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  • - Hi, I'm Reese and this is my

  • Harper's Bazaar cover shoot.

  • How the Sunshine Book Club was sort of born

  • out of me just posting books that I liked on Instagram.

  • I started a production company seven or eight years ago

  • that was trying to create projects

  • more projects that had roles for women in them.

  • I've always really gravitated towards female authors

  • and women at the center of novels,

  • so I started optioning some of them

  • and turning them into movies.

  • And then I just starting sharing all the books that I read

  • 'cause I read a lot.

  • And I love the effect that it has on the authors.

  • That's really cool.

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  • It's real exciting.

  • Particularly, like, we have one author Delia Owens

  • who's in her 70s and it's her first fictional novel.

  • It's called Where the Crawdads Sing

  • and it's just become this huge book

  • and she's sold over a million copies

  • and we're turning it into a movie.

  • And it's just one of those really exciting,

  • once in a lifetime opportunities that, yeah,

  • it's very fulfilling.

  • One book that we're adapting right now

  • is so exciting to me is Daisy Jones and the Six.

  • It sort of feels like a VH1 Behind the Music

  • about this girl's life and how she joins this band

  • and they create this super group

  • and the most amazing album of all time,

  • but then it's the only time that they make an album.

  • And it's just that kinda sexy, 70s world filled

  • with rock 'n roll and it's just a really cool project

  • and I'm really excited we're doing that.

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  • There's a book I love called From Scratch by Tembi Locke.

  • And it's a beautiful love story.

  • A woman from Texas goes to Italy

  • and meets this incredible chef.

  • It's a true story.

  • They have a kid, they fall in love, they get married and

  • something tragic happens.

  • Tembi tells her own story in the most beautiful words.

  • And so, I love that book.

  • Check it out.

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  • The book that made me laugh out loud in public.

  • Anything by David Sedaris.

  • I think he's so funny.

  • I love Calypso.

  • I love all of Nora Ephron's books.

  • Heartburn, I Feel Bad about my Neck, I Remember Nothing.

  • Particularly as a woman, you know, coming of age

  • and learning about what it means to be a woman

  • who walks through the world.

  • She tells stories about motherhood and aging

  • with such humor and self-deprecation,

  • I just think it's a must read.

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  • I would probably say the book that I am desperate to read

  • a sequel to is The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

  • It's a book I read when I was in high school

  • and it's about kids in college

  • and they have this crazy, wild night out

  • and something happens and one of them dies.

  • It's really atmospheric and you find out

  • the most thrilling plot twist in the last ten pages,

  • so I always wondered what happened to those kids,

  • so maybe Donna knows.

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  • Well, anything by Jon Meacham or David McCullough,

  • they're the foremost historians about American history

  • and I think if you can throw in there,

  • you know, you heard them on PBS talking about their book

  • that's really helpful, too.

  • So, anything by Jon Meacham, anything by David McCullough,

  • anything dealing with the Revolutionary War,

  • I think that's a good one to call out.

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  • I think the book that had the biggest impact on my life

  • was Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

  • It's the first book that I optioned to turn into a movie

  • that I was producing and starring in.

  • And I was really nervous and I asked Cheryl

  • if it would be okay to option her book

  • but I didn't really have a track record as a producer,

  • but she took that leap of faith with me

  • and I'll be forever grateful.

  • And I love that movie.

  • I love the themes of women versus nature

  • and the idea that at the end of it,

  • she ends up with no man, no money, no job, no parents

  • and it's a happy ending.

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- Hi, I'm Reese and this is my

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Reese Witherspoon Talks Favorite Books, Hello Sunshine, and Starring in "Wild" | Harper's BAZAAR

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