The poll is open until EOD June 22.

By Real Simple
Updated June 18, 2014
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies:

The clock is running down on our July book poll, which closes this Sunday, June 22, at 11:59 p.m. ET. To recap: Our four choices come from our friend Sara Nelson, the editorial director of Amazon, who picked them with the tastes of our club members (we love historical fiction and nonfiction) and our July leader, Real Simple Beauty Director Didi Gluck (she loves historical fiction), in mind. The result: three works of historical fiction, and one juicy epic (that I shamelessly lobbied for myself). Check out your choices, cast your vote, and we’ll regroup here early next week to announce the winner.


Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan

From the author of the classic historical novel Loving Frank comes this surprisingly irresistible love story about—who knew?—the extremely adorable Robert Louis Stevenson.

A Dual Inheritance, by Joanna Hershon

A big, old-fashioned, juicy novel about an Ivy League–born friendship that transcends class, time, and distance.

Euphoria, by Lily King

Brainy and steamy. Would you think that a book loosely based on the experiences of the anthropologist Margaret Mead could be so much fun?

The Master’s Muse, by Varley O’Connor

Less well known than the others, The Master’s Muse is particularly good at introducing readers to the ballet world, as inhabited by New York City ballet impresario George Balanchine and his last wife, Tanaquil Le Clercq, a onetime dancer felled by polio.