It’s the first of the month, and you know what that means: a brand new spate of new literary releases to delve into. Not that we mind — the weather’s getting brisker (not to mention those snowstorms, NYC), and we really can’t think of anything better to do than to curl up with a cup of hot cider and a great novel (or memoir, or book of essays, or short story collection). Don’t be put off by the number of big names on our list this month — we like a struggling first novel as much as the next blog, but November is the month for publishers to pull out their big guns, and boy have they ever. Click through to see our list of ten must-reads coming out this month, and let us know which books you’re most psyched to dig into in the comments.
Blue Nights, Joan Didion (November 1)
Seeing as it’s probably the most hyped book of the month, we doubt we even have to tell you why you should be excited about Didion’s newest memoir. A heartbreaking portrait of loss from one of our most wonderful and powerful contemporary memoirists, Blue Nights is an ode both to Didion’s daughter, to her own grief, and to the senselessness and serenity of the never-ending cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death.