Back in February of this year, Oprah announced on Twitter that she was working on adapting her Book Club pick An American Marriage to the big screen.
Bustle is reporting that the announcement has resurfaced recently with the novel’s author Tayari Jones retweeting Oprah’s original tweet and clarifying her enthusiasm. All of this suggests the project is moving forward in development.
An American Marriage is both a suspenseful romance and an exploration of a married life in shambles, seen through the lens of letters sent back and forth between a black man falsely convicted in prison and his wife on the outside who must carry on alone while dealing with the romantic interests of a longtime friend.
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’sThe Sun Does Shine, and Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana.
While Mindy doesn’t have an official book club of her own, she likes to keep her Instagram updated with her current reads.
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)
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!
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)
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 Honeyby Rupi Kaur.
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#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 siteand her Instagram!
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 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.
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)
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!
It’s a well-known fact that getting your book picked for Oprah’s Book Club is like having a fairy godmother wave her wand and make the book an instant bestseller. The latest book to receive this notoriety is certainly worth the hype and is what Oprah herself describes in her announcement video as a story that “reads like an epic novel,” except that it’s a memoir and is all true. The next Oprah Book Club pick is….
Hinton’s memoir, as the title suggests, is an account of his time on Death Row in Alabama after being falsely convicted of murdering two fast food managers during a robbery in 1985. He was imprisoned for thirty years until 2015 when ballistics test proved that he did not fire the gun that killed them. He spent his first few years in prison angry and full of despair, but as he came to accept his fate, he resolved to survive and find a way for himself and his fellow inmates to live on Death Row. His book is a testament to the power of faith, resilience, and forgiveness.
Before he was released from prison, Hinton started a book club of his own with the other inmates. Books gave him the ability to experience other worlds even while he was behind bars. In an interview for Macmillan, he explained, “Reading really saved my life in a way that people probably will never be able to understand.” According to Hinton, there is nothing better in this world than discussing a good book with other people.
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As for his own book, he has said that he hopes that it will inspire other people to do better. “What happened to me, I don’t ever want to happen to anyone else. I’m just trying to be a little tiny light in God’s world,” he said.
The Sun Does Shine is on sale now. You can buy it on Amazon here.
Before Oprah’s famous book club, there was the Book of the Month Club. Quite possibly one of the oldest book subscription services, Book of the Month Club has been around since 1926 and has been providing the nation with top picks.
What you get: Readers get to pick one Book of the Month hardcover book of your choice from a list of titles picked by BOTM judges. Along with the book, readers get access to a discussion forum, like an online book club.
Cost: Monthly – $14.99
Yearly – $149.99 (~$12.50 per book)
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2. Introverts Retreat
For those who just like to spend a night in alone instead of heading out on the town, the Introverts Retreat box is perfect. The box is exactly what it sounds like, a personal retreat for introverts or others who just want their “me time” and a good book along with it.
What you get: Readers get to choose from four different boxes:
the regular box – includes a novel and three to four items
the luxe box – includes a novel and up to nine pamper-perfect items
the bath time box – includes a paperback novel, a bath bomb, bath salts, and a candle
the girl power! box – includes a book and three to four handpicked items for teens
Cost: $24.66 – $49.99
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3. Cozy Reader Club
One of the easiest ways to relieve stress is to unwind with a good book and Cozy Reader Club helps readers do just that. They supply subscribers with a new book every month along with four to six items ranging from coffee and tea to gourmet treats from across the US.
What you get: A monthly delivery of a book along with four to six handpicked items to help readers cozy up with their book from drinks like tea and hot chocolate to handmade items like a pair of socks.
Cost: $64.95 per month + shipping
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4. Once Upon A Book Club
Ever wanted to open up gifts while reading? Now you can! Once Upon A Book provides readers with a surprise book and three to five gifts to open when you reach the labeled corresponding page numbers, putting the story in reader’s hands.
What you get: Readers get one upcoming young adult novel along with three to five bookish items that fit the theme of the box, with items in past boxes ranging from scented wax melts to weekly planners. Each book also comes with an exclusive letter from the author along with a signed bookplate.
You’ve heard of the basic literary genres – fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, etc., but have you heard of Feghoot or furry sleuth? There are more to literary genres than the classics and here are some that you might’ve not known.
Sometimes known as CanLit or Canadiana, it’s exactly what you would expect it to be, Canadian literature. The sub genre is similar to Americana fiction, but with stories centered around Canada. The literature has been strongly influenced by international immigration with themes of the works surrounding ethnic minority, identity, duality, and cultural differences.
2. Coterie or Cult Novel
Not what you know typically as a cult novel or film, coterie novels offer a specific intellectual and elitist appeal. These novels are no beach reads but instead offer the reader an intense, challenging, and thoughtful reading experience. Books in this genre include the works of James Joyce.
A little bit on the controversial side, but Dickensian fiction is any story said to resemble those if Charles Dickens. Most authors described under this genre haven’t been as successful as its namesake. One notable work that can be described as being a Dickensian novel is Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.
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4. Fake Memoir
Fake memoirs are exactly what they sound like. Fake memoirs can either be written and published as false to begin with or they can be exposed as partially or wholly false. An famous example of an exposed false memoir is James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. Famously banished from Oprah’s Book Club, Oprah sent it to the New York Times bestseller list only to later reveal on national television that the book was highly embellished and mostly false.
A tiny yet distinct subgenera rooted in fan fiction, Feghoot fiction began as a series of science fiction pieces titled Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot. The pieces were usually only a few paragraphs long and always ended with a deliberately bad pun.
6. Cozy Mystery
Another oddly specific genre with its own format, cozy mysteries like Joanne Fluke’s Raspberry Danish Murderand Kelly Lane’s Dipped to Deathare typically set in a small town with a amateur female sleuth. The crimes in these mysteries are typically murders but they aren’t done by psychopaths or serial killers but instead by some member of the community. The sleuth usually has connections to the police force by a spouse, friend, etc. and they hold jobs that bring them into constant contact with others in their community.
7. Furry Sleuth
Similar to the cozy mysteries, furry sleuth mysteries feature a cat or dog as a principal investigator, very rarely is the protagonist a bird or reptile. Similarly to cozy mysteries, they take place in smaller communities with a similar cast of characters. Furry sleuth novels have some of the best titles including The Fast and the Furriestand Claws for Concern.