So can you believe we’re heading into the end of another year? But it sure was a great one, read-wise. I love the mix we had of new fiction, old fiction, real-life adventure, thrillers, and romance. So let’s see how we end 2013: Our picks this month almost fully represent all of the above. Our discussion leader: RealSimple.com Business Development Associate Emily Schroeder. The last time Em was our moderator, in July 2012, she was a new mother and we covered Gone Girl, one of the most popular and passionately discussed reads in our five-year history. Now, she’s pregnant with her second baby, due in February, and we’re about to decide what might be the last book she’ll be able to sneak in for a while! See below for the four possibilities that Emily picked, and vote for your favorite by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 24.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Zusak’s much-loved YA novel about a poor young girl sent to live with a foster family in Nazi Germany has a unique narrator: Death. A beautifully told, extraordinarily moving story, it is the basis of a new film.
Someone, by Alice McDermott
The latest from the National Book Award winner may be slight in size but it’s packed with wisdom, as it accutely observes the life of one ordinary woman.
The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
Moriarty was a big hit with the club earlier this year with What Alice Forgot. Her newest novel is a sprawling tale of secrets and lies between men and women that she manages to tell with both humor and suspense.
The Partner Track, by Helen Wan
The snappy pace and tone of this read belies the fact that it tackles serious subjects: career ambition, sexism, racism in the workplace. A fresh, engaging debut from a writer whose day job is corporate attorney (full disclosure: at Time Inc., parent company of RealSimple.com).