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already read, what noted authors have revealed
to us in exclusive Q&A’s, and more.
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.
New Uses for Books
Hidden uses for the items headed for the shelves.
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Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club
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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.
The No-Obligation Book Club Reading List
A chronological guide to our monthly selections (plus all the runners-up).
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.
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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The 3 Books Anderson Cooper Wants to Read This Fall
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What to Read: Book Reviews From Real Simple Readers
Thousands of you answered our call for reader reviewers. Several dozens were selected. See what your fellow book lovers have to say about current releases.
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8 Soon-to-Be-Classic Children's Books
These great works of kid lit are destined to be read out loud, or under the covers with a flashlight, for years to come. (And your children will love them, too.)
Illustrious Illustrated Characters From Children’s Books
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Amherst, Massachusetts, compiled this list of the top-10 iconic children’s-book illustrations.
Kids’ Favorite Bedtime Books
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Start a Book Club Checklist
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