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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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 […]
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 […]
Hi, Bookies! Hope you’re enjoying the book so far. I admit, it started off a little slowly for me, but once the Dodds got settled in Germany things really started to pick up. As the book went on, I was surprised that we got very little about Mrs. Dodd. I wanted to hear more from her unique perspective, and I […]
Hi, bookies! It’s a rainy, gray Friday here in New York. And that means it’s a perfect time to talk about curling up with a good book or in this case a short story. Our friends on the print magazine want to know what your favorite short story is. So leave your recommendation in the comments (along with a little […]