Get ready to pick our next read, Bookies.

By Real Simple
Updated October 21, 2014
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Hi, Bookies!

The crisp fall weather is upon us and you know what that means? It's the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch with a soft blanket and a delightful read. First, let me introduce myself, I’m Andra, an associate editor for Real Simple. Our former book club leader Maura has moved on to greener pastures (sob!) and asked me to take over. I'll do my best to fill her shoes and I'm excited to join in on your literary discussions. Our November moderator will be Tanya Christian, Real Simple's editorial assistant—she will lead the Facebook chat on Monday, November 24, at 8 p.m. ET. She finds all those clever products for the "Little Helpers" section and writes the handy "to-go" card in the back of the magazine. "I chose these books because they were all written by dynamic writers who incorporate culture and history to tell stories with universal themes,” Tanya says. Let us know which book strikes your fancy and vote, vote, vote, by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 27.


Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

In this coming of age story, set on the island of Antigua, Kincaid delves into what happens when a 10-year-old girl lets go of her childhood and begins to question what she always believed to be true, all while finding her own voice.

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

This mysterious novel details a chilling story of a missing girl just days before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. As the characters in the shore village outside of Port-Au-Prince come together to search for her, what’s revealed is the shocking way they are all connected.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

After winning a Pulitzer Prize for the story collection Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri penned her debut novel, this poignant story of the clash between two cultures and two generations, and the universal struggle to find your footing in the world.

Redemption Song by Bertice Berry

When two neighbors walk into a bookstore and reach for the same book—a copy of a slave woman’s journal—what emerges is a tale of true love that spans centuries.