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Emma Roberts’s Book Club Picked Two Books For July & One Is About Our Obsession With Dead Girls

With everyone from Oprah and Reese Witherspoon to Emma Watson and Lena Dunham starting their own groups, it seems like nowadays there are more celebrity book clubs than one reader could possibly join, but if you want to join in on a community that recommends fierce and feminist reads, look no further than Belletrist. This month, Emma Roberts’s book club picked not one, but two nonfiction titles for July, and trust me when I say both books should be considered required summer reading.

Every month, over 178,000 followers tune into the Belletrist Instagram page to see what the Scream Queens actress and her best friend and book club cofounder Karah Preiss are reading. This July, bookworms were treated to two incredible selections, both nonfiction and both totally engrossing reads.

First up: Alice Bolin’s Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving and American Obsession. A fascinating collection that combines feminist cultural criticism and personal storytelling, it examines popular and often troublesome tropes in famous works of pop culture, literature, and true crime, from the essays of Joan Didion to the music of Britney Spears and beyond.

“Bolin’s essays are the perfect blend of criticism, humor, memoir,” Roberts wrote on the Belletrist Instagram page alongside the announcement of July’s selection. “The book made me think about my own fascination with true crime in a way I have never considered before. This is a book for any mystery/true crime fanatic…. or even a casual fan.”

As the title implies, Bolin’s debut collection Dead Girls heavily focuses on our cultural obsession with murdered women, and uses the lens of pop culture, literature, true crime, and the author’s own personal experiences to investigate it. In each essay, Bolin examines

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