Vote for the No-Obligation Book Club’s next read.

By Real Simple
Updated April 23, 2014
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies!

A quick reminder: The poll for our May book closes this Sunday, April 27, at 11:59 p.m. ET, so if you haven’t voted yet, get to it. See your options below, as guest-curated (and written) for us by our friend Sara Nelson, the editorial director of; I’ll announce the winner on Monday, and associate editor Brigitt Hauck will say hi and talk a little bit about the book next Friday. And on another programming note, this Friday Danielle Claro will conclude our discussion of The Liars’ Club. Until Monday...


Blame, by Michelle Huneven

Published in the last decade, this is one of the best novels I’ve ever read about making moral choices. Plot centers on a young woman who drinks too much, gets into a car accident that kills someone, and spends the rest of her life atoning for the drinking and the crime. Then she makes a disturbing discovery. . . .

The Wives of Los Alamos, by TaraShea Nesbit

Very short novel that nonetheless sheds a lot of light on the women who accompanied their husbands to the desert to work on an unmentionable project (i.e., the making of the atomic bomb). You learn something without feeling like you’ve been assigned homework.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

A Coney Island museum of “living wonders,” like young Coralie, the weg-fingered girl who performs in a tank as a mermaid, is the setting for this unlikely love story informed by the tragedies and tawdriness of 1911 New York City.

Casebook, by Mona Simpson

Brand-new novel by the author of Anywhere But Here about a teenage boy who sets out to spy on his divorced mother and her new boyfriend—and discovers more about grown-up lives than he really wanted to know.