ALL THE NEW BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ THIS NOVEMBER!
- •Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille PaganIn a self-deprecating and funny and brave way, Libby Miller abandons her life in Chicago when her doctor tells her she has cancer and her husband confesses he’s gay. More than just a cancer narrative, Life and Other Near Death Experiences is a story about seizing life and ditching what others expect of you. It will make you laugh. It will make you ugly cry. And it will make you want to live your own life to its greatest potential.
- •Year of Yes by Shonda RhimesGoddess of Thursday nights, Shonda Rhimes is a human woman we all should look up to. Because she does it all —juggles a demanding job, creates thought-provoking narratives that are not only entertaining but spark much-needed conversations about diversity and normalization. How does she do it all? She explains in Year of Yes, in which she confesses up to this point she’s been afraid of so many things, she’s willing to throw out the word “no” in order to push herself out of her comfort zone.
- •The Mare by Mary GaitskillLucky us, Mary Gaitskill and her brilliant brain has given us another beautiful novel to devour. The Mare tells the story of Velveteen Vargas, a Fresh Air Fund tween being raised by a shaky artist and man who seems to view her care-taking as a socioeconomic experiment. The novel follows Velveteen and her life with this couple —and it’s stunning, and fiery, and lovingly crafted.
- •All the Houses by Karen OlssonHelen Atherton lives in Los Angeles, desperately trying to “make it” in Hollywood while living with a shadow: her father. A man who was deeply involved with the Iran-Contra scandal when Helen was a child, Helen’s father’s past actions continue to affect her in her adulthood. When she has to return back to Washington D.C. to care for him after he has a heart-attack, she runs smack dab into the past that is her childhood home —and all the memories trapped within it.
- •Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise ParkerIf you watched Weeds, you probably fell in love with Nancy Botwin, played by Mary-Louise Parker. She was selfish, funny, smart, beautiful, impulsive. She made running an illegal weed distribution business look like the most fun time. Well, the woman who embodied your weed-selling crush has written a book and it is amazing. In Dear Mr. You, Parker puts together all the letters she’s written to the men in her life. Her grandfather, a priest, boyfriends. It’s all there. It’s dynamite.
- •Ball by Tara IsonSet mostly in Los Angeles, Ball is a collection of stories about desire. Twisted, dark, and wild, the stories in Ball focus on characters seeking love, adventure, and attention that is deeply intense and crushing. Ison, who has also written Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies and A Child Out of Alcatraz, is a talented writer who may have slipped under your radar. Be prepared to become obsessed.