Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

These Are Our Top Reads Out In November

  1. Begin

    SHARE IT

    comments
    See All Slides
    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.



    Begin Slideshow
  2. Photo: Courtesy of Europa Editions.

    SHARE IT

  3. Photo: Courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

    SHARE IT

  4. Photo: Courtesy of Amulet Books.

    SHARE IT

  5. Photo: Courtesy of New Directions.

    SHARE IT

  6. Photo: Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

    SHARE IT