in the dust. But though all have been polling good numbers steadily, one has definitely broken away from the pack: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Have you voted yet? If not, the poll is open until 11:59 p.m. […]

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Get Yourself Into the March Issue!

Hi, Bookies: For the March issue of Real Simple, this is what our friends down the hall on the print side would like to know: What book brightens your mood? Reply below, including the title, the author, and a line on why the book gives you a lift, and your answer could appear in print. Thanks, gang!

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