I’m always happy to introduce new discussion leaders to you, and you to them. So it gives me no end of pleasure to say that our October moderator is new to our ranks and couldn’t be happier to join us. Bookies, say hi to Betsy Goldberg. Betsy is Real Simple’s home director, which means she leads the mighty, mighty team that brings you all those great organizing, decorating, and cleaning stories. Betsy is also the mother of two girls, ages 9 and 5. “I went through a long reading hiatus, for some reason, but recently got back into it when my friend Robyn recommended Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You and I couldn’t put it down,” she says. “I remembered that I loved that feeling of caring so much about the characters and getting lost in a story.” Is it any wonder, then, that Betsy included a Jojo Moyes book for your consideration this month? See what else you have to choose from, then vote, vote, vote, by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, September 22.
The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes
Moyes weaves together two stories, of a French couple torn apart by World War I and of a young widow living in London. What bridges them: a painting with a murky history.
Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert
When 7-year-old Rachel Kalama contracts leprosy, she is deported from her Honolulu home to the quarantined colony of Kalaupapa, on the island of Moloka’i. Opening in 1891, the novel traces Rachel’s life—her loneliness, her joys, her sorrows—in a compellingly original story.
I Couldn’t Love You More, by Jillian Medoff
What happens when an old love resurfaces? For Eliot Gordon, the consequences are potentially devastating to the loving little family she has created with her partner, their young daughter, and his two older daughters. Sharply funny and brutally honest.
The Vacationers, by Emma Straub
Getting in this one while it’s still technically summer: What should be a dream vacation—two weeks in Majorca—goes as crazily off the rails as anyone who has ever experienced an extended-family vacation might expect.