Sarah Jessica Parker (also known as SJP) played a writer on the longstanding hit series Sex and the City, but in real life, she’s a voracious reader. Her love for books led her to become both an editorial director for her own imprint, SJP for Hogarth, and an honorary chair of Book Club Central for the American Library Association. Books are clearly an important part of her life, and—luckily for us—she regularly shares her favorite picks on Instagram.
Relaxing on the beach with a glass of wine is always good fun, but it’s not complete without a good book. SJP pairs her tranquil surroundings with Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn, part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.
Rainy days can be a downer, but SJP manages to make the best of them. While drawing and putting together puzzles with her kids, she also takes time to read Night Thoughts by Wallace Shawn and The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon.
It’s official. “No One is Coming to Save Us” by Stephanie Powell Watts is our inaugural title for ALA #bookclubcentral. Start reading. Join the conversation. Details and dates to follow. Go to your local library, support your local book seller, visit bookclubcentral.org and enjoy this great summer read. X, Sj
Excited for the launch of her first title for the ALA Book Club Central, SJP poses with her pick: No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts.
With so many great books out there, it can be tough to choose just one to read next. SJP set aside Hourglass by Dani Shapiro, Sergio Y. by Alexander Vidal Porto, and Exit West by Moshin Hamid for some upcoming pleasure reading.
For SJP, finding the downtime to sink into books she loves—like Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply—means squeezing page-time between takes on set and her commute to work. (The latter, we get. The former, not so much.)
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David Letterman leaving Late Night was a huge blow to many of his fans. To make up for missing him on her television, SJP read his biography by Jason Zinoman, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.
We’re digging SJP’s set chair, personalized for her character Frances on HBO’s Divorce. Her copy of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe adds the perfect finishing touch.
SJP’s work for the American Library Association isn’t an empty title—she actually loves spending time at her local library. While her first-choice book, Little Women, was checked out, she was still happy to bring home The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
While she usually sticks to novels, SJP also loves a good cookbook. Here, she shares one for fellow meatloaf fans: A Meatloaf in Every Oven by journalists Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer.
Nothing thrills us more than unexpected book mail, and it seems like SJP would agree. Look how excited she is to show off a copy of The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino.
Sometimes the hardest part of reading a great book is realizing it’s almost over—as SJP realized when she neared the final pages of The Nix by Nathan Hill.
The best kind of friends are the ones who recommend books. SJP might have been behind the curve in reading Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth—recommended by Amy Sedaris—but she certainly didn’t let that stem her praise for the book.
While some of us might plan what food we’re eating for each meal, SJP picks what books she’ll devour for each meal. Today’s menu? The Mothers by Brit Bennett, Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, and The Gilded Rage by Alexander Zaitchik.
Available August 9th. Tim Duggan Books. A book and tale to be reckoned with. Ms. McInerney should pull up a seat next to McPherson, McCann, McCourt and all the Irish greats. I gobbled this up and mourned the last page. Completely fulfilling, devastating and perfectly captures life in the city of Cork. “Fecking” Brilliant. X, SJ #sjpbookclub
SJP is a big fan of The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. She even considers the author one of the great Irish authors—high praise, indeed.
Ever have that moment when you’re so invested in a book, you can’t do anything until you’re finished? SJP was so invested in Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, she sent out a public call for silence. We got you, girl.
My book club books don’t usually coordinate so perfectly. It’s as if the authors had planned it. But all that matters is what’s happening between the covers, as they say. 2 magnificent and wonderfully different adventures in reading. Both Mr. Colson’s “The Underground Railroad” from Doubleday and Mr. Towles “A Gentleman In Moscow” from Viking available in September 2016. Reserve from your library now or check in with your local bookseller. On to the next. X, sj #sjpbookclub
The ultimate downer of being a book-lover? Running out of shelf space. Luckily for SJP, she had room to add more to house her ever-growing book collection. Among the titles, we spy Evicted by Matthew Desmond, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I Almost Forgot About You by Terri McMillan, and Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.
Things to do to pass the time before Friday night’s PA at @ultabeauty in Edgewater, NJ. Re-read Catcher in the Rye. Finalize holiday gift list. Get Tabitha needle threader. Encourage JW to finish his “letter to Santa” asap! Find out from Mommy if she still soaks her whites in hot soapy water. Get baker’s string for Loretta for shell necklaces. Fill the tank on the minivan. It’s got to get me across the river. Head to @sjpbeauty for the details. X, Sj
You would think the person behind ultimate glamor-girl Carrie Bradshaw would be picky about where she reads, but SJP is perfectly happy sitting on the floor while reading Salinger’s classic The Catcher in the Rye.
Just as beautiful as the towers that create the skyline of NYC… Books are our companions in adventure and help create a connection to others, near by and far away. And I’ve never left home without one. It’s now my great privilege to share and expand my love of literature with all of you, no matter where you call home. To learn more about my new imprint with Hogarth and to follow along with what I’m reading, visit sjpforhogarth.com and use #SJPBookClub. Happy reading. X, Sj
To share the exciting news of her new imprint, SJP made a beautiful tower of books to photograph before the NYC skyline.
It was a worthwhile wait for Robert Gottlieb’s Avid Reader. Perhaps the memoir’s title reminded SJP of herself?
Traveling across the world can be a tiring process. Fortunately for SJP, she had Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch in tow to make the voyage pass by.
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