Early in 2018, Jasmine Guillory's novel The Wedding Date brought romantic comedy back into the mainstream after a long (too long!) drought. Her popular follow-up, The Proposal, puts a freelance writer in the public spotlight when her boyfriend of only five months proposes to her via the scoreboard at a Dodgers game. When she turns him down, the backlash is out of control, even as she finds the one guy she actually might want to marry.
At the beginning of February, The Proposal was picked as a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick. And readers are already eagerly anticipating The Wedding Party, due out in July. While all three books are linked, any one can be read on its own.
Guillory tells us below about the books she's read and loved lately, ranging from novels to nonfiction.
Jasmine Guillory's Favorite Recent Reads
These three books are very different, but one thing they had in common was that once I started reading them, I couldn’t stop, and when I finished, I couldn’t stop telling everyone I knew to read them. —Jasmine Guillory
An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
This book deserves every accolade thrown at it, and then some. Celestial and Roy felt like people I knew, and I was wrapped up in their joy and struggle. It’s a story of race, love, loss, injustice, and America. It’s a masterpiece.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
I gasped over and over again while reading this book, just at the sheer chutzpah it took for Elizabeth Holmes to lie over and over again, and that so many people believed her lies. If you like stories about scams, and about how scams eventually get unraveled, dive into this book immediately. You won’t regret it.
Author photo by Andrea Scher.
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