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7 Reese Witherspoon Book Picks to Read While Waiting for Whiskey in a Teacup

by | August 30

Reese Witherspoon is not only a talented actress but also a huge bookworm. Over the past several years she has optioned several books to adapt into movies or TV series. She has produced and starred in several adaptations including A Wrinkle in TimeWild, and the HBO hit series Big Little Lies.  

In recent years she also launched her own book club to help highlight women’s stories. Here are some of my favorite picks from the Reese Witherspoon Book Club, which I’ll be reading in the buildup to Whiskey in a Teacup, pubbing on September 18th!  

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood

by Ruth Ware

Reese is a big fan of Ruth Ware. She has recommended three of Ruth’s books to her book club. In A Dark, Dark WoodThe Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying GameLooking for a dark and twisty thriller (or three)Ruth Ware is perfect for you. Each of these stories will keep you guessing and keep you reading all night to uncover the mystery. 

Are You Sleeping

Are You Sleeping

by Kathleen Barber

This contorted psychological thriller from Kathleen Barber is Serial meets In a Dark, Dark Wood. When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell talks about a murder case on a mega-hit podcast, the case is reopened and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter.  

Reese loved this story so much that she decided to adapt it for TV. The show will be produced by Reese’s Hello Sunshine production company and will star Octavia Spencer! We can’t wait to see it hit the silver screen next year!  

Luckiest Girl Alive

Luckiest Girl Alive

by Jessica Knoll

Reese Witherspoon described this book as “one of those reads you just can’t put down.”  

As a teenager, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue-blood fiancé, she’s  this close  to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But she has a secret that she hopes nobody will ever find out.  

In the Country We Love

In the Country We Love

by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford

You might recognize Diane Guerrero from Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, but her real-life story is even more eye-opening than the characters she plays. When she was just fourteen, her parents were detained and deported. She was at school when her parents were taken away. Born in the US, Diane was able to stay here and went to live with family friends.  

Today, many families around the country are also navigating the fallout from ICE raids, being torn apart and separated. In the Country We Love details Diane’s heartbreaking story and the struggles of many undocumented residents around this country and their fight to keep their families together.  

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

by Balli Kaur Jaswal

I have to say…this one caught my eye because of the title. I was born and raised here in the States, but my family is from the Punjab region of Pakistan. I grew up learning both English and Urdu with a little mix of Punjabi.  

The Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is a tale of being stuck between cultures. A first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants, Nikki lives in West London. As a law school dropout, she doesn’t have a lot of cash, so she impulsively takes a job teaching a creative writing class at the Punjabi community center. She quickly learns that many of the women who signed up for the class thought they were taking an English literacy course, rather than learning the art of short-story writing. But when one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories among Nikki’s things, she suggests that those are the kind of stories they should be writing. Nikki learns that the widows have been hiding some sexy fantasies and memories underneath their white dupattas. Find out what happens as a consequence. 

Whiskey in a Teacup

Whiskey in a Teacup

by Reese Witherspoon

Academy Award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. Her grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?

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Saimah works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves dystopian fiction! She also enjoys reading celeb memoirs, modern romances and murder mysteries. When she's not reading, she is binge-watching her favorite shows, finding the best roof deck bars in the city and watching sporting events (while defending her Cleveland sports teams!).