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The History of Love, Pages 1 Through 64

Hi, Bookies: Now that we’ve begun our book together it’s time to start the conversation. Let’s look at how the story unfolds and the journey Nicole Krauss has begun to take us on. The story so far: We meet Leo Gursky, a Polish-Jewish retired locksmith who immigrated to New York City after WWII, during which his family was assassinated by […]

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Answer This Question for the November Issue

Hi, Bookies: Hard at work on the November 2012 issue—which will coincide with the conclusion of the current presidential race—our colleagues over on the print side of RS were inspired to ask this question: What book should be on the president’s nightstand? Give us a line or two below—including the title of the book, its author, and why the book […]

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Hello Again, Bookies!

Hi, Bookies: I’m Claudia Bloom, and I’m so happy to be back here for another summertime read, as I was last year with many of you. Although our winning book, The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss, may not be exactly a “beach read,” I’m still very excited about its selection for August. When I led the book club last […]

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Your August Winner

Hi, Bookies: By a wide margin, our winner is The History of Love, Nicole Krauss’s tender, wry, surprising novel about a novel, also called The History of Love, that ties together two lonely people: an elderly emigrant of Nazi-occupied Poland and a teenage girl who’s nursing her own deeply felt loss. Real Simple Associate Research Editor Claudia Bloom will be […]

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Gone Girl: Boy Gets Girl Back (or Vice Versa) (Major Spoiler Alert!)

Bookies, what an ending. You know it’s a good book when you are still thinking about it days later. What did you think? Did you like the ending? Dislike? Still thinking? I have to admit that I wanted justice for Nick. On the other hand, I admire Flynn for keeping us on our toes until the very last page. If […]

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Have You Voted for August Yet?

Hi, Bookies! Are you enjoying Gone Girl? It’s been a long time since I’ve blown through a book as quickly as I did that one: I devoured it. Emily will cover the last section on Friday, and I can only imagine you’ll all have a lot to say about it. In the meantime, did you vote for your August book […]

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Gone Girl: Boy Meets Girl (Spoiler Alert!)

Hi, Bookies: I think the biggest challenge with this month’s book is not reading it entirely in one day. Most of you are probably knee-deep in Part 3 (or even finished), but I still want to take some time to discuss Part 2, which really dives in to the psyche of Amy. Before we begin, I want to give this […]

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Tina Fey Answers Questions From the No-Obligation Book Club

Hi, Bookies: Between the end of shooting season 6 of 30 Rock and the beginning of shooting its final season, Tina Fey filmed the big-screen comedy Admission, which also stars Paul Rudd and Michael Sheen (a.k.a. Liz Lemon’s destiny-delivered “settling soul mate,” Wesley Snipes). And in between the end of shooting the movie and whatever is next on her agenda […]

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Gone Girl: Boy Loses Girl

Hi there, Bookies: First, are you feeling the same way that I am—that you can’t read fast enough? This book is like a good episode of Lost. It’s been a while since I’ve read such a true page-turner. I am currently on vacation—at the beach with my family for a few days—and my head has been buried in this book. […]

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