After a particularly long winter, it's finally time to take our monthly read outdoors! Okay, so you probably can't head to the beach just yet, but how about finding a cozy spot on your front porch or at a local park? Our May moderator will be Stephanie Sisco, Real Simple's home editor, who knows every trick in the book when it comes to cleaning, organizing, decorating, and beyond. "Each of these options are built upon the idea that newfound knowledge or awareness can change our perspectives. I can’t wait to follow that transformation in our May pick!" says Stephanie. Vote for your top choice by Thursday April 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST. We'll be hosting an ongoing discussion on Twitter about the winning book, where we encourage you all to post your thoughts with #RSbookclub, the official book club hashtag. Stephanie will weigh in with questions and comments throughout the month.
Diamond Head, by Cecily Wong
According to Chinese legend, an invisible string binds each person to their true love, but it also punishes for mistakes, knotting the string and passing its repercussions through future generations. Building off of her own heritage, debut novelist Wong follows an illustrious shipping family through three generations— from rich to poor, life to death, loss to hope—all set against the lush backdrop of China and Hawaii.
Denton Little's Death Date, by Lance Rubin
What if everyone knew the date they would die—and yours happened to be your senior prom? That’s the premise of Rubin’s hilarious debut novel. We journey with the protagonist, Denton, as he experiences a lot of “firsts” that may also be his “last.”
A collection of 10 essays in which the author considers how what we've viewed in cinema has affected how we handle issues in our own lives.
The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens
Working on a college assignment, the main character, Joe, delves into the details of the life of an elderly man named Carl. As Joe digs into Carl’s past—as not only as a Vietnam vet but also a convicted murderer—he learns that the truth may actually be different than advertised.