Reese Witherspoon's Latest Read, and Five More Books We're Loving This Month

Reese Witherspoon's Latest Read, and Five More Books We're Loving This Month

Samantha Zabell
Mar 6, 2018
(Image credit: Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock)

For me, a new month means a new TBR pile, and I always look to my favorite bookworm, Reese Witherspoon, for what to add to my list. "Reese's Book Club," a community of almost 400,000 on Instagram, selects a new read each month and often brings in the author for exclusive interviews.

This month, Reese is reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, a novel she says "is a story about liberating women at every age, and empowering them to express their hopes, their dreams and what makes them feel good."

I'm so excited to join her on this read this month, but if this one isn't your style, there are plenty of other March releases to page through this month. Here are five more brand-new reads to add to your shelf.

Girls Burn Brighter, Shobha Rao ($16)

Poornima and Savitha are raised in rural India, and form a lasting friendship that has to survive despite arranged marriages and other painful circumstances. The two fierce young women draw you in with their resilience and hope, and their enduring bond will both inspire and break readers' hearts.

Awayland: Stories, Ramona Ausubel ($17)

When a book opens with a Cyclops filling out an online dating profile, you know the collection of stories will not disappoint. Ausubel's stories mix familiarity with weirdness, leaving room for concrete concepts we understand (family, love, finding home) to mix with more off-kilter themes, like ghosts and space travel, to create an exciting and heartwarming volume of stories.

The House of Broken Angels, Luis Alberto Urrea ($18)

This is the book you'll see on every Must-Read list this month—it's a rich portrait of the La Cruz family who celebrate both life and death in a single weekend, recounting the oft passed-down stories that make up the La Cruz's history, which is ultimately a window into the immigrant experience. Urrea, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, makes his 336-page book fly by with warm, loving characters and his multi-generational story of what makes a family.

Shrewed: A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women and Girls, Elizabeth Renzetti ($18)

March is Women's History Month, so this list wouldn't be complete without a book that looks at powerful women throughout history and how they've shaped the womanhood of today. Rinzetti, a seasoned reporter, builds on her own experience as well as other famous trailblazers, like Carrie Fisher, Hillary Clinton, to highlight the progress of the feminist movement and point to where our culture still needs to improve.

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting, Alanna Okun ($22.50)

Apartment Therapy readers know that a craft project or DIY reno is more than just a before and after story—there's something cathartic and uplifting about completing a project with your own two hands. Through her essays, Okun discusses her deep connection to crafting in a way that brings meaning to every handmade object, and will certainly inspire all of your future projects.

What are you reading this month? Tell us in the comments.

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