These celebrity book club picks are the perfect compelling reads!
Stay with Me / by Ayobami AdebayoSecure in the love of her husband in spite of pressure for him to have a polygamous marriage, Yejide is overwhelmed by shock and pain when her inability to become pregnant compels her husband to take a second wife, sending her on a desperate quest to conceive a child. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
Leave the World Behind / by Rumaan Alam
Sheltering in a New York beach house with a couple that has taken refuge during a massive blackout, a family struggles for information about the power failure while wondering if the cut-off property is actually safe. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
The Whisper Network / by Chandler Baker
Follows four women who speak out when their ill-reputed boss is slated to become CEO, a decision that triggers catastrophic shifts throughout every department of their company. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Immortalists / by Chloe Benjamin
Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City’s 1969 Lower East Side hide what they learn from each other before embarking on five decades of respective experiences shaped by their determination to control fate. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
The Vanishing Half / by Britt BennettSeparated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
Dead Girls / by Alice BolinA collection of sharp, poignant essays that expertly blends the personal and political in an exploration of American culture through the lens of our obsession with dead women. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
Braving the Wilderness / by Brene BrownThe influential TED speaker and best-selling author of The Gifts of Imperfection draws on new research to challenge conventional beliefs about fitting in to counsel readers on the skills required to achieve actual belonging while being true to oneself. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
I’m Still Here / by Austin Channing Brown
From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Marlena / by Julie Buntin
Struggling to adapt to a new home in rural Michigan, fifteen-year-old Cat bonds with a pill-popping, manic young neighbor with whom she renders their desolate community into a kind of playground until suffering a tragedy that she confronts decades later. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
The Night Tiger / by Yangsze ChooA vivacious dance-hall girl in 1930s colonial Malaysia is drawn into unexpected danger by the discovery of a severed finger that is being sought by a young houseboy in order to protect his late master’s soul. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Next Year in Havana / by Chanel Cleeton
A freelance writer returns to her grandmother’s homeland to fulfill her last wish to have her ashes scattered in Havana and discovers her family history amidst Cuba’s tropical beauty and dangerous political environment. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Water Dancer / by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Virginia slave narrowly escapes a drowning death through the intervention of a mysterious force that compels his escape and personal underground war against slavery. An Oprah’s book club pick.
The Last Romantics / by Tara Conklin
When she is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, renowned poet Fiona Skinner recounts the summer her family spent in a middle-class Connecticut town. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
The Last Mrs. Parrish / by Liv Constantine
A coolly manipulative woman worms her way into the lives of a wealthy golden couple from Connecticut as part of her plot to achieve a privileged life, unveiling dark secrets along the way. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
American Dirt / by Jeanine CumminsSelling two favorite books to an unexpectedly erudite drug-cartel boss, a bookstore manager is forced to flee Mexico in the wake of her journalist husband’s tell-all profile and finds her family among thousands of migrants seeking hope in America. An Oprah’s book club pick.
Everything Inside / by Edwidge Danticat
A collection of short stories set in such locales as Miami, Port-au-Prince, and the Caribbean explores the forces that unite and divide. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Girl with the Louding Voice / by Abi DareAdunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl who longs for an education, must find a way for her voice to be heard loud and clear in a world where she and other girls like her are taught to believe, through words and deeds, that they are nothing. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
Patsy / by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Receiving her long-coveted visa to America, Patsy leaves behind her family in Jamaica only to discover that life as an undocumented immigrant is not what her best friend had described. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
South and West / by Joan Didion
Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks offer insights into the author’s literary mind and process and includes notes on her Sacramento upbringing, her life in the Gulf states, her views on prominent locals and her experiences during a formative “Rolling Stone” assignment. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
Untamed / by Glennon Doyle
An activist, speaker and philanthropist offers a memoir wrapped in a wake-up call that reveals how women can reclaim their true, untamed selves by breaking free of the restrictive expectations and cultural conditioning that leaves them feeling dissatisfied and lost. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
This Is How It Always Is / by Laurie FrankeA family reshapes their ideas about family, love and loyalty when youngest son Claude reveals increasingly determined preferences for girls’ clothing and accessories and refuses to stay silent. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Guest List / by Lucy Foley
An expertly planned celebrity wedding between a rising television star and an ambitious magazine publisher is thrown into turmoil by petty jealousies, a college drinking game, the bride’s ruined dress, and an untimely murder. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Laura & Emma / by Kate Greathead
Conceiving a child during a weekend fling, a 30-something product of progressive Manhattan old money raises her daughter in the same blue-blood world of her own upbringing before her daughter begins to question their environment in ways she never could herself. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
The Proposal / by Jasmine Guillory
After a handsome doctor helps Nikole escape a ridiculous, public proposal, she starts having a series of hookups with him, but when things begin to get out of hand, one of them has to put the brakes on things. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Transcendent Kingdom / by Yaa GyasiA novel about faith, science, religion, and family that tells the deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief, narrated by a sixth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford school of medicine studying the neural circuits of reward seeking behavior in mice. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
Happiness / by Heather HarphamA California girl with wanderlust whose opposites-attract relationship with a homebody writer was significantly compromised by an unplanned pregnancy describes how their baby’s serious health disorder prompted the couple to reevaluate their views of family and what they were willing to risk for their child’s health. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Rules of Magic / by Alice Hoffman
A prequel to the best-selling Practical Magic traces the story of the children of Susanna Owens, who, in spite of their mother’s fierce edicts against witchcraft, develop powerful abilities while struggling to escape the family curse that leads to tragedy if they fall in love. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Evvie Drake Stars Over/ by Linda HolmesYoung widow Evvie Drake and major league pitcher Dean Tenney, who has lost his game and needs a chance to reset his life, form an unlikely relationship when Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine / by Gail Honeyman
A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Still Lives / by Maria HummelA young editor at a Los Angeles art museum is pulled into the disturbing and dangerous world of a famous artist who goes missing on the opening night of her exhibition. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The End We Start From / by Megan HunterIn an alternate-world modern London submerged below flood waters, a woman who has just given birth to her first child is forced to flee her home with her baby to seek refuge in a variety of locations while the baby thrives against all odds. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
The Other Woman / by Sandie JonesA blissful romance between Adam and Emily is challenged by Adam’s manipulative mother, who resorts to dire measures to keep all other women out of her son’s life. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
An American Marriage / by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) and Oprah’s book club pick.
