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Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Picks: Spotlight on Female Authors

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Reese Witherspoon launched her company named “Hello Sunshine” in November 2016. The actress wanted to share her passion in discovering stories that center around women and her media company provided the virtual space to showcase women storytelling that can be seen through film, TV, and other digital platforms. 

Shortly after her company was formed, in 2017, Witherspoon started up a book club, simply called “Reese’s Book Club”. Since June 2017, each month, Reese picks one book to share with her club that centers around an inspiring story about women – with all book selections written by female authors. Her picks have been praised by Publisher’s Weekly and also often hold top spots on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

Reese Witherspoon is one of only a select few celebrities that have established book clubs, other celebs include: Jenna Bush Hager, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kaia Gerber and last but not least the famous Oprah.

“We are about shining a light on female authorship and agency” 

reese witherspoon on hello-sunshine website

As of May 2020, Reese has recommended a total of 36 monthly titles with her June pick coming up very soon. Witherspoon’s September 2017 pick “Little Fires Everywhere” was even adapted for video and costarred in by the actress which is now available for streaming on Hulu and also available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Check out the following links to see the list of all Reese’s book club picks. Below we have also provided information on all the latest 2020 selections from Reese’s book club complete with a short summary from the publisher and additional information where you can get more information and purchase if interested:

The Henna Artist  – May 2020

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Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist–and confidante–to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own.

 Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood.

As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow–a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does. Click to see “The Henna Artist“, also available on Amazon and Walmart.


Untamed – April 2020

There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent–even from ourselves. 

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For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is.

At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice–the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living. Click to see “Untamed“, also Available on Amazon.


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The Jetsetters – March 2020

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When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the Become a Jetsetter contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can’t seem to find a partner; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday.

Charlotte yearns for the years when her children were young, when she was a single mother who meant everything to them. When she wins the contest, the family packs their baggage–both literal and figurative–and spends ten days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso.

As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed and old wounds are reopened, forcing the Perkins family to confront the forces that drove them apart and the defining choices of their lives. Click to see “The Jetsetters“, also Available on Amazon.


The Scent Keeper – February 2020

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Emmeline lives on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in glass bottles that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them.

As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge.

To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination. Captivating and emotional, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home. Click to see “The Scent Keeper“, also available on Amazon and Walmart.


Such a Fun Age – January 2020

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A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. 

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same.

So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. Click to see “Such a Fun Age, also Available on Amazon and Walmart


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