Winter might be knocking on the door, but November is one of the hottest months for new releases. On to the highlights:
--One of the most anticipated memoirs of recent times finally hits shelves November 13. Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming, part of a reported $65 million dollar deal that also includes a memoir by the former President (no word yet on a release date for his book). Given the challenge of recouping such a huge advance, expect to see this hyped just about everywhere.
--If you like your history a bit closer to home, Madison’s own Stuart Levitan continues adding to his survey of the city’s history. Madison in the Sixties covers that particularly fraught decade, encompassing urban renewal, an expanding University, protests, riots and pivotal civil rights landmarks, all of which made a lasting impact on the city’s identity. Look for this illustration-heavy title on shelves late in November.
--It wouldn’t be November without some familiar names on the bestseller list. Look for new releases from Louise Penny (Kingdom of the Blind), Janet Evanovich (Look Alive Twenty-Five), Lee Child (Past Tense) and Liane Moriarty (Nine Perfect Strangers). Perennial favorite David Baldacci introduces a new character, FBI agent Atlee Pine haunted by the disappearance of her twin in childhood in Long Road to Mercy; it appears mid-month.
--Long suffering Game of Thrones fans get an additional chapter in their beloved series, although it isn’t the long-awaited newest chapter in A Song of Ice and Fire. Instead, George R. R. Martin gives fans a prequel with Fire and Blood, set several centuries prior to the events in GoT. The first volume in a projected two-volume history, it appears November 20th.
--Notable literary offerings this month appear from Jonathan Letham (The Feral Detective), the late Lucia Berlin (Evening in Paradise: More Stories), and noted Chinese author Yu Hua (The April 3rd Incident). Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut My Sister, the Serial Killer is getting a lot of positive buzz for its sardonic spin on psychological suspense, while Katrina Carrasco’s debut The Best Bad Things is earning praise for its blend of historical crime with a queer narrative.
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