10 books to add to your reading list in November 2022

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10 November books for your reading list

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Critic Bethanne Patrick recommends 10 promising titles, fiction and non-fiction to consider for your November reading list.

There’s a highly anticipated book out this month, but Michelle Obama’s The Light We Carry doesn’t need any more hype. There are other books worthy of your attention, including outstanding reads by some acclaimed authors and an offbeat novel set in Kuala Lumpur, not to mention idiosyncratic volumes featuring Bob Dylan, Quentin Tarantino and Jerry Saltz on their respective areas of the speak music. films and visual arts.

FICTION

toad
By Katherine Dunn
MCD: 352 pages, $28
(Nov 1)

Cult author’s posthumously published novel Geek Love is about a group of friends at a small West Coast liberal arts school (Dunn went to Reed College). The middle-aged protagonist Sally Gunnar, whose hermit life is brightened by a goldfish and a toad, never attended this institution, but she once hung out with a group of hipster students whose unwitting privileges led them to cut themselves off from the world withdrew.

"Gilded Mountain" by Kate Manning

Gilded Mountain
By Kate Manning
Scribner: 464 pages, $28
(Nov 1)

Looking for a great historical novel to read by the fire? Manning’s second novel will scratch your itch. But remember, the author whose debut My Notorious Life was an unreservedly authentic portrait of a real-life abortion provider isn’t about comfort food: her story of a 19th-century woman struggling to make a livingAt the turn of the twentieth century, Colorado serves as further evidence of the impact of labor disputes, enslavement, misogyny, and greed throughout our history.

The Magic Kingdom
By Russell Banks
Button: 352 pages, $30
(Nov 8)

Harley Mann grew up in a Shaker community in Florida. Dictating his life story into a tape recorder, the now-aged man describes life with Elder John, his romance with a consumptive patient, and a decision he will make that will irrevocably change the local landscape. As always, Banks has an experienced hand at the helm, navigating readers between intricate plots and cultural touchstones.

"The Age of Farewells" by Li Zi Shu

(The Feminist Press at CUNY)

The Age of Farewells
By Li Zi Shu (translated by YZ Chin)
Feminist Press: 360 pages, $18
(Nov 8)

Forget the argument about the great American novel and consider whether The Age of Goodbyes is the great Malaysian novel; Li Zi Shu begins her debut on page 513, which refers to May 13, 1969, when post-election unrest brought the Southeast Asian country to majority rule. Shu’s intricate construction follows a character who is actually a protagonist in a novel being read by a teenager. It’s a high-wire act of metafiction, and it works.

Now is not the time to panic
By Kevin Wilson
Ecco: 256 pages, $28
(Nov 8)

Author of The Family Fang and Nothing to See Here, among others, Wilson just keeps getting better and changing things up, this time with a coming-of-age story set in 1990s Tennessee. Frankie and Zeke want to be artists; Trouble is, her method is driving madness in her sheltered city. Years later, a journalist’s investigation into the aftermath of Frankie’s own relationship to art threatens to be turned upside down.

nonfiction

The Philosophy of Modern Song
By Bob Dylan
Simon & Schuster: 352 pages, $45
(Nov 1)

66 essays, all about other people’s songs: if the Nobel laureate rock icon had noticed otherwise, Robert Zimmerman would have honored his ancestors, honored his contemporaries and acknowledged the future (albeit in his inimitable, feverishly dreamy way). Jimmy Wages’ “Take Me From This Garden of Evil”, The Who’s “My Generation”, Marvin Gaye’s “War” and Linda Ronstadt’s “Blue Bayou” are just a few he has watched and celebrated.

"Art is life: Icons and iconoclasts, visionaries and vigilante groups and glimmers of hope in the night" by Jerry Saltz

Art is life: Icons and iconoclasts, visionaries and vigilante groups and glimmers of hope in the night
By Jerry Saltz
Riverhead: 368 pages, $30
(Nov 1)

Everyone on Twitter wants to connect with Saltz, perhaps our most famous living art critic (RIP, Peter Schjeldahl), a man whose assessment of his own past as a “failed artist” gives him the great humor that pervades his recordings. Whether it’s looking at a little-understood painter from history or judging what’s new and controversial, Saltz manages to convey his belief that art contains stories and that storytelling is the stuff of life. Like the man himself, his philosophy is timeless.

speculation in the cinema
By Quentin Tarantino
Harper: 400 pages, $35
(Nov 1)

Tarantino’s first non-fiction book delves deep into the films that influenced him. Not surprisingly, given its age and highly allusive style, these are films from the 1970s, including The Getaway (Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah are on the cover) and many other classics. The acclaimed director finally carries out his threat to become a film critic, combining personal passion with expertise from an author’s perspective.

"Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A reminder of food, fat and family" by Rabia Chaudry

Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A reminder of food, fat and family
By Rabia Chaudry
Algonquin: 352 pages, $29
(Nov 8)

Chaudry, the “Undisclosed” podcast host and attorney credited with freeing “Serial” subject Adnan Syed, keeps her keen eye on her lifelong struggle with weight. It started when her family moved to the United States from Pakistan when Chaudry was a toddler; Her mother filled her bottles with half and half and allowed her to chew on sticks of butter. But it didn’t end when she rediscovered healthier foods. Funny, smart and moving, this is a book for anyone with physical issues.

The Forever Witness: How DNA and Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder
By Ed Humes
Dutton: 384 pages, $28
(Nov 29)

Pulitzer Prize-winner Humes (“Burned,” “Mean Justice”) explores how genealogy combined with DNA analysis solved the 1980s murder of a young couple, Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook, in Washington state . But in describing the steps that led to a conviction, he also raises questions about privacy: who owns genetic material and when should it even be admitted into evidence?

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