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Early Bird Books: 13 Books Our Favorite Celebrities Love

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Stars—they read like us! We’ll be the first to admit that we love a bit of celebrity gossip—especially when it involves what’s on people’s shelves. Lately, stars like Reese Witherspoon and Emma Watson have been hopping on the book club train, selecting titles each month and leading thoughtful reading discussions with their fans. It’s been a great way to highlight the latest debut authors, or bring old, forgotten gems back into the limelight. We’re all about using fame to the benefit of a good book. Below, you’ll find recommendations that come straight from the mouths of our favorite celebrities. From childhood classics to later-in-life discoveries, these are the reads that have made lasting impressions on Academy Award winners, singers, and more. Tom Hanks Blood on…

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Reese Witherspoon’s and Other Celebrity Book Clubs: Read Along with Your Favorite Stars

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Admit it. You get a little excited every time you see a celebrity caught by the paparazzi with a book in their hand. You have one of those moments where you realize that even though they are staggeringly beautiful and stunningly successful and talented, they are just like us after all because they read! In fact, some of them read so much that they have even created their own book clubs (Thank you, Oprah!). Here, we hitch our wagon to some stars and take a look at how they share their favorite books. The RW Book Club The “RW” in the RW Book Club stands for none other than Reese Witherspoon. The club is…

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‘Sour Heart’ Will Continue Lena Dunham’s Legacy under Lenny Imprint

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As soon as the final episode of Girls aired on HBO back in April, Lena Dunham was already thinking about her next project. It makes sense – the 31-year-old is an author, a showrunner, an actress, a filmmaker, and co-founder of the popular feminist newsletter and website, Lenny Letter. At this point, Lena Dunham is clearly a powerhouse, creating content that almost always sparks a conversation. So in April, when Dunham announced that she and her Lenny Letter partner Jenni Konner were starting a new imprint with Random House, we couldn’t wait to see what they would do with it. The imprint, called Lenny, is designed to “push the ball forward on the issues that matter to our audience,” as…

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Talking Georgia Clark’s ‘The Regulars’: What’s So Bad about Being…Regular?

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Let’s face it, being a girl is hard. Deciding what to wear and then if that clothing fits your apple or pear body shape is not always enjoyable. Answering the question: do I have too much makeup on or not enough, is typically a rhetorical question, because is there ever really an answer? The list goes on and on. In a world where we are told to “just be ourselves,” there sure seems to be a lot of pressure on us ladies, from the “pretty” Snapchat filter to our Instagram news feeds filled with selfies of contouring celebrities, it’s no wonder where Georgia Clark found her inspiration for her latest witty and sexy novel, The Regulars (Emily Bestler Books, August 2, 2016). In Clark’s debut in adult fiction, Evie,…

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Are Celebrity Book Deals Killing Literature?

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Back at the dawn of my career I interned for a romance author who was forever being considered by publishing houses only to be rejected. Finally I contacted a friend at one of these houses and she explained that editors had a limited budget for new work and were reluctant to take a chance on an unknown unless they could be sure of sales. And this was before the phenomenon called the Celebrity Novel on which publishers pin hopes of jackpot dividends. Alas, for every Tina Fey whose $5 million advance produced a book that sold out within six months, there’s a Graham Nash whose $1 million advance barely sold 31,000 books. However, the trend continues. Actors, musicians and reality…

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Girls’ Lena Dunham Releases Newsletter Summer Fiction Preview

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There aren’t many writers or performers as provocative as Lena Dunham. Her show Girls always pushes the boundaries, giving us awkward sex scenes and coke-fueled dance parties, while always staying true to what it’s like to be a modern 20-something. From regularly taking her clothes off on the show, to well, regularly taking her clothes off in real life [NSFW], Dunham is never afraid to let it all hang out. Now she is making headlines once again, but this time for her Lenny Letter newsletter. The newsletter was founded along with Jenni Konner, and the goal is to create something for “an army of like-minded intellectually curious women and the people who love them, who want to bring change but also…

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The 5 best books by women we admired in 2014

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In a year where Hobby Lobby was able to set women’s rights back a few decades, it’s more important than ever to look to our female role models for guidance and advice. And luckily for us, a ton of them wrote memoirs and novels this year. Here are five of our favorite books from women we wholeheartedly admire in 2014: Yes Please, by Amy Poehler Is there anything Poehler can’t do? She’s a comedian, an actor, a director, a producer, a mother and now even a debut author. Her first book, Yes Please, is part autobiography, part self-help, and full of inspirational stories and advice. Not only do we hear about her rise to fame (and all the struggles that…

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HBO’s GIRLS leaves us craving for more–here are three Girl-like books you need to read

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Full-frontal nudity, jokes about rehab, role-playing gone horribly wrong – OK, OK, we admit it: we’re already missing HBO’s GIRLS. Season three ended in March, but it seems like only yesterday we were watching Hannah prance around in her tattoos (and not much else), or cringing at Marnie’s cheesy music video to “What I Am.” Now we have to wait almost a year until season four airs. Not to get all Hannah-dramatic, but why God, why? When we last left our favorite 20-something foursome, Hannah was clutching an acceptance letter from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Jessa was flirting with sobriety, Shoshanna had spun into a Ray-filled rage, and Marnie was still lost in love. Will Hannah end up in a…

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