November 2016 reading list: 9 books to read
New releases from Zadie Smith, Carrie Fisher, Michael Chabon, and more
Looking to cozy up inside with a sumptuous new read, or find a page-turner to bring with you on Thanksgiving vacation? We’ve got you covered: From YA to nonfiction, here are the books you have to read this November.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Nov. 1)
Fall in love with falling in love as the Everything, Everything author’s second book (already nominated for a National Book Award) tracks a single day in teen lovebirds’ Natasha and Daniel’s lives as they meet and slowly discover one another in what might be their only day together.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Nov. 8)
The Lunar Chronicles author’s latest YA fantasy tale takes on a new character that we’ve already met, but this time she’s the villain. In her standalone novel Heartless, Meyer tells the Queen of Hearts’ origin story from the perspective of teenager Catherine, who will go on to become decapitation-happy royalty in Alice in Wonderland.
Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers by Leslie Bennetts (Nov. 15)
Vanity Fair writer Bennetts delves into the highs and lows of Rivers’ impressive, groundbreaking career and tumultuous personal life in this new biography.
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Nov. 15)
Smith follows up 2012’s NW with Swing Time, the story of two brown girls who want to be dancers (though only one has the talent) as they grow up and grow apart. Sentence by sentence, Smith’s prose is as beautiful as ever.
Bellevue by David Oshinsky (Nov. 15)
Oshinsky — who won a Pulitzer Prize for his book on polio — unspools the history of one of America’s most fascinating hospitals, and in telling that tale, provides an intriguing and occasionally unsettling history of medicine itself. It’s a compelling read, albeit one that makes you wonder what medical mistakes we’re making now that we’ll look back at with disbelief later.
Settle for More by Megyn Kelly (Nov. 15)
The Fox anchor gets personal about her high-profile journalism career (and the orange-stained enemies she’s gained along the way) and private tragedies (like her father’s sudden death when she was a teenager). No matter your politics, Kelly’s story is sure to fascinate.
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Nov. 22)
The Star Wars icon compiles excerpts from the raw and meandering journals she kept during the filming of the first movie in 1977 — complete with behind-the-scenes revelations and what it was like growing up as Hollywood royalty.
Moonglow by Michael Chabon (Nov. 22)
We’ve been itching for the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s latest book since last year. Inspired by his grandfather’s actual deathbed tales (which he spun while hopped up on painkillers), Moonglow blends real history with speculative fiction as he investigates the origins of a company called Chabon Scientific Co. (To tide you over until the 22nd, check out some of the photos that inspired the book.)
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Nov. 29)
Johansen’s incredible fantasy trilogy comes to its long-awaited conclusion with The Fate of the Tearling — where we learn what will become of Queen Kelsea, Mace, and the mysterious Fetch after Kelsea surrendered her sapphires to the Red Queen at the end of the last book.