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already read, what noted authors have revealed
to us in exclusive Q&A’s, and more.
September 2013: The Interestings
The No-Obligation Book Club reads Meg Wolitzer’s new novel.
The Silver Star: August 2013
Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club reads the novel by Jeannette Walls.
July 2013: Love Walked In
Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club reads Marisa de los Santos’s quirky romance.
June 2013: Wild
Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club reads Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir.
May 2013: The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth’s Strout family drama was the pick of Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club.
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The No-Obligation Book Club Reading List
A chronological guide to our monthly selections (plus all the runners-up).
The No-Obligation Book Club Discussions
Since it started in late 2008, Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club has covered dozens of books. Follow some of the discussions our editors and readers have enjoyed.
April 2013: What Alice Forgot
Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club reads Liane Moriarty’s novel.
March 2013: Maine
The No-Obligation Book Club reads J. Courtney Sullivan’s multigenerational tale.
February 2013: The End of Your Life Book Club
Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club reads Will Schwalbe’s touching memoir.
January 2013: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
The members of Real Simple’s online No-Obligation Book Club discuss Maria Semple’s epistolary novel.
December 2012: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
The members of Real Simple’s online No-Obligation Book Club discuss their December 2012 pick: Robin Sloan’s intriguing novel.
The No-Obligation Book Club: Author Q&A’s
Over the years, Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club members have had the opportunity to ask wide-ranging questions of many of the authors whose books they covered.
A Q&A With Meg Wolitzer, Author of The Interestings
The woman behind Real Simple's September 2013 online book club pick answers readers’ questions.
A Q&A With Jeannette Walls About The Silver Star
The noted memoirist answers questions from Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club about her novel.
Marisa de los Santos Talks About Love Walked In
The author takes questions about her novel from Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club.
Cheryl Strayed Gets Wild With You
The author answers questions from the members of the No-Obligation Book Club.
Elizabeth Strout on The Burgess Boys
The Pulitzer Prize winner takes questions from Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club.
Liane Moriarity Talks About What Alice Forgot
The author answers questions from the Real Simple No-Obligation Book Club about her thought-provoking novel.
J. Courtney Sullivan Talks About Maine
The author of the juicy multigenerational tale answers questions from the No-Obligation Book Club.
Author Will Schwalbe Answers Your Questions
The author of The End of Your Life Book Club talks to the members of the No-Obligation Book Club.
Maria Semple Answers Your Questions
The author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette talks to the members of Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club.
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