The members of Real Simple’s No-Obligation Book Club choose their April 2013 read.
What tops your list of things to do on a rainy day? I think my answer is fairly obvious. Happily, any of the four books below would make a fine companion on a soggy day. RealSimple.com Managing Editor Kathleen Harris, a two-time veteran of the NOBC (she led our discussions of Room and The Art of Racing in the Rain), will moderate in April. I feel lucky to get Kathleen while we can: The mother of a 19-month-old son, she is pregnant with her second baby—and her third! See the choices below, and make your pick by 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, March 24. —Maura
What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
Imagine waking up and not remembering the last 10 years of your life. That’s exactly what happens to 39-year-old Alice, who is stunned to find that her marriage is failing, her sister doesn’t speak to her, and three kids are calling her Mom. The book follows her on the journey of uncovering the details of a lost decade.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
Boo, a writer of the first order (a Pulitzer Prize winner, she is on staff at The New Yorker), lived in the slums of Mumbai, India, for three years to capture these stories of heartbreak and survival. Poignant and beautifully written, Behind the Beautiful Forevers was a 2012 National Book Award winner.
The Suitors, by Cécile David-Weill
Likened to a modern-day Downton Abbey, The Suitors also provides a glimpse into the lives of the old-money set, here in the South of France. A witty comedy of manners.
Defending Jacob, by William Landay
In this crackling courtroom thriller, a Massachusetts assistant district attorney is rocked by a brutal murder in his hometown—of which his own 14-year-old son stands accused.