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5 Celebrity Book Clubs You Can Actually Join

It’s still chunky sweater and thick socks weather, so really the only thing you should be doing (aside from deciding that it’s too cold to go to the gym) is curling up with a good book.

For those of you in need of reading recommendations, here’s five celebrities who have book clubs you can actually join — plus all the Jewish authors they’re into right now.

Lena Dunham

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If you’re a fan of Lena Dunham and aren’t subscribing to her feminist newsletter “Lenny Letter,” pause everything and go subscribe. Besides inspiring, thoughtful interviews and beautifully candid essays, you’ll get treated to Lit Thursday, which offers up what Dunham, and the rest of the editors, are reading. There’s true crime stories, memoirs, poetry, gothic romances and much more — basically anything to wet your book loving whistle.

Emma Watson

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There’s a lot of reasons to love Emma Watson. The fact that she started her own feminist book club is just one of them. Her first read was Gloria Steinem’s “My Life On The Road,” followed by Caitlin Moran’s “How To Be A Woman” and Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s “Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Sarah Michelle Gellar seems to be more of a summer book club type of person (meaning her recommendations only pop up during the warm months) but that doesn’t mean you can’t delve into her past book picks. Check out #smgbookclub on Instagram or Facebook, and you’ll get everything she’s reading — and bonus points that the pictures are always poolside, next to a tasty snack or include a seal of approval from Reese Witherspoon.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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If you’ve been missing Carrie Bradshaw in your life, we have some great news for you. Sarah Jessica Parker is chairing American Library Association’s new Book Club Central, which will recommend a book a month starting in June. If you want to get a feel for Parker’s recommendations ahead of time, she curated a list of her favorites here, which range from works by Joshua Ferris to Sheri Fink.

Emma Roberts

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Emma Roberts just started Belletrist, a new book club with monthly picks — and her first recommendation, Joan Didion’s South and West, comes complete with an exclusive author interview. Plus, in the past, Roberts has shared book recs from her co-star Jamie Lee Curtis (“Hold Still” by Sally Mann, “Honey Girl” by Lisa Freeman) so we’re even more on board.

Thea Glassman is an Associate Editor at the Forward. Reach her at [email protected]


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