Read With Jenna Book Club Picks
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"Amazing Grace Adams" by Fran LittlewoodJenna Bush Hager says her September 2023 Read With Jenna pick is "hilarious" and that should be apparent from the cover.
"Summer Sisters" by Judy Blume“It's about that time in your life where you're trying to figure out who you're going to be,” Jenna says. “It is the perfect, perfect beach read but that doesn't mean that it's an easy read."
"Chain-Gang All Stars" by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah"It’ll make you have conversations about the prison industrial complex," Jenna said. "It pushed me, for sure — but that’s the incredible thing about reading."
"The Many Daughters of Afong Moy" by Jamie Ford“The Many Daughters of Afong Moy is one of the most beautiful books of motherhood of what we pass on to those that come after us — what we inherit. It's a book about strength and goodness. I just thought that this was the most incredible book that really displays the strength of women, and a time where I think we need it most," Jenna said.
"Remarkably Bright Creatures" by Shelby Van Pelt“This novel is filled with love, humor, joy and healing. It demonstrates the power and beauty of unexpected friendships. I can’t wait for this creative, feel-good story to surprise and delight the Read With Jenna book club this May,” said Jenna Bush Hager.
"Memphis" by Tara M. StringfellowThis debut novel is told over 70 years from the shifting perspectives of Hazel, her daughters’, Miriam and August, and Miriam’s daughter, Joan. The book jumps back and forth through time as it slowly unveils the legacy each generation passes down to the next.
"Groundskeeping" by Lee ColeIt’s a story about love and identity and where we are from. It is about what makes us a family. I feel like it will lead to a lot of important conversation about what brings us together and what divides us. In a time when our country does seem so divided, I felt like it would be a healing, beautiful book for so many to read.
"The School for Good Mothers" by Jessamine ChanIs it possible for a book to be so good that it ruins reading all together? I had serious concerns that this might be true after finishing “A School For Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan. This debut novel was so captivating, thought-provoking and beautifully written, everything I tried to pick up next paled in comparison. It was all I wanted to talk about, think about and read.
"Bright Burning Things" by Lisa HardingI have never read a book that addresses mental health and alcoholism in as transparent and beautiful a way as “Bright Burning Things” by Lisa Harding. It is a thought-provoking story about motherhood and addiction that is full of human emotion and struggle.
"The Family" by Naomi KrupitskyIn her debut novel, “The Family,” author Naomi Krupitksy tells the mafia’s story from the unique vantage point of these two young girls as they grow into wives, mothers and leaders in their community. “The Family” is a coming-of-age story about loyalty, resilience and what it means to belong to a group that is bigger than yourself.
"The Lincoln Highway" by Amor TowlesWhen I read Amor Towles third and most recent book, “The Lincoln Highway,” I knew I had to share it with my book club. Not only is it one of the most beautifully written books I have ever picked up, it’s a story about hope, friendship and companionship in a time when we need it so much.
"The Turnout" by Megan Abbott"I love how Megan Abbott looks at the darker sides of things that we all remember, such as ballet classes as children," said Jenna, "She examines the relationship between Dara and Marie and the past that connects them while exploring themes of siblinghood, how our past predicts our future and the darker side of ballet."
"Great Circle," by Maggie Shipstead"Now, more than ever, I love reading about women who chart their own courses. As a mom of two little girls and a young boy, I believe it is important to highlight fictional and nonfictional stories of fierce, independent women who don’t conform to what society says we need to be."
"The Girl With The Louding Voice," by Abi Daré"While reading, there were times when I felt like Adunni was whispering, singing and in parts, crying to me," Jenna said. "This is truly a love story about one young girl whose resilience and grit drive her, until her voice is loud and clear."
"Evvie Drake Starts Over," by Linda Holmes"I was captivated by Evvie Drake right away," said Jenna. "By the character of Evvie — and her predicament of finding herself as a young widow and trying to find herself after being in this marriage and being in this relationship since high school."
"The Unwinding of the Miracle," by Julie Yip-Williams"She wrote throughout her cancer diagnosis to, I think, make sense of it," Jenna said. "But she also had two young daughters, like I do. She was the same age that I am when she was diagnosed, which I think was one reason I immediately connected with it."