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by Billy Nilles | Thu., Aug. 9, 2018 3:00 AM
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What's a summer vacation without a good book?
There's nothing better than a holiday in a warm, tropical place and a great read to tuck into as you lounge your life away. But with the days left in summer quickly becoming fewer and fewer, there's not much time left to bury your face in a book before fall arrives and its business as usual. What's a good book lover to do?
May we suggest you pick up one of these late summer book recommendations from some of Hollywood's most literate luminaries? It is National Book Lovers Day, after all! So, let's see what the stars are reading...
AUGUST BOOK ✨ Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. We can’t wait for you to follow along! Purchase the book from our indie bookstore of the month @elliottbaybookco via the link in our story, use code BELLE20 for 20% off! 💛 also, special shoutout to our belletrist babes @thenouvelleclub - our BookClub of the month based in Seattle, WA!
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Emma Roberts' Pick: The Incendaries, by R.O. Kwon
Did you know that the American Horror Story star has her own book club, Belletrist, that she runs alongside Karah Preiss? Well, she does. And for the month of August, their pick is this debut novel that tells the fractured story of wo young people looking for something to believe in while attending the prestigious Edwards University. As Kwon told Bustle, her debut novel was inspired by her own experiences growing into—and then out of—religion. And if you're looking for a hint on where this thing goes, we point you to the, err, explosive title.
I’ve got a page-turner for y’all! My August book pick is #StillLives by @mariahummel5656. It’s the ultimate mystery set in LA. An artist goes missing at the height of her controversial career, and the plot keeps you guessing who’s responsible. Was it a stunt or is she in danger ? You won’t know who to trust, and that ending… I won’t say any more—you’ll have to read it... or for my #HelloSunshineOnAudible folks, listen to it for yourself. I can’t wait for you to experience it so we can discuss all the crazy twists and turns at @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine!
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Reese Witherspoon's Pick: Still Lives, by Maria Hummel
Why did Witherspoon pick Hummel's newly released novel as her book club's latest selection? Allow her to explain: "It's the ultimate mystery set in LA. An artist goes missing at the height of her controversial career, and the plot keeps you guessing who's responsible. Was it a stunt or is she in danger ? You won't know who to trust, and that ending… I won't say any more—you'll have to read it..."
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Lena Dunham's Pick: My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh
OK, so the Girls creator didn't so much suggest reading Moshfegh's latest page-turner as she encouraged her followers to read the author's entire bibliography. But a great place to get started on that is with the book Dunham's holding in the photo. Released earlier this year, the novel follows an unnamed protagonist who gradually escalates her use of prescription medication in hopes of sleeping for an entire year. That the book reaches its climax in September of 2001 should give you a hint about where this whole thing is going.
Jennifer Garner's Pick: A Place for Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza
The Alias star recently shared a snap of herself reading Mirza's latest after another bookworm on this list, Sarah Jessica Parker, spent a good chunk of her summer beating the book's drum. And it's not hard to see why. The novel tells the story of an Indian-American Muslim family, unfolding their lives as they gather together in their California hometown for the wedding of eldest daughter, Hadia. The momentous occasion sees youngest sibling Amar reunite with his family after three years, forcing parents Rafiq and Layla to contend with the choices and betrayals that led to such an estrangement.
Book Club friends, I’m SO passionate about my next pick. The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. A man you should know. This unimaginable memoir is Anthony’s story of being falsely convicted and released from death row after 30 YEARS! Hope you’ll get a copy today on Amazon or wherever you buy your books.
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Oprah Winfrey's Pick: The Sun Does Shine, by Anthony Ray Hinton
Fiction not your thing? Then Winfrey's latest endorsement, a memoir about Hinton's time on death row after a wrongful conviction, might be more your speed. Allow the Queen of All Media to explain her choice: "Book Club friends, I'm SO passionate about my next pick. The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. A man you should know. This unimaginable memoir is Anthony's story of being falsely convicted and released from death row after 30 YEARS!"
