Real Simple asked renowned authors from every genre in the bookstore to name the title that moved them most. Here are the works they passionately recommended—from classic to obscure, wisecracking to wistful—and the discoveries that they found inside.
In a survey conducted by Real Simple and the Families and Work Institute, a leading nonprofit research organization, we asked 3,230 American women ages 25 to
54 about the who, what, when, and why concerning their free time.* Here are the eye-opening findings.
* This survey, of a nationally representative sample of American women, was conducted online by Harris Interactive from October 24, 2011, to November 1, 2011.