Welcome back to Real Simple’s No Obligation Book Club. Get ready for some girl power inspiration this month. September’s book club contenders celebrate strong female characters who are experiencing profound life changes while (mostly) maintaining their sanity.
Check out the options below and pick your favorite by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug 31. Come back on Sept. 1 to find out which book took the top spot. After that, 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.
A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan
Alice Pearse faces a new chapter when her husband has a sudden career change and she’s thrust into the full-time working mom zone. She welcomes the opportunity to snag a job at a book start-up, but when things get tough (unhappy husband, sick dad, rowdy kids) Pearse starts to wonder if it’s possible to have it all… and if it’s worth it.
Days of Awe, Lauren Fox
Isablel Moore long defined herself as a wife, mother, daughter, and best friend, but that soon changes after a series of unfortunate events. Buckle in for a rollercoaster of emotion as she faces the crossroads of motherhood, marriage, and grief.
Inside the O’Briens, Lisa Genova
Katie O’Brien has many questions to consider after her father is diagnosed with a lethal neurodegenerative disease (and there’s a 50 percent likelihood it will be passed on to her). Does she want to know if she has it? How will she help her family through it? This read defines the true meaning of “support system.”
In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume
1952 wasn’t the best year for Miri Ammerman and now, 35 years later, she’s traveling back to her New Jersey hometown to relive the time of profound change when airplanes fell from the sky, young love was in the air, and the country was ripe with social change.