Should You Read Oprah's New Book Club Pick?

Ruby, the debut novel by 53-year-old Cynthia Bond, was published last April to positive reviews and modest sales.

The book had 20,000 copies in print – until Oprah Winfrey announced that Ruby was her new book club pick and her latest acquisition for Harpo Films. Now Penguin Random House is printing 250,000 copies of the paperback edition.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Her Stories

They say it’s a man’s world, but to the powerful, talented and hilarious women our staff is reading about this week, “they” don’t know what they’re talking about. Even pop star Taylor Swift, who covers this week’s 40th Anniversary issue – and gorgeously channels 1974’s cover girl Mia Farrow – is feeling the world’s growing girl power. In that spirit, our staff is poring over real stories of modern-day female history makers.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Celebrity Nonfiction

When it comes to being a Hollywood insider, no one’s better suited for the role than celebrities themselves. With their firsthand tales of high-profile relationships, business dealings and on- and off-screen shenanigans (like those from this week’s cover interview with the cast of The Big Bang Theory), stars, and those they keep close, know what really goes down in Tinseltown.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Novels on Working Women

The popular nursery rhyme says, “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage,” but where does career fall into that mix? For many modern women, work precedes the other life events.

Consider this week’s cover star Angelina Jolie, a successful actress prior to falling for Brad Pitt, building their family and then tying the knot much later.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of Young Love and Loss

Few topics are more intriguing than matters of the heart. Take this week’s cover story for instance: a pregnant young wife of a Marine goes missing amid rumors of a military love triangle. When youth, passion and pain collide, it’s hard to look away. This week, our staff’s fiction choices are about just that – be it doomed romance or lost loved ones, these young protagonists are on an emotional roller coaster.

The Silkworm, J.K. Rowling's Second Book Under a Pseudonym Weaves an Engaging Web

Robert Galbraith – unmasked to the world as a pseudonym for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year’s stealth hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Inspiring Nonfiction

Transformation can make for a very interesting read. Our staffers have found three very different books about taking matters into your own hands to change your life.

Let us know what you think of their choices – and tell us what you’re reading.

Marissa Perri, Digital Sales Planner
Her Pick: The Buddha Walks Into a Bar by Lodro Rinzler

What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of Unusual Lives

Most of us will never live in a harem, manage a pop group or spend time in an Italian prison but pick up these memoirs and you may feel as if you have. Share your thoughts on our staffers’ latest choices – and let us know what you’re reading.

Erica Tabacoff, Digital Account Manager
Her Pick: An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler

What We're Reading This Weekend: Funny Memoirs

As Nora Ephron put it: “The tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next.” Our staffers have found three memoirs that use humor to redeem the painful moments and sweeten the happy ones. Let us know what you think – and what you’re reading.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Personal Holiday Favorites

It’s a time for joy but also contemplation, as our staffers’ holiday picks (no, not A Charlie Brown Christmas) reflect. Tell us what you think – and let us know what you’re reading.

Amber Sexton, Photo Editor
Her Pick: In the Suicide Mountains by John Gardner