The No-Obligation Book Club votes for its August 2013 read.

By Real Simple
Updated July 24, 2013
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Hi, Bookies:

As I write this, I have to admit, one of our four book choices is just crushing it. Can you guess which? But don’t let that stop you from voting, if you have not yet done so: Every vote counts! See your four choices below, and make your pick by 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, July 28.


The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy

Like a dropped stone that sends ripples across a pond, one act has far-reaching consequences in a beautifully told story, spanning from World War II Europe to modern-day Los Angeles, of bonds that defy distance and time.

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Ill-equipped to deal with the world upon her release from the foster-care system, this powerful debut novel’s 18-year-old main character confronts her past, faces her future, and communicates her thoughts and feelings in the only way she knows how: through flowers.

Forgotten Country, by Catherine Chung

On the night of her sister Hannah’s birth, Janie learns a secret: Her family is seemingly cursed to lose one woman from each generation. So when Hannah, with whom she has had a lifelong complicated relationship, goes missing, Janie is charged by her ill father with finding her sister.

The Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls

A very different story of two sisters from noted memoirist Walls, who draws upon her own eccentric childhood to inform this tale of abandonment and, ultimately, resilience.