Writers and Lovers / by Lily King
The story of a former child golf prodigy-turned-unemployed writer whose determination to live a creative life is complicated by her relationships with two very different men. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family / by Robert Kolker
The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with 12 children, 6 of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. An Oprah’s book club pick.
The Incendiaries / by R.O. KwanA young Korean-American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea and then disappears, leading a fellow student into an obsessive search for her. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
Searching for Sylvie Lee / by Jean KwokA poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women — two sisters and their mother — in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) and Read with Jenna book club pick.
The Answers / by Catherine Lacy
A formerly paralyzed woman applies for a job on Craigslist to be the “Emotional Girlfriend” of an eccentric and narcissistic actor desperate to find the perfect relationship. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
Godspeed / by Casey LeglerA coming-of-age memoir by a former Olympic swimmer describes the crippling loneliness that marked her athletic childhood and her struggles with addiction and self-destructiveness prior to her diagnosis with autism. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
Luster / by Raven LeilaniA young black artist falls into an affair with a man in an open marriage before gradually befriending his wife and adopted daughter against a backdrop of dynamic racial politics. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
The Rules Do Not Apply / by Ariel LevyA “New Yorker” staff writer shares a hopeful memoir of her own experiences with devastating loss to council fellow survivors about the healing aspects of accepting difficult life challenges that are beyond one’s control. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
From Scratch / by Tembi Locke
An African-American actress recounts her romance with a Sicilian chef whose traditional family disapproved of their marriage and how she sought solace in their close-knit community after his death. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Her Body and Other Stories / by Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. She bends genres to shape startling stories that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
A Burning / by Megha Majumdar
An opportunistic gym teacher and a starry-eyed misfit find the realization of their ambitions tied to the downfall of an innocent Muslim girl who has been wrongly implicated in a terrorist attack. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
Touch / by Courtney Maum
A trend forecaster hired by a leading tech company suddenly finds herself in the position of wanting to overturn her own predictions when she senses the beginning of a movement against electronics in favor of compassion, empathy, and “in-personism.” An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
Behold the Dreamers / by Imbolo MbueIn the fall of 2007, Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Their situation only improves when Jende’s wife Neni is hired as household help. But in the course of their work, Jende and Neni begin to witness infidelities, skirmishes, and family secrets. Then, with the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, a tragedy changes all four lives forever, and the Jongas must decide whether to continue fighting to stay in a recession-ravaged America or give up and return home to Cameroon. An Oprah’s book club pick.
Deacon King Kong / by James McBrideIn the aftermath of a 1969 Brooklyn church deacon’s public shooting of a local drug dealer, the community’s African-American and Latinx witnesses find unexpected support from each other when they are targeted by violent mobsters. An Oprah’s book club pick.
His Only Wife / by Peace Adzo Medie
An intelligent and funny debut about a relatable, indomitable heroine: a young seamstress in Ghana who agrees to an arranged marriage, only to realize that some compromises are too extreme to accept, illuminating what it means to be a woman in a rapidly changing world. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Conviction / by Denise Mina
An upper-class Edinburgh housewife who enjoys listening to the sordid details of true-crime podcasts has her world turned upside down when a new podcast turns out to have connections to her own dark past. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Last House Guest / by Megan Miranda
When her longtime best friend is found murdered, Avery Greer combs through her idyllic Maine tourist community to uncover local secrets and clear her name of suspicion. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Giver of Stars / by Jojo Moyes
Volunteering for Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library in small-town Kentucky, an English bride joins a group of independent women whose commitment to their job transforms the community and their relationships. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Dear Edward / by Ann Napolitano
A 12-year-old lone survivor of a plane crash investigates the stories of his less-fortunate fellow passengers before making a profound discovery about his life purpose in the face of transcendent losses. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
Little Fires Everywhere / by Celeste Ng
Fighting an ugly custody battle with an artistic tenant who has little regard for the strict rules of their progressive Cleveland suburb, a straitlaced family woman who is seeking to adopt a baby becomes obsessed with exposing the tenant’s past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both of their families. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Becoming / by Michelle Obama
An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House. An Oprah’s book club pick.
