So what are you doing on our brief hiatus? Are you reading? If so, spill the title, if you would: I’m going to need suggestions for my vacation. I seized the opportunity to do a one-off book club with my three nieces (28, 16, and 15): We’re reading The Book Thief, which is so good, if you haven’t gotten to it yet. And if you have: What did you think? (No spoilers, though: We’re not done yet!)
Meanwhile, I’m gearing up for the debut of our new Facebook discussion. I’ve seen your comments about timing and I will do my best to accommodate folks, but with so many far-flung readers that may be difficult. But I will try, I promise. As for when, exactly, our discussion will happen, that will partially be determined by the book we pick and how long it is. So let’s get right to that: Here are your four choices for September. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, August 25.
Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
A powerful story of unlikely love—romantic love, love of self, love of life—between a quadriplegic former adventurer and the inexperienced, small-town twentysomething who is hired to be his caregiver.
The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
Kidd, the author of The Secret Life of Bees, returns with her version of an incredible true story, of two defiant abolitionist and suffragist daughters of a rich Charleston plantation owner, and the young slave girl who is an eleventh-birthday gift for one.
Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
Club favorite Moriarty (What Alice Forgot) sets her just-released sixth adult novel, again, in the upper-middle-class Australian suburbs. But things are hardly as perfect as they seem, starting with: One of the characters will wind up dead. This book is a rare beast: a smart, witty murder mystery.
A Dual Inheritance, by Joanna Hershon
This big, old-fashioned, juicy novel about an Ivy League–born friendship that transcends class, time, and distance was the first runner-up in our July book poll.