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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Hello, Bookies: I hope all of you East Coast readers weathered the storm all right; I live in Brooklyn relatively close to the water, but I was lucky enough not to experience any damage or lose power. So while the wind rattled against my windows, I curled up by my reading lamp with this wonderful novel. Kate Chopin is poetic […]
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 […]
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.
Hi, Bookies: I’m Jenny Brown, the associate copy editor at Real Simple and your discussion leader for this month. My job entails thinking about words and punctuation and sentence structure and reading Real Simple all day—it’s a pretty great gig for a grammar lover like me. I’m also a fiction fanatic, and The Awakening has been on my reading list […]
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 […]
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!
Hello, Bookies! We’ve come to the end—did your opinions about anyone/anything change in this final section? I really gained a lot of respect for Dodd, particularly when he returns to the U.S. and continues to speak out against Hitler and the Nazis, trying to warn the world about Germany’s plans for domination. It seems like he was the lone voice […]
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 […]
In the next few chapters, we really see tensions between Germany and the U.S. grow stronger as Hitler’s power intensifies and poor Ambassador Dodd is once again caught in the middle. We also see how life in Germany is spinning out of control: the controversial Reichstag arson trial, increasing discrimination against Jews, and escalating surveillance/spying and paranoia among the German […]