March, at least here in New York City, is always sort of neither here nor there. Not quite winter, though the calendar says otherwise until nearly the month’s end. And not quite spring: The weather can still be raw. But on the best days, you can sense the coming change in season, as the breeze blows softer and you catch the slightest scent of spring on it. To get us through the last stretch before it officially arrives, we’ll have a good read you select from the choices provided by March discussion leader Shannon King. Shannon is a dedicated reader, though how she manages it with small children and a big job is a mystery to me: A first-time club leader, Shannon is RealSimple.com’s general manager. Check out her four picks below, then vote for your favorite by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 24.
The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet—A Memoir, by Dara-Lynn Weiss
A follow-up to the controversial 2012 Vogue article in which Weiss discussed why she decided to put her 7-year-old daughter on a diet, the book promises to be thought- and discussion-provoking.
Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
In Kingsolver’s latest, powerful novel, Dellarobia Turnbow, an unhappy young Tennessee farm wife, stumbles upon what seems to be a miracle: a valley alive with beautiful monarch butterflies. But outsiders ascribe darker reasons to the butterflies’ presence, reasons that spark tensions and challenge beliefs.
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
Like his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Hosseini’s wildly popular best-seller is set in Afghanistan. Here, two women, thrown together through cruel circumstances, forge a bond that is stronger than the forces—both political and personal—that conspire against them. A riveting, bittersweet story.
Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
A runner-up in our October 2012 poll, Maine could be the antidote to late-winter blahs: Love and family are at its heart, as three generations of Kelleher women unpack their secrets, hopes, and longings when they arrive at their summer cottage in Maine.