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The Light Between Oceans: Part 1

Hi there, Bookies! I hope you’re enjoying the first section of The Light Between Oceans. Author M.L. Stedman had me hooked after just the first few pages of the novel. An isolated beach, a mysterious corpse, a (presumably?) orphaned infant—the flash-forward section was compelling and captured my interest immediately. What did you think of the flash-forward? Did this structure work […]

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Fall Reading Lists: Mine, Yours, and Anderson Cooper’s

Hi, Bookies: We recently asked Anderson Cooper what books he’s really looking forward to reading this fall, and his three picks ranged widely in a way that, I guess, is not surprising for someone who hosts both a nighttime news-oriented show and a daytime talk show (its second season premieres on September 10). It made me think about what books […]

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Hello Again, Bookies!

Welcome, Bookies! Erin here, associate producer for RealSimple.com. In addition to producing all of our online food content, I also make daily updates to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. I am thrilled to be back leading the book club for the second time. Nonfiction lovers may remember me from April of last year, when we read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. […]

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Your September Winner!

Hi, Bookies: It was pretty much no contest. M.L. Stedman’s highly regarded debut, The Light Between Oceans, zoomed out in front early on and never let up. September discussion leader Erin Henry, RealSimple.com’s associate producer, will check in before the long weekend to set up our reading schedule. See you later in the week!

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The History of Love, Pages 192 Through the End (Spoiler Alert!)

Hi, Bookies: In our final section of the book, Krauss takes us back to the Singers: Uncle Julian heading home, Charlotte becoming “more withdrawn, or…obscure, as in faint, unclear, distant.” And Alma’s memories of her dad becoming “more faint, unclear, distant.” Nice parallel writing. Alma digs into trying to figure out who Isaac Moritz is and discovers his books, one beginning […]

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Remember: Vote for September’s Book!

Hi, Bookies: A quick hello to remind you that we’re coming up on the deadline for September votes. Our group leader next month, RealSimple.com Associate Producer Erin Henry, has picked four novels—all recent debuts—for us to choose from. You’ll see them below, and if you haven’t yet voted, you have until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, August 26, to check your […]

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The History of Love, Pages 135 Through 191

Welcome back, Bookies: Hope your reading’s going well—I even see that some of you have finished the book ahead of schedule, the sign of a good book! In this section, Alma pursues her quest to find out if there was a real Alma Mereminski. She explores the N.Y.C. birth and death records’ offices, but to no avail: “Loneliness turned into […]

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The History of Love, Pages 65 Through 134

Hi, Bookies: On our journey to page 134, we meet Zvi Litvinoff, the Polish writer of The History of Love within The History of Love. We learn about his marriage to Rosa; how he immigrated to Chile; how he wrote the book in Yiddish and Rosa helped translate it into Spanish; how the original manuscript was lost in a flood; […]

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Make Your Daily Commute Less Painful

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the average daily commute for Americans is a whopping 25 minutes, 6 seconds. (If you live in New York or Maryland, your commute is even worse clocking in at 31.4 minutes and 31.3 minutes, respectively.) To make your daily trek a bit easier to deal with avoid leaving your house between 7 a.m. and […]

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Vote for September’s Book

Hello, Bookies: I can’t believe we’re thinking September, and Labor Day, and end of summer already, but here we are. One thing we have to look forward to: spending a long holiday weekend with one of the four books below, chosen by our September group leader, Erin Henry. You may remember Erin, RealSimple.com’s associate producer, who was our discussion leader […]

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