“Daisy Jones & The Six”: March’s Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick for the month of March is “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Reid’s novel is also the number one book on the March 2019 Indie Next List.

“Daisy Jones & The Six” is a mock-oral history that recounts the tale of a 1970s rock band. This book is perfect for anyone who grew up on a steady diet of VH1’s “Behind the Music.”  Although the book is a novel, what happens in it feels not just plausible but downright realistic.

“Daisy Jones & The Six” comes out March 5th.

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“The Proposal”: February’s Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club selection for February is “The Proposal” by Jasmine Guillory, which was also a November 2018 Indie Next List selection.

”The Proposal” is a book about a woman who was ambushed by a Jumbotron proposal at a Dodgers game by her boyfriend of five months who can’t spell her name right and the guy who swooped in to help her out of the situation.

Author Jasmine Guillory also wrote the 2018 novel “The Wedding Date” (no connection to the movie with Debra Messing/Dermot Mulroney….or was it Dylan McDermott?  🤔).

If you use the coupon code SWITCH, you can get “The Proposal” audiobook and two other audiobooks for free with a paid membership to Libro.fm.

Tiny Book Summary: “Dreyer’s English” by Benjamin Dreyer

Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer Title: Dreyer’s English Author: Benjamin Dreyer, Random House Copy Chief Genre: Reference, Writing, Style Manual

Publication Date: 1/29/2019 Formats: Print, eBook, and Audiobook Summary: This is an entertaining guide to writing better.  Dreyer has found a way to make reading about grammar and style interesting.  Rather than just state the rules or standards, Dreyer explains why the goal is clear writing and how following (or ignoring) a rule can get you to that goal. Key Takeaways:

  • It’s worthwhile to get the printed book and the audiobook. The print version is a wonderful style manual while the audiobook is far more entertaining.
  • Style manuals are usually as dry as they are boring. “Dreyer’s English” is a welcome exception to that rule.
  • “Dreyer’s English” is a perfect graduation gift.  I also think that it should be required reading at all law schools, but I might be biased.
  • Dreyer supports the series/serial/Oxford comma but isn’t Team Two-Spaces After a Period. Which will make for some pretty interesting Twitter battles among writing enthusiasts.

Review Material Sources: Advance Review Copies provided by NetGalley and Libro.fm

Tiny Book Summary: “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

Genre: Domestic Fiction

Publication Date: 2/06/2018

Plot Summary: A newlywed couple’s life is derailed when the groom is falsely accused of sexual assault. The novel examines the effect incarceration has on the person who is detained and on the people who care about him.

  • The narrative style is like an interview or a series of journal entries from the characters in the book.
  • The book gives fresh insight on the effects of wrongful convictions and mass incarceration.
  • Jones does an excellent job of exploring how different characters react to the situation.

Things to consider while reading the book:

  • Is there a good guy or a bad guy in this book?
  • Does every book need a good guy or a bad guy?
  • Does every marriage have a good guy and a bad guy?
  • What questions is Jones asking about marriage?
  • What questions is Jones asking about race in the United States?
  • What questions is Jones asking about the American criminal justice system?