The members of Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club choose their June 2013 read.

By Real Simple
Updated May 22, 2013
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Paper construction of butterflies by Matthew Sporzynski
Credit: Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies!

As a start to your long holiday weekend, cast a vote for the book you want the club to read in June, should you still be mulling over the choices. The poll closes at 11:59 pm ET this Sunday, May 26. Because of the holiday on Monday, I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, and then Yolanda Wikiel, our June discussion leader, will set our reading schedule later next week. As always, the four choices and the ballot are below. Until next week, then: Enjoy your weekend!


Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

A near-winner for us a few months back, Strayed’s true-life account of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in the wake of some devastating life changes has proved to be Wild-ly popular.

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

The film version of Martel’s beloved prize-winning novel about the boy and the tiger who are stranded at sea together took home Oscars earlier this year.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, by Karen Russell

From the author of Swamplandia! comes this new collection of weird and wonderful short stories, including—yes—one about a pair of bloodsuckers stuck in a citrus grove.

Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck’s poignant classic brings to life the Depression-era struggles of the inhabitants of Monterey, California’s Cannery Row.