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It's hard to believe November has shown up on our doorstep — although, to look outside in New York City, it would be hard to know at a glance that we are firmly entrenched in fall. This isn't "cozy up in a cafe with a good book" weather so much as it is a good time to consider spending a long afternoon in the park with your favorite book. (Who knows? You might even be able to leave a jacket at home.)
Weather aside, there are plenty of new titles worthy of your list this month, so wherever you wind up reading, you'll be in good company. Swing Time — Zadie Smith's highly-anticipated new novel — is finally hitting bookshelves on November 15. The story of two young women whose lifelong friendship falls apart in their twenties, this book also digs into themes of heritage and inequality — not to mention the very specific and sometimes explosive kinship between two women over time. Another big name book this month is Moonglow, by Michael Chabon, a beautiful homage to the lives the author's grandparents lived, and a nuanced history lesson that winds its way to the present day.
If you're itching for nonfiction, there's certainly some of that, too. (Elena Ferrante fans — I suspect you'll find yourself especially pleased.) Personally, I'm excited to tune out technology and spend some quality time with April Ayers Lawson's Virgin and Other Stories, a short story collection that had me hooked before I even cracked the spine. The title story is a haunting exploration into a marriage that's not exactly loveless but ... Well, I won't spoil it for you. My recommendation: Read Virgin — and the rest of these picks — for yourself.
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