It's an oldie but a goodie. 

By Elizabeth Sile
November 07, 2017

In the four months since Reese Witherspoon has been formally recommending books on her Instagram book club community, she's stuck to new releases like Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng in September and The Alice Network by Kate Quinn in July.

But for her November pick, Reese opted instead for an older book: Ann Patchett's 2013 collection, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ($10.50; amazon.com). 

 

Patchett's beloved previous novels include Bel Canto, Commonwealth, Run, and State of Wonder. In This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Patchett compiled more than 20 previously published essays from magazines including Seventeen (where she worked for nearly a decade), Outside, Gourmet, and more. She talks about Parnassus Books, the Nashville bookstore she opened in 2011 with co-owner Karen Hayes, in "The Bookstore Strikes Back" and details her love of dogs in "This Dog's Life." And as the name of the book implies, Patchett delves into not only her tumultuous first marriage, at 24, and subsequent divorce, at 25, but also her finding love for a second time. 

Old and new Patchett readers will love her insightfulness and approachability. "This collection of essays explores what it means to have friends, fall in love, struggle, succeed, and, most importantly, meet the right dog," the actress wrote about her selection on Instagram.

If you haven’t already, follow the @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine on Instagram for all things Reese Witherspoon Book Club. As she has done with past book recommendations, Witherspoon will likely post original content and author interviews later this month. 

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