Planning a weekend getaway this spring? Well, we've already picked out the perfect destination: Paris, France. Pamela Grossman, Real Simple's copy editor and our April book club moderator, says "As the great Ella Fitzgerald sang, 'I never knew the charm of spring/I never met it face-to-face/I never knew my heart could sing… till April in Paris.' And so, this April, let's visit the City of Light through a book with Paris as its theme." Vote for your pick by Wednesday, April 1st at 11:59 p.m. EST. And remember, we'll be hosting an ongoing discussion on Twitter about the winning book, where we encourage you all to post your thoughts with #RSbookclub, the official book club hashtag. Pamela will weigh in with questions and comments throughout the month.
The Suitors, by Cecile David-Weill
Upon discovering that their parents plan to sell the family's summer retreat, two French sisters vow to find a wealthy man who will marry one of them and help purchase the estate, in this frothy comedy of manners.
Lessons in French, by Hilary Reyl
Kate, a budding-artist and recent Yale grad, has an opportunity to return to France, where she briefly lived as a child. She accepts a job with a famous American photographer but will reality live up to the the glamorous life she's hoping for?
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
Beloved humorist Sedaris shares his thoughts on living in France and, as revealed in the title essay, attempting to learn French.
Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik
Writer Adam Gopnik was given the chance, in 1995, to live in Paris with his family and report back for The New Yorker. These essays, written over five years, are his take on life in the fabled city—the beautiful, the difficult, and sometimes the hilarious.