Trust Us, Read This: 12 New Books We Recommend This Month

Updated 05/04/19
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Best new books to read November 2018
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As soon as the temperatures drop, it's time to shelve those buzzy beach reads and reach for a fresh crop of page-turning novels. Given that there are enough new novels being published this month to keep even the most insatiable of readers busy through Thanksgiving, we're sharing an edited list of the highly anticipated books we're adding to our to-read piles as soon as they hit shelves this November.

Spanning a heart-wrenching collection of short stories from one of Japan's most notable young writers to a gripping Nigeria-set thriller that Paula Hawkins deemed "feverishly hot," these are the engrossing novels you need to stock your shelves with this month. Keep scrolling to find out which hot-off-the-press books we're reading this month.

Idra Novey Those Who Knew $26 $18
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On shelves: November 6

Arguably one of the most poignant books published this year, Idra Novey's Those Who Knew traces the crimes committed by a powerful man in a time of political upheaval on a fictional island that feels all too real. Named a must-read book by the likes of Vulture, HuffPost, and O, the Oprah Magazine, Those Who Knew undoubtedly belongs on your bookshelf this season.

Yukiko Motoya The Lonesome Bodybuilder $17 $12
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On shelves: November 6

This recently translated collection of short stories marks the English-language debut of one of Japan's most notable young writers, Yukiko Motoya. "Charming, bizarre, and uncanny, The Lonesome Bodybuilder is Etgar Keret by way of Yoko Ogawa," recommends Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties. "I'd follow Yukiko Motoya anywhere she wanted to take me."

Katrina Carrasco The Best Bad Things $27 $18
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On shelves: November 6

Set in 1887, a cross-dressing, bisexual, determined detective is on the hunt for stolen opium in this thriller. "Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout," recommends Publishers Weekly.

Lucia Berlin Evening in Paradise $26 $18
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On shelves: November 6

Comprised of 22 short stories, Evening in Paradise is the latest posthumous collection of acclaimed author Lucia Berlin's brilliant work. "One thing that makes Berlin so valuable is her gift for evoking the sweetness and earnestness of young women who fall in love," praises Dwight Garner of the incomparable writer in The New York Times.

Liane Moriarty Nine Perfect Strangers $29 $18
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On shelves: November 6

From the best-selling author of Big Little Lies, comes a new novel with just as many twists and turns about nine strangers who meet at a remote health resort. "A cannily plotted, continually surprising, and frequently funny page-turner and a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner," endorses Publishers Weekly.

Gina Apostol Insurrecto $26 $18
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On shelves: November 13

In Insurrecto, two women, a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, embark on a road trip through the Philippines, struggling to finish a film script about a massacre during the Philippine-American War. The brilliant novel plunges "us into the vortex of memory, history, and war where we can feel what it means to be forgotten, and what it takes to be remembered," recommends Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer.

Jonathan Franzen The End of the End of the Earth $26
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On shelves: November 13

Author Jonathan Franzen, a self-professed "angry bird-loving misfit," reflects on everything from his complex relationship with his uncle to the global seabird crisis in this series of essays. His signature combination of pessimism and wit will have you tearing through the pages of this collection as soon as you get your hands on it.

Michelle Obama Becoming $33 $20
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On shelves: November 13

To no one's surprise, Michelle Obama's highly anticipated memoir is already topping best-seller charts ahead of its November 13 publish date. Written by the former first lady and filled with thoughtful reflections on her life, it promises to be an inspiring, wisdom-filled tome for the remainder of 2018.

Anuradha Roy All the Lives We Never Lived $26 $18
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On shelves: November 20

Spanning from World War II India to modern-day Bali, All the Lives We Never Lived tells the compulsively readable tale of a son uncovering his long-lost mother's mysterious past. This devastating novel is "a beautifully written and compelling story of how families fall apart and of what remains in the aftermath," recommends Kamila Shamsie in The Guardian.

Laura Adamczyk Hardly Children $15 $11
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On shelves: November 20

In Laura Adamczyk's knockout collection of short stories, the perspective oscillates between adults living with childlike abandon and young people confronting with the dangers of growing up. Laura Pearson of Chicago Tribune calls the stunning collection "a striking blend of graceful sentences and eerie premises."

Oyinkan Braithwaite My Sister, the Serial Killer $23 $16
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On shelves: November 20

In My Sister, the Serial Killer, a Nigerian woman is forced to confront the fact that her sister has a bad habit of killing her boyfriends. Deemed "feverishly hot" by Paula Hawkins, the author of The Girl on the Train, Braithwaite's psychological thriller is a must-read. The pages practically turn themselves.

Mathias Énard Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants $20 $14
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On shelves: November 27

In Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants, French novelist Mathias Énard expertly pieces together a work of historical fiction on Michaelangelo's adventures in Constantinople. "In his fiction, Énard [constructs] an intricate, history-rich vision of a persistently misunderstood part of the world―mesmerizing," muses Jacob Silverman in The New Yorker.

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