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Books Published in November

by | Dec 14, 2021 | News

‘Our Country Friends’ by Gary Shteyngart

From the author of the bestselling “Super Sad True Love Story” comes this story set in a country house during the pandemic, where eight friends from a wide range of backgrounds have gathered to quarantine for six months. Funny and touching and dealing with romance, betrayal, racism, identity and more, it’s already earning high praise from the literary world.

‘A Certain Appeal’ by Vanessa King

In her debut novel, King puts a fun, sassy spin on “Pride and Prejudice” with a rom-com set in the racy world of burlesque. Liz Bennet works in the corporate world by day and the clubs at night — which is where she meets Will Darcy and…well, Jane Austen fans can guess what happens next.

‘The Perishing’ by Natashia Deón

Part time-travel sci-fi, part historical fiction, part mystery, Deón’s novel follows a young Black woman who wakes up in 1930s Los Angeles with no memory of the past. As flashes of existing in different eras are unveiled, and believing she may be immortal, she embarks on a quest to discover her identity and why she’s been sent to her current time.

‘The Sentence’ by Louise Erdrich

The latest from Pulitzer Prize winner Erdrich (“The Night Watchman“) surrounds a haunted bookstore in Minneapolis during the time of the George Floyd protests and the pandemic, and the employee set on solving the mystery of the resident ghost during such a tumultuous time.

‘Just Haven’t Met You Yet’ by Sophie Cousens

Bestseller Sophie Cousens (“This Time Next Year“) returns with the sweet, funny story of Laura, a reporter on assignment in the Channel Islands who accidentally grabs the wrong bag at the airport. Upon inspecting its contents, she’s sure the owner is her dream man — and she’s on a mission to track him down.

‘Will’ by Will Smith

From West Philly kid to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to rap megastar to movie mogul, Smith shares an inside look at his storied life in this new memoir. Written with Mark Mason, it offers words of wisdom Smith has gleaned throughout his career and experiences.

‘Wish You Were Here’ by Jodi Picoult

The bestselling author (“Small Great Things“) returns with the story of a young art auction consultant who finds herself alone and quarantined in the Galapagos Islands after her surgical resident boyfriend cancels the trip to deal with the pandemic back in New York. From there, she enters new relationships and faces a not always pleasant journey of self-discovery.

‘The Sisters Sweet’ by Elizabeth Weiss

In this unique coming-of-age tale, two twin sisters, part of a conjoined twin vaudeville act, follow different paths when one runs away to become a star in Hollywood and the other stays with her parents, playing out the role of the dutiful daughter. Is she ready for her own second act?

‘Autopsy’ by Patricia Cornwell

Medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is back in Cornwell’s bestselling series, returning with her husband to a post-pandemic Virginia. Investigating both a possible serial killer and a top-secret national security case.

These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays. “Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming…

The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee

Adrian Montague has a bright future. The sole heir to his father’s estate, he is an up and coming political writer and engaged to an activist who challenges and inspires him. But most young Lords aren’t battling the debilitating anxiety Adrian secretly lives with, or the growing fear that it might consume him and all he hopes to accomplish…

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a deeply moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis. Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world…

You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. Mcmanus

Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out–he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed…

Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.

Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson

A visionary technothriller about climate change.This chilling, cyberpunk, dystopian Africanfuturist science fiction novel takes place in a not-so-future Nigeria and follows a woman with some machine body parts who refers to herself as “Artificial Organism.” One day, she goes to the market and everything goes wrong. She finds herself on the run across the deserts of Northern Nigera with a herdsman, while a transfixed nation watches her escape via livestream. Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world where the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics…

Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park

Sang Young Park is one of the best-selling new authors in South Korea, and he makes his English-language debut with the translation of his novel about a student dealing with life — and loneliness — in Seoul.

THE FOUR HUMORS BY MINA SECKIN

In this wry debut novel, a 20-year-old med student returns to her father’s home in Istanbul to grieve his passing. She watches a lot of Turkish soap operas with her grandma and seeks medicine for headaches but instead becomes obsessed with curing her self-diagnosed chronic illnesses through ancient medicine.

HOME READING SERVICE: A NOVEL BY FABIO MORABITO

In this novel, a man found guilty of a minor offense serves his one year of community service punishment by reading to older adults and people who are disabled. He’s 35, gets his license taken away and exists kind of aimlessly in Cuernavaca, Mexico until he unexpectedly finds purpose serving his punishment.

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