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14 Recommended Reads From Reese Witherspoon

Tolani Osan joined Simon & Schuster’s Associate’s Program in 2015 where she spent her first rotation in S&S publicity. She recently earned a Master’s in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. A daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tolani enjoys literary fiction about the tensions between cultures and classes. Her favorite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which she’s made a pact with herself to revisit every three years. She also founded and runs women’s interest blog, MyDresscapades.com, and writes on topics such as fashion, food, perpetual “singledom,” and feminism. You can enjoy her musings about pop culture, fashion, and literature on twitter @dresscapades.  

Oscar-winning actress and producer, mother, Southern-inspired apparel designer . . . book aficionado? Reese Witherspoon does it all, but currently I’m most impressed with her bookshelf. In addition to gorgeous photos of her covetable life, her Instagram account is brimming with remarkable book recommendations. Here are 14 favorite Reese Witherspoon–approved books you’ll want on your own bookshelf.


Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty
A brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. And it’s a popular TV series, starring Nicole Kidman and who else but Reese Witherspoon.
Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty

For your friend who loves everything Reese Witherspoon does

Reese Witherspoon has awfully good taste in all things literary, which is why we are so excited about her new HBO series based on Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES. In her pitch-perfect way, Moriarty shows us the truth about what really goes on behind closed suburban doors. Hint: the reality is filled with parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

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By Tolani Osan | December 1, 2015

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

An imaginative and poignant adult fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror. This bewitching and harrowing story of mystery, survival, memory, and magic makes the impossible all too real.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman

An imaginative and poignant adult fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror. This bewitching and harrowing story of mystery, survival, memory, and magic makes the impossible all too real.

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The Engagements
by J. Courtney Sullivan

The Engagements is an exhilarating novel about Frances Gerety, the real pioneering ad woman who coined the famous slogan “A diamond is forever,” and four unique marriages that will test how true those words are.

The Engagements
J. Courtney Sullivan

The Engagements is an exhilarating novel about Frances Gerety, the real pioneering ad woman who coined the famous slogan “A diamond is forever,” and four unique marriages that will test how true those words are.

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By Tolani Osan | December 1, 2015

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Luckiest Girl Alive
by Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli has a covetable life: a glitzy magazine job, a blue blood fiancé, and a wardrobe to match. But when a violent, public trauma from her past threatens to destroy the life she’s worked tirelessly to attain, Ani must carefully weigh her chance at redemption. Jessica Knoll brilliantly constructs a new literary frenemy you’ll love to hate in this New York Times instant bestseller.

Luckiest Girl Alive
Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli has a covetable life: a glitzy magazine job, a blue blood fiancé, and a wardrobe to match. But when a violent, public trauma from her past threatens to destroy the life she’s worked tirelessly to attain, Ani must carefully weigh her chance at redemption. Jessica Knoll brilliantly constructs a new literary frenemy you’ll love to hate in this New York Times instant bestseller.

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Not That Kind of Girl
by Lena Dunham
In this candid collection of personal essays, actress and producer Lena Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s world: falling in love, being perpetually ten pounds overweight, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, and believing your story is one that deserves to be told.
Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham’s first book of essays about life, love, and personal neuroses is dedicated to Nora, her mentor and friend, and the woman she says inspired her writing and film career. If anyone has come close to becoming the New Nora, it’s Dunham. Another must-read is her remembrance of Nora in The New Yorker.

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Ashley's War
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

This is the true story of Ashley White, who was part of a pilot program that hand-picked women in the army to play a unique role on special operations teams. Ashley and her colleagues were tasked with gathering intelligence from mothers, sisters, and daughters of Afghani insurgents. They built relationships woman to woman, in ways that male soldiers in an Islamic country never could.

Ashley's War
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

This is the true story of Ashley White, who was part of a pilot program that hand-picked women in the army to play a unique role on special operations teams. Ashley and her colleagues were tasked with gathering intelligence from mothers, sisters, and daughters of Afghani insurgents. They built relationships woman to woman, in ways that male soldiers in an Islamic country never could.

