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 January 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
Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
Description: After a speeding car kills five people late at night in New Delhi, the driver, a shell-shocked servant, is unable to explain the series of strange events that lead to the crime.
The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev
Who's reading it? Read with Marie Claire
Description: Three generations of the Desai women—65-year-old Bindu, her daughter-in-law Aly, and her granddaughter Cullie—navigate bad dates, reemerging exes, and secrets that refuse to remain hidden as they embark on a daring shared journey of self-discovery to live their most authentic lives.
Sam by Allegra Goodman
Who's reading it? Read with Jenna from Jenna Bush Hager
Description: Grappling with self-doubt and insecurity as she grows into her teens, Sam, yearning for her climbing coach's attention, dealing with her father's absence, and raging against her mother's constant pressure, must decide who she wants to be in the face of what she's expected to do.
The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes
Who's reading it? Reese's Book Club from Reese Witherspoon
Description: Seven years after the mysterious death of her best friend, Aubrey, Maya comes across a recent YouTube video in which a young woman dies in front of the same man Aubrey did, leading her back to a New England cabin to finally uncover a truth that could save her.
All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
Who's reading it? Belletrist from Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss
Description: Follows a young Indian American woman who is grappling with graduating into a recession, working a grueling entry-level corporate job, and trying to date Marina, a beautiful dancer who always seems just beyond her grasp.
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Who is reading it? The Author's Guild Banned Books Club
Description: After a family tragedy orphans her, Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a Black G.I., moves into her grandmother's mostly Black community in the 1980s, where she must swallow her grief and confront her identity as a biracial woman in a world that wants to see her as either Black or white.
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman
Who is reading it? Noname Book Club from Noname
Description: A breathtaking exploration of the lives of young Black women. Traces a lesser-known time of radical transformation of Black life in early 20th century America, revealing how a large number of Black women forged relationships, families, and jobs that were more empowered and typically indifferent to moral dictates.
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.