What Book Clubs Are Reading in May
11 books in list
Check out the French bestseller picked by Natalie Portman, the Indian epic that makes Oprah speechless and the buzzing new release selected by both Jenna Bush Hager and Roxane Gay.
You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A MemoirMaggie Smith
For her book club, author and bookfluencer Zibby Owens selected Maggie Smith's moving reflections on love, loss, and renewal in the aftermath of a failed marriage.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.Judy Blume
The View co-host Joy Behar selected Judy Blume's classic coming-of-age novel for her club, timed to the release of its film adaptation.
Moonrise Over New JessupJamila Minnicks
Glory Edim's selection for Well-Read Black Girl transports readers to 1950s Alabama, where a woman named Alice Young begins building a new life in a defiant all-black town resisting integration.
All God's Children Need Traveling ShoesMaya Angelou
Maya Angelou's memoir about her experience as a Revolutionary Returnee in Ghana was selected by rapper Noname's club, which amplifies the voices of people of color.
Before She SleepsBina Shah
Lilly Singh's pick is a chilling dystopian novel with Handmaid’s Tale vibes set in a repressive South Asian city where women are forced to take multiple husbands to bear daughters for local elites.
Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?Crystal Smith Paul
Reese Witherspoon selects a mysterious Hollywood saga filled with old-school Tinseltown glam and modern showbiz glitz. The book was endorsed by Taylor Jenkins Reid who says, "If you like Evelyn Hugo, you’re gonna want this one."
Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding)Laura Dern
Kaia Gerber's Book Club pick celebrates the bond between mothers and daughters through intimate conversations between Hollywood actor Laura Dern and her acclaimed actor mom.
The PostcardAnne Berest
Natalie Portman invites readers on this time-hopping saga about a Parisian woman’s bold attempt at rediscovering the lives of her relatives killed at Auschwitz.
The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)Abraham Verghese
Oprah's Book Club pick, written by a Stanford medical professor, follows three generations of a South Indian family cursed by drowning. Oprah praised the book as one of the best books she's ever read.
Chain Gang All StarsNana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Brutal prison death matches with spectators in a dystopian America bring attention to mass incarceration in Roxane Gay's Book Club and #ReadwithJenna pick.
Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)Douglas Stuart
Kicking off her book club in style, Dua Lipa's first selection is the Booker Prize-winning, heart-wrenching tale of a young boy's life in 1980s Glasgow.