The No-Obligation Book Club picks its December 2013 book.

By Real Simple
Updated November 20, 2013
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies:

Believe it or not, we’re down to our last book of 2013. So what’s it going to be? Any one of our four choices—all novels, chosen by December discussion leader Emily Schroeder,’s business development associate—sounds to me like it would make a great way to end the year. Which made voting particularly challenging this month. If you haven’t yet made your pick, well, check out the choices to see what I mean. Poll closes this Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET, and I’ll be back on Monday with the results. Until then...


The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Zusak’s much-loved YA novel about a poor young girl sent to live with a foster family in Nazi Germany has a unique narrator: Death. A beautifully told, extraordinarily moving story, it is the basis of a new film.

Someone, by Alice McDermott

The latest from the National Book Award winner may be slight in size but it’s packed with wisdom, as it accutely observes the life of one ordinary woman.

The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty

Moriarty was a big hit with the club earlier this year with What Alice Forgot. Her newest novel is a sprawling tale of secrets and lies between men and women that she manages to tell with both humor and suspense.

The Partner Track, by Helen Wan

The snappy pace and tone of this read belies the fact that it tackles serious subjects: career ambition, sexism, racism in the workplace. A fresh, engaging debut from a writer whose day job is corporate attorney (full disclosure: at Time Inc., parent company of