The members of Real Simple’s online book club can now vote for their February 2013 read.
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.