The last time my friend and colleague Krissy Tiglias led our book club, back in September 2011, we had one of the most fervent responses to a book in our club’s history, so I have high expectations for our discussion next month. That time around the book was Laura Hillenbrand’s incredible Unbroken, the true story of a man who defines the word survivor. For February, Krissy again offers two nonfiction books—plus two extremely well-reviewed 2012 novels—to choose from. See them below, then make your pick by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 27.
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.