I know I don’t normally post book recommendations on here, much less books of the political nature, but I found a great one you guys should know about! This dude, @jasonkander is the future. He is straight forward, self deprecating, and to be honest he seems like the antidote for the current political situation we are dealing with. He is so honest and real, it’s shocking he has any political career at all... but that’s exactly what appears to be lacking in most people holding public office. I’ve loved reading this book and I can’t wait to see what he does in the future. I will be leaving this book somewhere out and about in NYC, stay tuned for details. And if you are lucky enough to find it I will personally meet you, take as many pictures as you want, and congratulate you on your next great read. #outsidethewire
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Armie Hammer's Pick: Outside the Wire, by Jason Kander
Keeping on the non-fiction train, the Call Me By Your Name star's latest recommendation is this memoir from the Afghanistan combat veteran and former Missouri Secretary of State. Why? "He is straight forward, self deprecating, and to be honest he seems like the antidote for the current political situation we are dealing with," Hammer wrote. "He is so honest and real, it's shocking he has any political career at all... but that's exactly what appears to be lacking in most people holding public office. I've loved reading this book and I can't wait to see what he does in the future."
Have you voted yet??? The @PBS Great American Read is underway! Choose your favorite book among a master list of titles that have inspired, moved and shaped us all. Visit pbs.org/greatamericanread to view the special, see the full list of novels and learn how to cast your vote. You can vote once a day through 10/18 until polls close, in case you're like me and can't choose a single favorite. The winning book will be revealed on 10/22. Looking forward to hearing your #GreatReadPBS picks, fellow bookworms! (Can you spot mine?) X, Sj
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Sarah Jessica Parker's Pick: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
While promoting PBS' The Great American Read, which allows book lovers to vote for their favorite novel among a master list of titles that have helped shape us all, the Divorce star advocated for her pick, this 1959 novel from Nigerian novelist Achebe. The story chronicles pre-colonial life in the south-eastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century.
☀💦✍🏼 I am excited to announce that July/August's pick for @oursharedshelf is our first poet, @rupikaur_ , and her book of poems Milk and Honey 🍯🥛. Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born, Canadian-raised poet and artist. She chooses not to use upper case letters or punctuation in her poems as an ode to her native language, Punjabi. She travels the world, including recently to her native country India, performing her poems and drawing crowds of hundreds. Both of her books, Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers, have made the New York Times bestseller list, which for a poet, is astonishing. ••• Over my lifetime, I have fallen in and out of love with poetry. Performing poems was what got me into acting (I had a primary school teacher that made everyone learn one a week, and eventually I won a poetry recital competition!) In secondary school and at university, I loved deciphering the codes of poems in class discussion, but I honestly wondered if poetry would continue to feature in my life outside of an academic context. ••• Enter poets like @holliepoetry, @SabrinaMahfouz and Rupi Kaur- I demolished whole books in single sittings. Unlike poems I have often spent weeks unraveling, Rupi’s poems are not designed to obscure meaning or entertain too much ambiguity - they hit you like punches to the stomach. They are immediate, visceral and not easily digested. I am loathe to say Rupi has made poetry “accessible” because while this is the truth (Rupi’s poems and illustrations fit well into those famously square shaped Instagram frames), there is nothing easy or accessible about what Rupi chooses to talk about. In fact, the topics she chooses, are audacious. ••• Here is a 25-year-old girl saying the unsayable… to hundreds of thousands of people: that she has been raped, that at times she has been abused, that she bleeds. And sin of all sins… she actually likes the hair that grows on her body. Yes. She actually thinks it is beautiful. And that she is beautiful as God made her - what a transgression. That her body is her home and nobody else's. ••• Full letter on: www.goodreads.com/oursharedshelf
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Emma Watson's Pick: Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur
As with most celebs on this list, Watson runs her own book club, Our Shared Shelf, and for July/August, they chose poet Kaur's 2014 collection of poetry and prose. "I am loathe to say Rupi has made poetry 'accessible"'because while this is the truth (Rupi's poems and illustrations fit well into those famously square shaped Instagram frames), there is nothing easy or accessible about what Rupi chooses to talk about," Watson wrote. "In fact, the topics she chooses, are audacious."
Mindy Kaling's Pick: My Life as a Goddess, by Guy Branum
Why did Kaling write the forward to this hilarious memoir from comedian and former The Mindy Project writer Branum? "Because that's what goddesses do for one another," she wrote on Instagram. This collection of hilarious personal essays tells Branum's story as only he can. If you're a fan of Kaling's books, you won't want to miss this one.
Happy reading, book lovers!