Reese Witherspoon Book Club Selections

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Reese Witherspoon has been selecting books to encourage readers for a couple years.  She has wide ranging interests and her books offer a little bit of something for everyone. Generally she focuses on books about or for women. Her book club, Hello Sunshine, is on Facebook and Instagram. Here is the complete list of books she's recommended since the inception of her online book club in 2017.  Books I've read are in bold and reviewed books are bold and blue.

September 2020 - The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim, 384 pages

Identity, family secrets, and the search for belonging are the themes explored as a woman finds her mother has died under suspicious circumstances. The unconventional mother/daughter relationship the realities of being an immigrant in the US.

August 2020 - Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat, 224 pages

Eight short stories about strong Haitian women - their resilience and the power of their culture.

July 2020 - The Guest List by Lucy Foley, 320 pages

An exclusive wedding on a remote island off the coast of Ireland, jealousies and resentments, a dead body.

June 2020 - I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown, 185 pages

An eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in white middle-class America.

May 2020 - The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi, 384 pages

In 1950s India, a young woman escapes an arranged and abusive marriage and flees to Jaipur and supports herself with her creative henna designs for the wealthy. Years later her husband finds her and her hard won independence is threatened.

Apr 2020 - Untamed by Glennon Doyle, 352 pages

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, this book is both a memoir and a wake up call to women to listen to their true selves.

Mar 2020 - The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward, 352 pages

70 yr old mom wins a luxury cruise for her and her estranged grown children. Can they let go of the secrets and hurts of the past to find their back to each other? A book about the pleasures and perils of family.

Feb 2020 - The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister, 320 pages

Coming of age novel about a young girl whose father teaches her about the natural world and fragrances and when she suddenly finds herself out in the world, she learns about love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge.

Jan 2020 - Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, 320 pages

A debut novel about a young black babysitter and her well meaning white employer as the babysitter is accused of kidnapping.

Dec 2019 - Conviction by Denise Mina, 376 pages

A suspenseful thriller, as a housewife's marriage fails, a true-crime podcast sets a her present life on a collision course with her secret past.

Nov 2019 - The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes, 400 pages

Based on a true story, this historical fiction is about 5 women who become the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. Unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and female friendship.

Oct 2019 - Fair Play by Eve Rodksy, 352 pages

Filled with tips on how to fairly divvy up household tasks and rebalance your relationship.

Sept 2019 - The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott, 368 pages

In the Cold War, two CIA secretaries are recruited as spies to smuggle the book Dr Zhivago out of Russia and to the west. Historical fiction with some romance.

Aug 2019 - The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda, 336 pages

In a beach community, a local girl and a summer visitor are long time best friends when one turns up dead. The remaining girl is blamed and works to clear her name.

July 2019 - Whisper Network by Chandler Baker, 352 pages

Four women learn their boss is about to be the next CEO and he's a man who's always been surrounded by .. whispers. The women decide to take action and their lives - as wives, colleagues, women - will change dramatically.

June 2019 - The Cactus by Sarah Haywood, 364 pages

A prickly woman has a job and relationship that suits her but when her mom dies and she discovers unexpectedly that she's pregnant, her world begins to disintegrate. She finds help in the most unlikely place.

May 2019 - From Scratch by Tembi Locke, 339 pages

A stirring memoir of an American black woman who marries an Sicilian man against his family's wishes. After moving to the US and adopting a daughter, he is diagnosed with cancer. After his death she goes to Sicily to connect with his family, traditions, and food to find her way back to life.

April 2019 - Night Tiger (The) by Yangsze Choo, 384 pages

Part Chinese folklore, part magical realism, set in Malaysia, it's a story of a Chinese servant boy looking for the severed finger of his master and a young woman who comes into possession of a severed finger and wants to return it to the owner before bad luck overtakes her. Their lives intertwine in surprising ways.

March 2019 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, 368 pages

Written as an interview, the story covers the rise and fall of a rock band complete with drugs, sex and rock 'n roll.

Feb 2019 - The Proposal (#2) by Jasmine Guillory, 325 pages

A public proposal that doesn't turn out as expected and, as social media explodes, the woman who has to rebuild her life .

