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14 Books to Read in November

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14 Books to Read in November

Whether you need a pulse-pounding page-turner to keep you awake on your commute, or you're looking for a memoir to curl up with while hiding from relatives over Thanksgiving, here are the 14 books at the top of our November must-read list.

Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

This memoir by the former Vice President of the United States charts the events of one deeply challenging year. As his son Beau fought and lost his life to a brain tumor, Biden's career was at its most demanding. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 14)

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Master storyteller Erdrich conjures a terrifying version of our world in which evolution has started to turn backwards, as women begin giving birth to primitive species of humans, and Congress, in turn, have taken to putting pregnant women in confinement. As the world turns upside-down, Cedar, 32 years old and four months pregnant, searches for her Ojibwe birth mother to see if she can find any answers there to help save herself and her unborn child. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 14)

Artemis by Andy Weir

The Martian author's latest will still take you away from Earth, but not quite so far this time: Artemis is set in the first town on the moon, and follows a snarky smuggler named Jazz who gets embroiled in a high-stakes heist. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 14)

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

A companion — but not quite a sequel — to last year's Furthermore, Whichwood follows the bereft Laylee, whose mother died and whose grief-stricken father went crazy. Now, Laylee is the only "mordeshoor" left in her village, and she alone is tasked with caring for the bodies of the dead and ensuring they can make their way to the afterlife. But when some curious strangers arrive, Laylee's healing process begins. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 14)

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza

You might be familiar with former White House photographer Souza from his popular Instagram account, on which he posts adorable throwback photos of President Barack Obama that often relate to the news of the day. In Obama: An Intimate Portrait, many of those stunning photos and more — some never before published — are collected. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 7)

Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

Visitation Street author Pochoda weaves together the stories of six Los Angeles misfits whose lives intertwine when a teen who escapes his father's shady commune sets a chain of events into motion. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 7)

Freya by Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn begins his historical novel in May of 1945, with the streets of London alive in celebration. From there, the author untangles the fascinating, luminous story of a decades-long friendship between two women, interrogating gender roles and expectations with a masterly human touch. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 7)

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

When Jack Reacher's curiosity is piqued by a small West Point class ring he sees in a pawn shop — he sets out to find its owner and, of course, finds something a lot more sinister than he anticipated. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 7)

Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls

This unforgettable novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife who enters into an intimate relationship with a monster on the run who may or may not be a figment of her imagination, was originally released in 1982. It’s now being reissued—be sure to check out this searing masterpiece if you haven’t. Pre-order the new edition here. (Nov. 28)

The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch

The White Oleander author's first novel in a decade — set during the Russian Revolution — is the coming-of-age story of Marina Makarova, who abandons her privileged life to join the uprising, where she falls in love with a charismatic young poet. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 7)

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville

John Banville, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea, offers a thrilling, audacious experiment in Mrs. Osmond. The book expands the story of Isabel Archer, heroine of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, going in surprising new directions as it traces her reluctant return to Italy. Pre-order it here. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 7)

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter 

Krysten Ritter’s auspicious debut novel is a coming-home story in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, but with a delicious twist. Young lawyer Abby returns to her rural hometown of Barrens but must balance the uncovering of old local wounds and secrets with her desire to expose a corporate conspiracy. 

Catalina by Liska Jacobs

Fired after having an affair with her married boss, Elsa heads to Catalina Island with the group of college friends she'd lost contact with (her childhood friend and her husband, and Elsa's own ex-husband). But while the pals think she's just ready for a vacation, all Elsa wants to do is become a whirlpool of self-destruction, pulling the others into her dangerous path as well. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 7)

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles author leaves fairy tales behind and instead imagines a place where gifted superheroes called Renegades fight for power against supervillains. The twist? The vengeful orphaned heroine, Nova, isn't one of the good guys — but her new crush seems to be. Pre-order it here. (Nov. 7)
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