The members of Real Simple's online book club pick their February 2013 book.
Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club is currently in the lead, but will it hold? John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, our December runner-up, has been steadily gaining, and Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins is hot on the heels of that book. So anything can win. Don’t forget: You have until 11:59 p.m. ET this coming Sunday, January 27, to choose from those books or Cheryl Strayed’s wonderfully reviewed Wild; just click your pick below. And another don’t forget: Until EOD on Friday, January 25, you can leave a question for Maria Semple, the author of our read this month, Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
A love story that spans 50 years begins with the arrival, in 1962, on the Italian coast of a beautiful American starlet who is dying—or maybe she isn’t. The cast of characters in this sprawling, time-jumping, continent-spanning novel includes Pasquale, the young inkeeper who falls for the actress, and Richard Burton.
The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe
A mother and son bond under the most trying of circumstances by reading and discussing literature in a very personal book club of two. A graceful, moving true story recommended to the No-Obligation Book Club by Anderson Cooper.
Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
In the wake of devastating personal losses, the author made an impulsive decision that turned out to be life-altering: She would walk the Pacific Crest Trail. Alone.
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The runner-up in our December 2012 poll, Green’s hilarious and heartbreaking novel about two teens who meet at a cancer support group is luminous, and one of the best-reviewed books of last year.