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Here Is Every Celebrity Book Club’s July Picks!

If you’re having a bit of trouble picking your next read, it may be worth it to see what some of our favorite celebrities are reading right now. The differences in picks really highlight each of the stars’ personalities. Have a little peek. This month’s picks include great finds, such as Jake Tapper’s The Hell Fire Club, Anthony Ray Hinton’s The Sun Does Shine, and Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana.

 

Mindy Kaling

 

While Mindy doesn’t have an official book club of her own, she likes to keep her Instagram updated with her current reads.

 

This month’s pick:

She has been reading The Hell Fire Club by Jake Tapper.

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career…but for his life. (Via Amazon)

 


 

Oprah’s Book Club

 

Oprah’s book club. The book club of book clubs.

 

This month’s pick:

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton.

 

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Synopsis:

 

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty–nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

 

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence―full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty–seven years he was a beacon―transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty–four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

 

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty–year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy. (Via Amazon)

 

 


 

Sarah Jessica Parker

 

SJP uses her GoodReads account to keep up updated with what she is reading. She is currently promoting a book for which she is the editor, A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza. That is not stopping her from reading, however!

 

This month’s pick: 

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

 

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Synopsis:

 

If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a West Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter.

 

Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people’s stories. He doesn’t care where he finds them–or to whom they belong–as long as they help him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous, but they will also make him beg, borrow, and steal. They may even make him do worse.

 

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul. (Via Amazon)

 


 

Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf

Our Shared Shelf is also on GoodReads (like SJP).

 

This month’s pick:

For the months of July and August they will be reading a bit of poetry.Performing poems was what got me into acting,” Watson said on the book club’s announcement of the pick, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.

 

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Synopsis:

 

#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. (Via Amazon)

 


 

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine

Reese keeps her book club updated on the official site and her Instagram!

 

This month’s pick:

 

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest–until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. 

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage. (Via Amazon)

 


 

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel announced recently that he wants to start a summer book club. Viewers voted for which book they wanted to read the most out of five choices.

 

This month’s pick:

 

The winner was The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

 

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Synopsis:

 

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. (Via Amazon)

 


 

Bookstr’s Picks

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You know we couldn’t end this without a little bit of personal insight! Bookstr’s hot picks for this week are out in our weekly ‘Three to Read’ article. We really hope you give them a go!

 

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