Is it a drizzly November in your soul? Don’t worry, we feel it, too. Thankfully, November is a pretty great month for books — and especially, as it turns out, for books of essays. It’s also the launch of the awards season in literary publishing, so there are plenty of big-name novels and new discoveries to be had. Ever read Denis Johnson? Richard Ford? Meline Toumani? If not, then hopefully we can introduce you.
Meline Toumani, There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond (November 4)
The wounds of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in 1915 still linger — for reporter Toumani, growing up in New Jersey, her community shunned Turkish products and Turkish restaurants. Wanting to understand this tortured legacy, Toumani moved to Istanbul and investigated the roots of this tension. The results are an extraordinary portrait of Turkish society. — Elisabeth Donnelly