Welcome to Lagos / by Chibundu Onuzo
Resolving to abandon his post when he is ordered to kill innocent civilians, Nigerian army officer Chike Ameobi becomes the leader of a band of runaway rebels, each of whom imparts the difficult and remarkable experiences that drove them to seek better lives. An Emma Roberts (Belletrist) book club pick.
The Library Book / by Susan OrleanReopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire, while exploring the crucial role that libraries play in modern American culture. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Where the Crawdads Sing / by Delia OwensViewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a murder, Kya Clark, who has survived alone for years in a marsh near the North Carolina coast, becomes targeted by unthinkable forces. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Dutch House / by Ann Patchett
A tale set over the course of five decades traces a young man’s rise from poverty to wealth and back again as his prospects center around his family’s lavish Philadelphia estate. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage / by Ann Patchett
Inviting readers into her personal life, the New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto shares the stories of the people, places, ideals and art to which she has remained indelibly committed. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Secrets We Kept / by Lara Prescott
A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Alice Network / by Kate Quinn
When pregnant American student Charlie St. Clair is banished to Europe by her family to have her baby, she takes the opportunity to head for London to find her missing French cousin and teams up with Eve, a former spy from the Alice Network, to solve the mystery. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Such a Fun Age / by Kiley ReidSeeking justice for a young black babysitter who was wrongly accused of kidnapping by a racist security guard, a successful blogger finds her efforts complicated by a video that reveals unexpected connections. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Daisy Jones & the Six / by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Two rising 70s rock-and-roll artists are catapulted into stardom when a producer puts them together, a decision that is complicated by a pregnancy and the seductions of fame. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Fair Play / by Eve Rodsky
A first book by the founder of the Philanthropy Advisory Group and expert consultant for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine project outlines revolutionary, real-world solutions to the equal distribution of unpaid and unrecognized domestic labor typically performed by women. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
A Woman is No Man / by Etaf Rum
Three generations of Palestinian-American women in contemporary Brooklyn are torn by individual desire, educational ambitions, a devastating tragedy, and the strict mores of traditional Arab culture. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
The Light We Lost / by Jill Santopolo
Lucy and Gabe, two Columbia University students who meet as seniors, decide they want their lives to mean something, launching a thirteen-year journey of dreams, betrayals, and love that brings Lucy to a point where she must make a life-altering choice. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
One Day in December / by Josie SilverLaurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
You Think It, I’ll Say It / by Curtis SittenfeldPresents a collection of ten short stories that feature both new and previously published pieces, including “The World Has Many Butterflies,” in which married acquaintances play an intimate game, with devastating consequences. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
Something in the Water / by Catherine SteadmanA successful banker and a rising filmmaker embark on a blissful paradise honeymoon in Bora Bora, where the discovery of a mysterious bag of riches triggers a sequence of events that indelibly marks their marriage and lives. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
All Adults Here / by Emma Straub
A matriarch confronts the legacy of her parenting mistakes while her adult children navigate respective challenges in high standards and immaturity, before a teen granddaughter makes a courageous decision to tell the truth. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
The Dearly Beloved / by Cara Wall
Set in the years 1950-1970 in a changing America and London, follow[s] two married couples – ministers and academics – whose intricate bonds of faith and friendship, jealousy and understanding, are tested by the birth of an autistic child. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
The Jetsetters / by Amanda Eyre Ward
Winning the grand prize in an essay contest, a single mother reunites her estranged adult children on a 10-day cruise while confronting long-buried secrets from their dysfunctional shared past. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Lying Game / by Ruth WareIn the wake of a woman’s discovery of human remains, the members of a once-inseparable clique from a boarding school reflect on their participation in a dangerous game of deception that contributed to the death of a teacher. A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick.
The Underground Railroad / by Colson WhiteheadAfter Cora, a slave in pre-Civil War Georgia, escapes with another slave, Caesar, they seek the help of the Underground Railroad as they flee from state to state and try to evade a slave catcher, Ridgeway, who is determined to return them to the South. An Oprah’s book club pick.
Caste / by Isabel WilkersonThe Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns identifies the qualifying characteristics of historical caste systems to reveal how a rigid hierarchy of human rankings, enforced by religious views, heritage and stigma, impact everyday American lives. An Oprah’s book club pick.
Nothing to See Here / by Kevin WilsonAgreeing to help her former college roommate care for two stepchildren who possess the ability to spontaneously combust when agitated, Lillian endeavors to keep her young charges cool in the face of an astonishing revelation. A Read with Jenna book club pick.
The Unwinding of the Miracle / by Julie Yip-Williams
An unconventional memoir by a young mother with Stage IV metastatic cancer describes her experiences as a blind Vietnamese political refugee-turned-Harvard-educated lawyer before terminal illness inspired her blog to share the real-world guidance she wished she had. A Read with Jenna book club pick.