September Celebrity Book Club Picks From Jenna Bush Hager and More

In the wake of Oprah’s rebooted book club in 2012, there’s been a whole wave of celebrity book clubs, from Emma Watson’s Goodreads-based feminist club to Jenna Bush Hager’s recently launched efforts on TODAY. There’s a critical mass of celebrities effusing about their favorite books these days. Here’s this month’s roundup. (We also include the PBS NewsHour - New York Times pick of the month, because hey, we love those organizations and their fancy book club page.)

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Reese Witherspoon selected this debut novel as her September book club pick. “Set during the Cold War, it tells the story of secretaries turned spies who are tasked with smuggling ‘Doctor Zhivago’ out of the USSR and into the hands of Russian citizens. You’ll get to know Sally and Irina, two spies who risk it all for love and adventure,” Witherspoon wrote on the club’s website.

Find Witherspoon’s past picks here.

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

Jenna Bush Hager is on maternity leave at the TODAY show, but that just means she has even more time to read. She picked Cara Wall’s debut novel as her September #ReadWithJenna book club selection. “It’s a book about faith, friendship, relationships and what connects us,” Hager said in the announcement post. “I couldn’t help but underline these beautiful passages about life and faith and love.”

Find Hager’s past picks here.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s debut novel is the September pick for the PBS NewsHour - New York Times book club, Now Read This. “It’s a novel about belonging and growing up, about bad decisions and human nature, and about how the world doesn’t always fit into the archetypes we’ve seen or read,” according to the club’s announcement post.

Find past PBS NewsHour - New York Times book club picks here.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved author Toni Morrison died August 5 at the age of 88. In memoriam, Emma Watson’s book club, Our Shared Shelf, chose Beloved as its September-October pick. “Morrison’s lyrical prose contrasts with the horrific spectre of slavery and manages to be both beautiful and devastating all at once,” says the club’s announcement post.

Find Emma Watson’s past Our Shared Shelf picks here.

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux is one of the best (and most controversial and cranky) American travel writers of our time, and he covers a lot of ground in this account of his journey through Africa, from Egypt to South Africa. Cutting cynicism resides next to glowing hope. Recently retired NFL quarterback Andrew Luck chose this as his September book club pick.

See Luck’s past book club selections here. (Also, find our Scribd Original by Theroux here.)

What Red Was by Rosie Price

The problems of power and privilege come and destroy an otherwise blissful friendship that crossed gender and social class lines in Rosie Price’s debut. Emma Roberts selected this novel as her September pick for her book club, Belletrist.

Find Emma Roberts’ previous book club picks here.

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Dr. Paul Farmer seems like a superhuman in his quest to eradicate infectious disease and his work traveling the world to carry out this quest. Journalist Tracy Kidder captures Farmer’s tirelessness in this inspiring biographical book. Author John Green selected Mountains Beyond Mountains as his September pick for his book club, Life’s Library.

See the original list on Scribd.

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