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Your November Voting Reminder

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 […]

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In the Garden of Beasts: Parts 4 and 5

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 […]

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The November Book Poll Is Now Open

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 […]

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In the Garden of Beasts: Parts 1, 2, and 3

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 […]

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What’s Your Favorite Short Story?

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 […]

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Welcome to the October Book Club

Hello, Bookies! I’m Maggie Shi, deputy editor for RealSimple.com, somewhat-obsessive pinner on a few of the Real Simple Pinterest boards, and semi-delinquent blogger over in the food section of Simply Stated. I’m excited to be leading my second book club discussion (in October, my favorite month!) and am eager to jump into Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts. I […]

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Which Book Won the October Poll?

Hi, Bookies: It was a decisive win for In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson’s incredible nonfiction telling of a somewhat obscure but nonetheless fascinating figure in American history: William Dodd, the unassuming history professor who became the U.S. ambassador to Nazi Germany. But the book is almost equally about his daughter, Martha, as reckless and outspoken as her father […]

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The Light Between Oceans: Part 3 (Spoiler Alert!)

Hi, Bookies: Welcome to the third and final discussion of The Light Between Oceans. I pretty much read this last section in a single sitting. I couldn’t wait to find out what would become of poor little Lucy-Grace. On a whole, I thought this was a beautiful, haunting novel—I hope you all would agree! As I read through Part 3, […]

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Don’t Forget: Vote for Your October Book

Hi, Bookies: Your usual friendly reminder that the book poll is closing soon: at 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, September 23. Vote now, if you haven’t already, for one of the four books below. Cheers! An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin The acclaimed actor, comedian, musician, and author sets his smart novel of manners in the art scene of […]

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The Light Between Oceans: Part 2 (Spoiler Alert!)

Hi, everyone: Welcome back! What did you think of Part 2? My stomach churns with every page, but I can’t put this book down. I am absolutely devouring it! After reading the flash-forward section that opens the novel, I doubt anyone was surprised when Tom and Isabel decided to keep the baby. Still, I expected Tom to put up more […]

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