The members of Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club choose their September 2013 read (and celebrate an anniversary).

By Real Simple
Updated August 20, 2013
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies!

So why the photo of noisemakers? Because in September we’re marking our fifth anniversary together as a club. In celebration, Real Simple Managing Editor Kristin van Ogtrop, who kicked off the club back in 2008, will return to lead our discussion of one of the four books below. So have you voted yet? The poll is open only until 11:59 p.m. ET this coming Sunday, August 25.


The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith

The buzz around this top-notch detective novel reached fever-pitch when its unknown author was unmasked as the creator of a series about a certain boy wizard.

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

Long after the summer of 1974 ends, a group of teens who bond at artsy Camp Spirit-in-the-Woods enter and exit one another’s lives in Wolitzer’s beautifully crafted, epic novel of friendship and all its joys and heartaches.

Blue Plate Special, by Kate Christensen

“My love of food was slow to ignite, but when it did, the year I turned eight, it exploded into one of the great passions of my life,” writes Christensen, who—brutally, honestly—examines her life through the prism of the appetites that ruled it.

And Sons, by David Gilbert

A reclusive, Salinger-esque author’s breakdown at his friend’s funeral kicks off this rich, insightful, and even funny take on the deeply complex relationships between fathers and sons.