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Hello, Bookies:

We’re in the final days of voting for our February 2014 book. Haven’t made your pick yet? You have until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, January 26, to choose from the four books below.


Gourmet Rhapsody, by Muriel Barbery

Sharing both an author and a setting (Number 7, rue de Grenelle) with the beloved The Elegance of the Hedgehog, this slim novel traces the life—and meals—of “the greatest food critic in the world,” now dying.

Embers, by Sandor Marai

Two onetime dear friends, estranged for 41 years, meet again in the deepening shadows of World War II to reminisce about a friendship, a marriage, and a way of life that no longer exists.

Talking With My Mouth Full, by Gail Simmons

This entertaining memoir offers a behind-the-scenes look at a career devoted to food, from the kitchens of famed New York City restaurants to the set of Top Chef.

Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

Though they originally appeared separately in The New Yorker, Salinger’s short story and novella are intertwined, telling the story of Franny, a coed at a Smith-type college who is in spiritual and emotional crisis, and Zooey, the brother who tries to help her through it, the youngest members of Salinger’s brilliant but tragic Glass family.