No-Obligation Book Club
You love curling up with a classic novel. You love talking with friends about the latest Jodi Picoult bestseller. But you can’t stand the obligations of a book club. (What time? What place? Who’s bringing the chip dip?)

We feel your pain. That’s why RealSimple.com has started the No-Obligation Book Club.

No time frame, no deadlines, no obligations: just the pleasures of reading good books, as suggested―and led―by Real Simple editors. The goal is to get the benefits of a book club...without feeling overwhelmed by rigid schedules.

Recent Posts By No-Obligation Book Club

Testimony: Anita Shreve Answers Your Questions

The devastating conclusion of the February pick, Testimony, revolves around the death of a key character. Author Anita Shreve, understandably, would prefer not to name that character here, to avoid spoiling the ending for those club members who may come across this Q&A without having first read the book. Testimony, readers, however, will know which character is being discussed. —Maura […]

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December: Pages 1 Through 66

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the first two chapters of December. I definitely did. The characters are so complex that I was left with many questions. Let’s dig in.

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December: Introduction

Hi, everyone: My name is Amanda Armstrong, and I am an associate editor at Real Simple. I am thrilled to be sharing Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop’s December with you all. Now, before we get started, I have a confession to make: In the spirit of sharing, a prerequisite for our endeavor together, I have to admit that this is my very […]

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Testimony: The Conclusion, Plus Anita Shreve

The relaunch of RealSimple.com successfully accomplished (and I hope you’ve been checking out the new site), I finally could get back to the book. And this time I got so caught up in it again so quickly that by Gary’s chapter, when I knew what was coming, I thought, I just don’t know if I can read this. Something terrible […]

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March Selection

After a last-minute rush on the site by fans of the author, Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop’s December was chosen as the club’s March read. Please join Associate Editor Amanda Armstrong later this week as she introduces the book and herself.

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