Your favorite celebrity moms are taking some much needed “me time” and sharing the titles they are loving this month. If you want to follow suit, check out the great books they are digging into this month.
@reesewitherspoon’s May book pick for @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine is here, and it’s a special one: ‘You Think It, I’ll Say It’ by Curtis Sittenfeld. That’s right—it’s the collection of short stories that’s the inspiration behind a TV series we’ll be developing… so trust us, you will definitely want to read it. Read along and share your thoughts at @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine! 📚
You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld
This collection of short stories is a true testament to the details and judgment that we all go through internally on a daily basis. Curtis Sittenfeld puts our thoughts, fears and experiences on paper with strong characters and a breezy humor. These bite-sized stories are insightful and well-written.
Being a new mom is hard work and if you’re a first-time mom without realistic expectations it can be terrifying. The Nanny Connie Way will be a godsend to the new mom. With tips on sleeping rituals, breastfeeding, managing stress and more, Nanny Connie will be your constant companion through your first through months of parenting, giving you the confidence to handle anything that comes your way.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman In Moscow is a surprisingly endearing tale of a man sentenced to house arrest in an opulent hotel that reads more like its own universe. Though the man is at first devastated by the loss of his vast collection of expensive accoutrements and the small space in which he must live out the remainder of his days, he soon comes to believe himself to be the luckiest man in Russia. This delightful tale will sweep you away to another land and a long-gone era that will have you lingering on every word to delay coming back to the present.
The whole cast and crew is set up perfectly for self care Saturday with an advance copy of @aimeemolloy718’s #ThePerfectMother (available 5/1) and a bottle of @onehope. I’m loving that #OneHope donates half of its profits to charity. Each wine supports a different cause. ———————— The cast and crew had a choice to support the following causes with their #PostScandalSurvivalKit wine selection. 🍷 Cabernet (helps children with autism). 🍷 Merlot (helps end global disease). 🍷 Pinot Noir (funds animal adoption). 🍷 Red Blend (supports the troops) #ServeAndCelebrate
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
Every new mom needs friends to commiserate with and the “May Moms” group is the seemingly perfect fit for single mom Winnie. The group, whose moniker represents that their babies were all born in the same month, meet to connect with other grown-ups, recounting tales of new parenthood and to give one another much-needed support. But when the women decide to go out for a night on the town, Winnie’s baby is kidnapped. The aftermath tests their friendship and dives deep into the societal pressures of being a perfect parent.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Imagine having little to no interaction with society, separate from your parents and siblings for the first 17 years of your life. This is how author Tara Westover’s life began and the recounting of her survivalist lifestyle in rural Idaho will both terrify and inspire you. Despite her circumstances, Tara fought to educate herself and overcome the sometimes harrowing experiences of her childhood. Make sure you have tissues at the ready and your phone close by towards the close of the memoir; you will want to call your parents.
If you like a good nail-biting, scary read, I have it for you with What She Knew by @gillymacmillan. This was a brilliant read! Yes, it’s time again for #HBBooksFromBed. I started this book thinking I was gonna read for 30 minutes to help myself fall asleep, but wholly shit, was I in for a surprise. I was up all night! I couldn’t put it down. I love a good thriller and this book does not disappoint. This story is fast-paced, smart, technologically current, and every parent’s nightmare! If you enjoyed the film I did, Kidnap, you’ll love this addictive adventure. If you’ve read it or have the time to read it, let me know what you think! Happy reading! 📚
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillian
It’s a mother’s worst nightmare; a beautiful Sunday in the park and then suddenly Rachel’s son has vanished. The result is an intricate thriller in which no one is beyond suspicion. As the title relays, someone knows what happened to the missing boy and the process of landing on that final discovery will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss by Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is nothing if not bold, beautiful, sassy and unapologetic; all reasons why we love her. Her book Perfect Is Boring shares her struggles while growing up and the confidence that her mother instilled in her which had everything to do with her getting to the top of her career. The book also serves as a tribute to the wonderful relationship that Tyra and her mother have created and built on throughout the years.
Congratulations to my friend Marcia Gay Harden on writing this lovely lyrical book about her relationship with her mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the stories Marcia tells, about pregnancy and her actor’s life, also made me laugh out loud. Happy #bookbirthday @mgh_8 !! #SeasonsofmyMother 👏🏻
The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family and Flowers by Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden has found a delicate and beautiful way to honor and pay tribute to her mother as Alzheimers slowly steals her memories with this nonfiction release. The Seasons of My Mother paints a portrait of a fiercely loving and protective mother. In this book she recounts how the passing of time and worsening of her mother’s disease has made Marcia the gatekeeper of memories, providing a look into what many families are facing with dignity and an incredible amount of respect and love.
Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
Have you ever been driving by houses in your neighborhood and wondered what goes on within the walls? Other People’s Houses taps into that curiosity and warns that sometimes ignorance is bliss. When carpool mom Frances sees something that cannot be unseen, the community feels the effects, causing our cast of characters to fully examine their own internal relationships. This fun, smart and sometimes snarky read will definitely make the book club rounds this summer.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) May 2, 2018
The Elizas by Sara Shepard
Eliza Fontaine is writing her first novel and we quickly learn that the lines between her fictional tale and real life are becoming very blurred. With a history of suicide attempts, everyone assumes that when Eliza is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, it’s just another cry for help. Her adamant account of being pushed falls on deaf ears and she launches her own investigation which doesn’t take long to reveal that everyone is hiding something. The quick escalation of this thriller will make it almost impossible to put down.
Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience by Allison Pataki
At five months pregnant, Allison could not have imagined how her life was about to change as they boarded a flight that would take them to their romantic honeymoon destination. After her husband suffered a rare stroke and awoke with the inability to retain memories, she found that caring for both him and their newborn child to be a struggle. This memoir begins as a letter to her husband, making the book a place to recount memories forgotten. After the heartbreaking introduction this memoir becomes a powerful telling of the power of love, faith, perseverance and the strength of the human spirit.