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Second Life
by S.J. Watson

Julia’s quest to solve her sister’s murder quickly evolves into an alluring exploration of her own darkest sensual desires. Her search for answers will jeopardize her marriage, her family, and her life. A tense and unrelenting novel, this is a masterwork of suspense.

Second Life
S.J. Watson

Julia’s quest to solve her sister’s murder quickly evolves into an alluring exploration of her own darkest sensual desires. Her search for answers will jeopardize her marriage, her family, and her life. A tense and unrelenting novel, this is a masterwork of suspense.

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By Tolani Osan | December 1, 2015

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I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head after she refused to be silenced or give up her right to go to school. Her memoir is the remarkable story of a family uprooted by global terrorism. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head after she refused to be silenced or give up her right to go to school. Her memoir is the remarkable story of a family uprooted by global terrorism. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

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All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
This Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is the powerful, moving story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France during World War II.
All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr

Already beloved by millions of readers, this novel follows a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as they both try to survive the devastation of World War II. The breakout hit of 2014, this beautiful novel was a finalist for the National Book Award and it just won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. If you haven't read it yet, this one should be at the top of your spring reading list.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood
by Ruth Ware

During a weekend away with a friend in an eerie glass house, crime writer Leonora wakes up in a hospital bed injured wondering not “What happened?” but “What have I done?” This one is for fans of GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.

In a Dark, Dark Wood
Ruth Ware

During a weekend away with a friend in an eerie glass house, crime writer Leonora wakes up in a hospital bed injured wondering not “What happened?” but “What have I done?” This one is for fans of GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.

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One More Thing
by B.J. Novak

Perhaps you’re a fan of B. J. Novak’s from The Office or his many film appearances. One More Thing is his acclaimed, entertaining first collection of short stories that are playful, curious, and wise.

One More Thing
B.J. Novak

Perhaps you’re a fan of B. J. Novak’s from The Office or his many film appearances. One More Thing is his acclaimed, entertaining first collection of short stories that are playful, curious, and wise.

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By Tolani Osan | December 1, 2015

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Look at Me
by Jennifer Egan

A coolly mesmerizing intellectual thriller of identity and imposture. After surviving a car accident, supermodel Charlotte Swenson undergoes extensive surgery to reassemble her shattered face. Still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable, she becomes a virtual stranger in a world she once effortlessly occupied.

Look at Me
Jennifer Egan

A coolly mesmerizing intellectual thriller of identity and imposture. After surviving a car accident, supermodel Charlotte Swenson undergoes extensive surgery to reassemble her shattered face. Still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable, she becomes a virtual stranger in a world she once effortlessly occupied.

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The Art Forger
by B.A. Shapiro

A young artist agrees to forge a stolen Degas for a renowned gallery owner in exchange for a one-woman show. But she soon suspects that this long-missing masterpiece may itself be a forgery.

The Art Forger
B.A. Shapiro

A young artist agrees to forge a stolen Degas for a renowned gallery owner in exchange for a one-woman show. But she soon suspects that this long-missing masterpiece may itself be a forgery.

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By Tolani Osan | December 1, 2015

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Me Before You
by JoJo Moyes
This modern love story brings together two people who couldn’t have less in common—a paraplegic ex–Master of the Universe and the very ordinary young woman who is hired as his caregiver. This heartbreaking romantic story asks what happens when love isn’t enough.
Me Before You
JoJo Moyes

Will Traynor is an attractive but brooding young man grieving the life he lived before the terrible accident that left him paralyzed. Louisa Clark is the quirky and charming young woman that Will’s parents hire to cheer him up and remind him that life is worth living. You will fall as hard and deeply in love with Will as Louisa does.

Read the review of ME BEFORE YOU and AFTER YOU.

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