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What Book Clubs Are Reading in April

From a New Zealand Noir page turner to a poet’s offbeat religious memoir to a popular poverty polemic, here's a rundown of the titles making waves on this month's book club circuit.
Tertulia •
Apr 4th, 2023

Natalie's Book Club

Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur

Banned in Iran shortly after its publication in 1989, Natalie Portman's latest pick explores female liberation through the interwoven lives of five female characters living together on the outskirts of Tehran. Portman called the novel a “masterpiece [that] explores feminism, sexuality, and friendship with such care, humor, and ingenuity. It’s a little bit mythic and magical and it will arm us all with a better understanding of life in Iran.”

Between Two Books

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

This spring, Florence Welch invites her book club members to explore a darkly comical memoir about a poet’s offbeat religious upbringing in the American Midwest. The lit-loving indie rocker couldn’t get enough of the book’s “unforgettable family, with an eccentric yet extremely conservative Catholic priest of a father at its head (often seen playing the guitar in his underwear when not preaching sermons).”

Kaia Gerber's Book Club

In Memoriam: A Novel by Alice Winn

Kaia Gerber's latest book club selection is a gripping tale of forbidden wartime love set on the battlefields of World War I. Via Instagram, the bookish fashionista confessed that she devoured the book "through tears and tenderness."

Reese's Book Club

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

For April, Reese turns to a bestselling author’s SNL sendup about a lovestruck comedy writer who gets her dating worldview flipped upside down. On Instagram, the Oscar-winning actor and producer hinted at a mind-blowing denouement in part two of this “sweet, smart read.” 

Well-Read Black Girl

Chrome Valley: Poems by Mahogany L. Browne

The Brooklyn-based literary club founded by Glory Edim celebrates National Poetry Month with a lyrical ode to Black womanhood from the Lincoln Center's first ever poet-in-residence. 

Lilly's Library

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

For the past year, actor and comedian Lilly Singh has been hosting a book club featuring South Asian writers. As her club reconvenes this month, the YouTube Superwoman presents a New Zealand noir thriller about a missing socialite set in a moneyed Kiwi enclave. 

Jamie Oliver's Cookbook Club

Africana by Lerato Umah-Shaylor

The Naked Chef’s April pick features 288 flavor-packed pages “celebrating the vibrant and varied cuisines from across the African continent,” with mouth-watering dishes like Tunisian Tagine, South African Malva Pudding — plus the secret to a beloved West African classic. 

The Audacious Book Club

Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond

This month, bestselling writer and social critic Roxanne Gay chose a book that, despite its difficult subject matter, has developed nearly viral appeal over the past few weeks. She will lead her club members in a discussion of this landmark examination of poverty in America that explores the role that many of us play in perpetuating poverty, despite professing a sincere concern about the issue.


Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling

“You’ve never been anywhere like the world Michelle created,” gushed Jenna Bush Hager about this dystopian feminist thriller set in a remote Canadian territory during a climate-ravaged future. “It is action-packed. I read it so fast. My sister did, too. You are going to love it.”

Zibby's Book Club

Burst by Mary Otis

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

The NYC-based bookfluencer, podcaster and publisher chooses two books for her club each month: one published by Zibby Books and one that is not. This month her selections are Burst, a heart-wrenching debut novel about a talented dancer’s fraught relationship with her alcoholic mom, as well as Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist, Rebecca Makkai's literary whodunit.  

Oprah's Book Club

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Oprah cautions readers to keep their Kleenex handy for her 100th book pick since starting the club, a sweeping family saga inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women set in the media icon's beloved Second City. 

Read with NBF

The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

In April, the National Book Foundation delves into a critically-adored debut novel about the residents of a decaying Midwestern apartment complex that the judges called “beautiful, biting, darkly comic, and provocative.” This raw portrayal of modern American life was the recipient of the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction.

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