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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.

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May 2014: Blame
The No-Obligation Book Club reads Michelle Huneven’s insightful novel.

It’s a Michelle Huneven Fest!
Lots of news about the author of our May read, “Blame.”

April 2014: The Liars’ Club
Real Simple’s online book club reads Mary Karr’s acclaimed memoir.

10 Questions for Mary Karr About The Liars’ Club
The author does a Q&A with members of the No-Obligation Book Club.

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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 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

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

John Green on The Fault in Our Stars
The author answers questions from the No-Obligation Book Club.

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

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

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.

Recent Books

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

March 2014: The Fault in Our Stars
The No-Obligation Book Club reads John Green’s blockbuster novel.

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.

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

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.

2013 Books and More

The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout

May 2013: The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth Strout’s 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.

Liane Moriarity Talks About What Alice Forgot
The author answers questions from the Real Simple No-Obligation Book Club about her thought-provoking novel.

March 2013: Maine
The No-Obligation Book Club reads J. Courtney Sullivan’s multigenerational tale.

J. Courtney Sullivan Talks About Maine
The author of the juicy multigenerational tale answers questions from the No-Obligation Book Club.

February 2013: The End of Your Life Book Club
Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club reads Will Schwalbe’s touching memoir.

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.

January 2013: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
The members of Real Simple’s online No-Obligation Book Club discuss Maria Semple’s epistolary novel.

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.

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.

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