Last February, Kim Kardashian teased that she was following in the footsteps of Oprah and Reese Witherspoon and starting her own book club. Alongside celebrity pals Jen Atkin and Chrissy Teigen, Kim announced the club would be reading Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie, which chronicles the author’s near-death experience.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 2, 2017
Cut to one year later, and Kim and company have finally finished the book, and even met with Eadie for a Q & A — which was shared on her app and TV show, natch. The bad news? Kim revealed this would be their first and last book. The Kardashian Book Klub was no more. But some of us haven’t given up hope, okurrrt?
So we’ve compiled a list of recommended reads for each member of the club, inspired by their interests and careers. After all, no one does a comeback quite like a Kardashian.
Check out our definitive list of ideal book club picks, below.
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Kim Kardashian: reality TV personality, and entrepreneur
Kim Kardashian Selfish
Whether you want to admit it or not, Kim Kardashian is a modern day icon of her own making. She has literally written the book on what it means to be a megastar in the social media era—so we think she might enjoy looking back at the lives of other famous ladies who found themselves constantly in the spotlight and under scrutiny.
My Story, Marilyn Monroe
In this touching autobiography, Monroe proves that she was much more than the vapid sex symbol she was often made out to be. Her writing is intelligent, vulnerable, and even poetic, and it’s both fascinating and heartbreaking to get a deeper glimpse into her Hollywood career and fraught marriages—which, if she lived today, may very well have been documented on reality TV.
The First Time, Cher
Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century, Sam Kashner
Kanye’s Valentine’s gift to Kim was an Instagram retrospective of famous celebrity couples through the ages, so we’re guessing Kimye would appreciate this scintillating examination of one of the most legendary Hollywood romances of all time.
Jen Atkin: celebrity hairstylist
In addition to being the celebrity hairstylist of the moment, Jen Atkin is also the founder and CEO of OUAI, a popular line of hair care products. We toyed with recommending books on entrepreneurship, but she seems to be doing pretty well for herself in that regard. So Atkin’s list seeks to bring her back to her roots — pun absolutely intended.
Entanglement: The Secret Life of Hair, Emma Tarlo
This book was written by a professor, but it’s anything but a dry, academic read. Tarlo explores the many meanings and uses of hair throughout the ages and across the globe. It’s an eye-opening look at something we take for granted, and even Atkin might learn something new about hair’s fascinating history.
Vidal Sassoon: How One Man Changed the World With a Pair of Scissors, Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon was basically the Jen Atkin of the 1960s and 70s, creating cutting-edge hairstyles for the biggest stars of the era, including Mia Farrow, Goldie Hawn, and Helen Mirren. His signature style? The bob, reimagined as a blunt, daring cut.
Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, Ayana Byrd
As a hair expert, it’s important that Atkin not only know how to style Black hair, but understand its political, cultural, and societal meaning. Byrd’s book covers topics such as why enslaved Black Americans used items like axle grease and eel skin to straighten their hair, how the Afro evolved from a “militant” style to a fashion trend, and the story behind white actress Bo Derek’s controversial cornrows (a style the Kim herself recently copied, to similar controversy). On second thought, Kim and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenners should definitely borrow this book after Atkin is done, and read up.
Chrissy Teigen: model and author of Cravings
In addition to being the Internet’s best friend, Chrissy Teigen is an avid cook who is serious about what she puts into her body (and, of course, what she feeds to of husband John Legend and their baby Luna). She worked her butt off to create her cookbook, Cravings, which mixes recipes for cheesy comfort foods with Thai dishes, inspired by her mom Pepper.
We think Teigen would appreciate this blend of memoirs and fiction, all centered around the act of cooking.
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton
Like Teigen, Gabrielle Hamilton‘s journey to culinary fame wasn’t expected or linear. It took 20 years for Hamilton to accept cooking as her one true passion, though she had always been inspired by the dishes her mother made. After deciding to become a professional chef, Hamilton opened Prune, an award-winning restaurant in New York.
Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquival
Known for its magical realism and poignant, romantic storyline, Laura Esquival‘s novel tells the story of Tita, who is forbidden to marry, instead charged with looking after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, who is entranced by the magical food she cooks. With a recipe at the beginning of every chapter, we think it would be hard for Teigen to resist this enchanting read.
My Life in France, Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme
Julia Child liked to eat as much as she loved to cook — something we know Teigen can relate to. Funny, warm, fascinating, and filled with descriptions of delicious French food and glamorous Parisian locations, this book is a must-read.
Whattaya say, Kimmy and krew?!?!?!