A Guide to the
No-Obligation
Book Club

You’d love to join a book club—if it operated
on your ideal schedule. And now you can: Be
a part of Real Simple’s online No-Obligation
Book Club. See what we’re reading now, what we’ve
already read, what noted authors have revealed
to us in exclusive Q&A’s, and more.

Silo of Book

February 2014: Embers
The club picks the rediscovered classic by Sandor Marai.

January 2014: Beautiful Ruins
Real Simple’s online book club reads Jess Walter’s acclaimed best-seller.

A Q&A With Jess Walter About Beautiful Ruins
The author answers questions from the No-Obligation Book Club.

December 2013: The Partner Track
The No-Obligation Book Club reads Helen Wan’s legal thriller.

Helen Wan Talks About The Partner Track
The author answers book club questions about her debut novel.

Join the 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 Books and the Authors

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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: 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.

More Author Q&A’s

Visitation Street, by Ivy Pochoda

Ivy Pochoda Talks Visitation Street
The author of the acclaimed mystery answers questions from the No-Obligation Book Club.

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.

2013 Books

Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, by Piper Kerman

November 2013: Orange Is the New Black
Real Simple’s online No-Obligation Book Club reads Piper Kerman’s memoir.

October 2013: Visitation Street
Ivy Pochoda’s supernaturally tinged mystery was the October read for Real Simple’s online book club.

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.

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.

More Favorites

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

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.

More on Book Clubs

Books

Start a Book Club Checklist
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9 Great Reads for Family Book Clubs
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