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Celebrity Book Clubs - November Selections

Every month I'll be sharing a heads up with book club selections from some of the celebrity book clubs - let me know if you're aware of one for me to include. The full list of all selections for these celebrities is in the Reading List tab at the top of the page.

Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

From Cheryl Strayed:

"I’ve long believed literature’s greatest superpower is how it makes us feel less alone. Across generations, cultures, classes, races, genders, and every other divide, stories and sentences can make us think, Oh yes, me too. That is precisely how it feels to love and lose and triumph and try again. The only thing I ever hope to do as a writer is to make people feel less alone, to make them feel more human, to make them feel what I have felt so many times as a reader: stories have the power to save us by illuminating the most profoundly beautiful and terrible things about our existence.

That I’ve had the opportunity to do so very directly in my work as Dear Sugar was a lucky surprise." - This book is an updated collection of essays and advice columns written by Strayed.

Oprah's Book Club

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Oprah's comments:

"This is the second time I've chosen one of Barbara Kingsolver's novels for my book club—22 years ago we named The Poisonwood Bible as a selection. Her latest book grabbed me from its opening lines. I so admire the way Barbara has taken the plight of a young boy and invited us on his journey through loss, the foster system, addiction and so much more. The novel speaks to so many of our country's relevant issues, but most importantly, it's absolutely riveting."

This epic tale by one of our most revered authors follows the title character and the overwhelming obstacles he navigates in a community upended by the opioid crisis.

This book was already on my TBR.

Good Morning America Book Club

Someday Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli

From GMA website:

"The story dives into one of the most harrowing human fears: losing the person you love most to suicide. Nwabineli explores grief, loss and healing from the perspective of a young woman named Eve, who is part of a tight-knit Nigerian family when tragedy strikes. When Eve loses her husband to suicide, her idea of the world -- her happiness, her loving family and her doting husband -- shatters."

This is a debut novel from Nigerian author Nwabineli.

Read With Jenna Bush Book Club

The Cloisters by Katy Hays

From the Today website:

"Jenna Bush Hager said her November Read With Jenna book pick satisfied her “mystery obsessed” mind. “I have recommended it to everybody that I possibly can because I feel like it's the perfect mystery,” she said.

The pick? “The Cloisters,” an evocative debut novel by Katy Hays. As the title suggests, the novel is set in the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted entirely to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. Located in northern Manhattan, the Cloisters was designed to look like a French abbey."

I immediately added this to my TBR and when I heard it talked about on one of my favorite podcasts (Strong Sense of Place) this morning, it only reinforced my interest.

Emma Roberts Book Club - Belletrist

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

From Belletrist Instagram:

"Cannot wait for you to pick up a copy of the reissue. Octavia E. Butler's final novel is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted--and still wants--to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself."

***NOTE: In reading some of the comments, apparently the 53 year old vampire is in the body of an 11 year old and men are portrayed wanting sex with her and that's pedophilia. That may help you determine your interest.

I couldn't find a new selection for Sarah Jessica Parker or Steph Curry. Some celebrities don't choose something every month and some have their selections on join-and-pay sites like Literati. So until they show up somewhere on the internet for free, I won't be able to share them.

The Cloisters and Demon Copperhead were already on my radar thanks to my blogger buddies who share upcoming new releases. Now I just have to get on the library wait list.

Do you follow any particular celebrity and their reading suggestions? Are you more or less likely to add a book to your TBR if a celebrity recommends it? Is there a celebrity book club I'm missing in this list?

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