By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná
Since Oprah’s first book club pick in 1996, we have been reading as the celebrities do, falling in love with, or hating, characters with our fellow book club readers. Book clubs offer an opportunity to be in community with others, even if we’re not together in person.
Other celebrities who love to read have started book clubs, and even magazines are getting in on the action! Enjoy these August picks from well-established and new celebrity book clubs.
Please note: Many of these books are brand-new releases. We’ve ordered extra copies, but if you’re waiting on hold, be sure to check out the new materials shelves at the Maze and Dole branches and Hot Picks at the Main Library (these copies can’t be placed on hold or renewed). If the title is listed as available in the catalog, head over and pick up your next read before someone snatches it up!
Read with the stars
Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo
Who's reading it? Good Morning America Book Club
Description: Follows the lives of several generations of women in the Marte family after gathering to honor Flor, who can predict the day someone will die, decides to throw herself a huge party as a living wake.
Ripe by Sarah Rose Etter
Description: Trapped in a corporate nightmare, Cassie, plagued by a miniature black hole that feeds on her depression and anxiety, ends up unexpectedly pregnant after her CEO demands she cross an illegal threshold and must decide whether the tempting fruits of Silicon Valley are really worth it.
The Militia House by John Milas
Who's reading it? The Audacious Book Club from Roxane Gay
Description: In 2010 Kajak, Afghanistan, Corporal Loyette and his unit, to escape days mixed with boredom and dread, make a clandestine trip to explore a Soviet-era militia house rumored to be haunted and find themselves changed in horrific ways from this house that will not let them go.
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
Who's reading it? Reese's Book Club from Reese Witherspoon
Description: In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family's orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theater company called Tom Lake. As Lara recalls the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew.
My Husband by Maud Ventura
Who's reading it? Belletrist from Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss
Description: Obsessing over her perfect husband, a beautiful 40-year-old Parisian woman, who has an enviable life, watches him attentively and sets traps to make sure he still loves her just as much as he did when they first met, until one day she realizes she may have gone too far.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Who is reading it? The Author's Guild Banned Books Club
Description: Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl in an America whose love for blonde, blue-eyed children can devastate all others, prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be beautiful, people will notice her, and her world will be different.
The Black Panther Party by David Walker
Who is reading it? Noname Book Club from Noname
Description: Using dramatic comic book-style retellings and illustrated profiles of key figures, The Black Panther Party captures the major events, people, and actions of the party, as well as their cultural and political influence and enduring legacy.
Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.