Jan 2019 - The Library Book, by Susan Orlean, 336 pages

A history of libraries and librarians as well as a love story to libraries, this is a meticulously researched book about the mystery and disaster of the LA library fire of 1986 in which 400,000 books were burned.

Dec 2018 - One Day in December by Josie Silver, 409 pages

Love at first sight - two people, ten chances, an unforgettable love story.

Nov 2018 - The Other Woman by Sandie Jones, 304 pages

Fast paced psychological thriller about a woman who finds her perfect man until she realizes there's a rival. Mom.

Oct 2018 - This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel, 338 pages

The youngest of five brothers dreams of being a princess and a girl when he grows up. A story about secrets, transformation, fairy tales, and family.

Sept 2018 - Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, 304 pages

Kya survived an impossible childhood to live alone in the marshes of N Carolina. When there's a murder of a young man, she comes under suspicion and struggles to save herself. Both an ode to the natural world and a heart breaking coming of age story.

Aug 2018 - Still Lives by Maria Hummel, 275 pages

Set in LA, the murder of an iconic artist on the night of her huge gallery opening doesn't lack for suspects. As an editor gets drawn into her own investigation, she begins to suspect everyone close to her. 

July 2018 - Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, 361 pages

After the death of her grandmother, a woman travels to Havana to find her roots - she finds love amid perilous political times.

June 2018 - Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman, 361 pages

On their honeymoon in Bora Bora, a couple finds something unexpected in the water - and decide to keep it a secret with devastating long term effects.

May 2018 - You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfield, 256 pages

Ten short stories that upend stereotypes of class, relationships, and gender roles.  

April 2018 - Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham, 320 pages

A memoir of a spectacular love affair, pregnancy, a breakup, a very sick child, difficult decisions and the many unlikely ways to build a family.

March 2018 - Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal, 320 pages

A lively, sexy, thought-provoking East-meets-West story of traditional Sikh women taking an English class where they learn to express their thoughts and desires until their gossip offers insight into a death and sparks a scandal that may hurt them all.

Feb 2018 - The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo, 328 pages

A story reminiscing about passionate once-in-a-lifetime love, choices made, regrets. Though decision take the couple continents apart, are they ever out of each other's hearts?

Jan 2018 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene' Brown, 208 pages

Challenges readers to cultivate true belonging in their communities, organizations, and culture as we experience a national crisis of disconnection.

Dec 2017 - The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine, 208 pages

A psychological thriller filled with twists as a woman tired of being a "nobody" gets a job with the coolest couple in town and worms her way into their family and affections. But a secret from her past may cause her plan to crumble.

Nov 2017 - This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, 308 pages

Memoir of Patchett's life - her marriages, her writing, friends, dogs, books. She shares moments large and small that have shaped her.

Oct 2017 - The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0) by Alice Hoffman, 369 pages

A family of witches in the 1960s try to avoid the family curse of love. The three children visit their witchy aunt and learn more of their history then return to NYC to find their way. The two sisters become the eccentric aunts of Practical Magic and their brother leaves an unexpected legacy.

Sept 2017 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, 338 pages

A woman who believes in following the rules as she raises her family. Then a single mom and daughter move into the neighborhood that challenges those rules. An adoption custody battle divides friends and uncovers hurtful secrets that devastates families.

Aug 2017 - The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, 416 pages

Four women who were friends in high school are bound by a deep secret and they get pulled together years later by a cryptic text.

July 2017 - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, 532 pages

In 1947 a young woman hunts for her cousin in London. In 1915 a young woman is recruited as a spy in the Alice Network. 30 years later a woman spends her days drunk as she tries to forget the betrayal that tore apart the Network. These stories collide on a mission to find the truth.

June 2017 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, 327 pages

Socially inept Eleanor is content alone - until she meets Raymond, the IT guy at the office. She and Raymond save Sammy, an elderly gentleman, and they all become the friends who save each other from isolation.

October 2020 - His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie, 288 pages

A young seamstress in Ghana is married to a wealthy man who doesn't even show up for the wedding. The story is a look at culture, marriage, and a search for independence.

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