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Celebrity book clubs are the new big thing. But are the picks worth reading?


Reese Witherspoon’s book club selected “Still Lives,” by Maria Hummel for its August pick. (@reesesbookclubxhellosunshine Instagram)

Earlier this summer, Jimmy Fallon announced he was starting a book club because he hadn’t seen one “since Oprah.” It’s unclear what tome he’s been living under, because the celebrity book club is en vogue: We used to talk about what Reese Witherspoon was wearing; now it’s what she’s reading. Fallon’s good company ranges from actress-producer Witherspoon to indie rocker Florence Welch and football player Andrew Luck. All are welcome, on the simple basis that they’re encouraging reading. But whose shelf is really worth getting star-struck over? We played literazzi to examine:

Celebrity: Reese Witherspoon

Branded as: Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine

Good choice if: You’re a modern woman who bends and snaps in order to pick up a book.

Book cred: Turned “Big Little Lies” into an HBO series; wrote the upcoming “Whiskey in a Teacup,” a celebrity lifestyle book — that rare species of a genre.

Recent reads: “Next Year in Havana” by Chanel Cleeton and “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Cliffs notes: If any book club has been a household name since Oprah’s, it’s this one. Witherspoon has good taste, favoring contemporary fiction by women — often historical romance and mysteries — and her production company has claimed the rights to many of her monthly selections. But don’t expect nuanced discussion of the books; this is more of a “What’s Reese reading” situation.


Andrew Luck connects with readers through his book club’s Instagram account. (@albookclub Instagram)

Andrew Luck’s August picks.

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/celebrity-book-clubs-are-the-new-big-thing-but-are-the-picks-worth-reading/2018/09/12/d15b6f36-a4b7-11e8-97ce-cc9042272f07_story.html

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