Have you checked out—and checked off—contenders for our April 2014 read?

By Real Simple
Updated March 26, 2014
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies:

Our April book poll closes this Sunday, March 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. So if you have not voted yet, this is the time: Peruse your choices below (notice the theme; each is a fascinating true-life story), then make your pick. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Happy voting!


Blood Will Out, by Walter Kirn

The subtitle tells all: “The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade.” Journalist Kirn on the friend who proved to be a chillingly unknowable stranger.

The Liars’ Club, by Mary Karr

Karr’s influential 1995 memoir of her colorful childhood in a Texas oil town has been described as both “unsentimental and profoundly moving” and “funny, lively, and un-put-downable.”

Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart

Novelist Shteyngart brilliantly deconstructs the immigrant experience—he arrived in America from Leningrad at the age of 7—in a memoir that is as hilarious as it is bittersweet.

Still Points North, by Leigh Newman

Her parents’ sudden divorce upends the childhood—and emotional life—of Newman, who then must navigate two wildly different worlds: the extreme Alaska of her hunting, fishing pilot father, and the private school and horse country of her mother’s Baltimore.