November Adult Picks

The weather is finally cooling off and the days are getting shorter, which means I get to indulge in one of my favorite activities: curling up under a warm blanket to read a good book. Bonus points if this includes a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider.

I have plenty of reading material to look forward to, it feels like I have a new hold coming in multiple times a week. While there are fewer books being released in November, the quality is just as high as October.

Here are my ten picks for November new releases:

aroundAround the World in Eighty Wines: Exploring Wine One Country at a Time by Mike Veseth (out November 1st)
I enjoy wine (provided it’s as sweet and fruity as possible), but I’ll admit I know next to nothing about it. Sometimes I even have to use google to remind me whether something is a red or a white. I’m hoping the travel oriented approach will help me get a little more educated on the topic.

undiscoveredThe Un-Discovered Islands: An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes by Malachy Tallack and Katie Scott (out November 7th)
This book is all about historical mistakes, specifically the islands we once thought were real, but now know are not. They had me at “for readers of… Atlas Obscura,” which I was downright obsessed with earlier this year.

promisePromise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden (out November 14th)
I have a full box of tissues ready for this memoir by former Vice-President Biden. It covers the year leading up to his eldest son’s death from a brain tumor, a year in which Biden had to balance his family responsibilities with his government duties. This is one I’ll have on hold as soon as I can.

cityThe City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (out November 14th)
I read a lot of non-fiction these days, but my first love will always be high fantasy. The City of Brass is just that, the first in a trilogy set in 18th century Cairo and featuring a con-woman protagonist that seems perfect for people like me, who grew up devouring Tamora Pierce’s medieval fantasies.

futureFuture Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (out November 14th)
I have heard many librarians, booksellers, and other bookish people sing Louise Erdrich’s praises, and her latest promises to be no different. It’s set on an Earth where humanity is involving backwards, with women giving birth to babies that seem more like primitive humans. It follows Cedar Hawk Songmaker, a young Ojibwe woman compelled to find her birth parents so that she can understand more about the history of both herself and her unborn child.

couldn'tI Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa by John Gibler (out November 14th)
It’s not quite out yet, but this book has already made Publishers Weekly’s list of the best nonfiction of 2017. Author John Gibler traveled to Mexico to get first person accounts of a 2014 incident in which Iguala police attacked 5 busloads of students, before abducting 43 of them, who were never seen again. It’s an event I’m not familiar with at all, but I’m looking to be better informed about world issues, so this seems like a good place to start.

bunkBunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young (out November 14th)
As fake news becomes more and more of an issue in the United States, librarians are the first line of defense. This book chronicles the history of hoaxes in America, which stretches from the Revolutionary War all the way to 2017.

becomingBecoming an Ally to the Gender Expansive Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers by Anna Bianchi (out November 21st)
Anna Bianchi draws on personal experience in this guide to understanding and respecting transgender and gender nonconforming children. In our daily lives, we all interact with transgender or gender nonconforming people, estimated to make up between 0.3% and 2% of the population. Biachi helps adults examine their own attitudes and assumptions so that they can best love and support the gender-expansive children in their lives.

dearDear Evan Hansen: Through the Window by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, & Justin Paul (out November 21st)
If you like Broadway musicals, you probably already know that Dear Evan Hansen won 6 Tony Awards this year, including Best Performance by a Leading Actor, and Best Musical. Through the Window is official behind the scenes book, and tells the musical’s story from its conception nearly a decade ago.

111111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss by Joe Distefano (out November 24th)
The 111 Places series might be some of the best travel books out there. I read their New York City guide earlier this year, and walked away with about a third of the sites mentioned bookmarked for further exploration. I look forward to seeing what they have to say about Queens.