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

By Real Simple
Updated May 07, 2013
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies!

The last time Senior Editor Yolanda Wikiel was our discussion leader, we read Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast (April 2010). For our June 2013 selection, Yolanda—who has a hand not only in Real Simple’s fashion coverage but is also one of the driving forces behind the new, information-packed section “The Realist” you’ll find in the opening pages of each issue—dips back into the classics for one (arguably two) of our choices. See what’s on the bill below, then cast your vote by 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 26.


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.