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18 new books to kick your November reading into gear.

Katie Yee

November 1, 2022, 4:44am

We’re starting the month off strong, with new books from Katherine Dunn, N.K. Jemisin, Franny Choi, Dorthe Nors, and more. Not to mention the celebrity book component: Bono, Bob Dylan, and Matthew Perry (whose memoir we might be looking forward to, but whose stance on Keanu Reeves we simply cannot condone).


Katherine Dunn, Toad

Katherine Dunn, Toad

“A gentle, funny, heartbreaking indictment of the naïve excesses of the 1960s and the testament of a woman who survived them.”

N.K. Jemisin, The World We Make

N.K. Jemisin, The World We Make

“This riveting and powerful urban fantasy duology is masterfully written.”

Ken Burns, Our America: A Photographic History

Ken Burns, Our America

“Burns’s distinctive photographic history, replete with illuminating backstories for every image, encompasses America’s multitudinous beauty and dynamism as well as its tragic failures to realize its ideals.”

Franny Choi, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On

Franny Choi, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On

“Franny’s full-length collection is so special, so thoughtful, and so exciting to read … An exquisite collection.”
–Book Riot

Joy Harjo, Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years

Joy Harjo, Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light
(W. W. Norton)

“[Harjo’s] poetry is light and elixir, the very best prescription for us in wounded times.”
–The Millions

Blair Braverman, Small Game

Blair Braverman, Small Game

“Propulsive and twisty, Small Game is a gripping thrill ride about human nature at its best and its worst.”

Percival Everett, Dr. No

Percival Everett, Dr. No
(Graywolf Press)

“A good place to begin finding out why Everett has such a devoted cult.”

Jerry Saltz, Art Is Life: Icons and Iconoclasts, Visionaries and Vigilantes, and Flashes of Hope in the Night

Jerry Saltz, Art Is Life

“There’s no one quite like Saltz … He’s the best art critic working today.”
–Shelf Awareness

Dorthe Nors, tr. Caroline Waight, A Line in the World: A Year on the North Sea Coast

Dorthe Nors, A Line in the World
(Graywolf Press)

“An intricate reckoning with a world that, despite our best attempts to tame it, remains elemental and wild.”

Claire Keegan, Foster

Claire Keegan, Foster
(Grove Press)

“A thing of finely honed beauty and cumulative power, a story that deals in suggestion, exactitude and telling detail.”
–The Observer

Matthew Perry, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir

Matthew Perry, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

“Perry opens a window into the mind of an addict, a place in which the struggle to get sober is a civil war and many battles are lost to relapse … candid.”
–Los Angeles Times

i want to die but i want to eat tteokbokki

Baek Sehee, tr. Anton Hur, I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki

“Honest and authentic throughout … A sincere attempt at self-discovery that will resonate with young people who suffer from similar forms of depression and anxiety.”
–Library Journal

Dionne Irving, The Islands

“An expansive collection of stories chronicling the Jamaican diaspora … Irving is at her best in odd, harsh moments.”

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Malcolm Gaskill, The Ruin of All Witches

“A brilliant, unforgettable portrait of a small, beleaguered community in New England.”
–The Times

Graeme Macrae Burnet, Case Study

Graeme McRae Burnet, Case Study

“If Burnet’s aim in writing Case Study was to force us up against the contradictions of our conflicted selves, he has surely succeeded. This is a novel that is entertaining and mindfully engrossing in equal measure.”
–The Guardian


Bono, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story

“He writes wittily about meeting future band mates (and wife) in school in Dublin … Chatty and self-regarding but pleasantly free of outright narcissism. A no-brainer for U2’s legions of fans.”

my first popsicle

Zosia Mamet, My First Popsicle

“In this nourishing collection, Girls star and Glamour columnist Mamet gathers food stories and recipes from an A-list cast of actors, comedians, musicians, and other celebrities … delectable.”
–Publishers Weekly

Bob Dylan, The Philosophy of Modern Song

Bob Dylan, The Philosophy of Modern Song
(Simon & Schuster)

“It’s part music-appreciation class, part podcast-style rant, and as unpredictable, cranky and largely engrossing as the man himself.”
–The Rolling Stone

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