The No-Obligation Book Club picks its November 2013 book.

By Real Simple
Updated October 22, 2013
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies:

If you haven’t voted yet for our November 2013 book, remember that the poll is open until 11:59 p.m. ET this coming Sunday, October 27. Our choices: two new novels by literary award-winners, one creep-fest time-traveler thriller, and a buzzy real-life story. See more on them below, then cast your vote!


Orange Is the New Black, by Piper Kerman

Kerman’s nonfiction account of her fall from Smith College grad to convicted drug smuggler (and the relationships she forged while in prison) is the inspiration for the hit Netflix series of the same name.

Enon, by Paul Harding

Three years after winning a Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel, Tinkers, Harding revisits the same New England family in a beautiful meditation on grief and what it means to make a desperate grasp at survival.

TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann

In the latest from the National Book Award winner (Let the Great World Spin), three transatlantic crossings over the span of 150 years drive what are, essentially, three novellas: one set in the 1840s, one just after World World I, and one toward the end of the twentieth century. Characters both fictional and nonfictional swirl through the ultimately connected tales of Ireland and the New World in a novel that has been called “masterful and profoundly moving.”

The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes

This magnificently creepy story offers a unique twist on the serial-killer thriller: The murderer preys on bright young women—the shining girls—then vanishes with the help of a house that is a portal to the past and the future.