Fiction, Non-Fiction

New This Month: November 2019

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the time the book comes out, I’ve most likely already read, and therefore forgotten, about it. My hope here is to a, share some exciting new titles with you, lovely book lovers and b, remind myself of all the books that will be arriving in the store this month! While the release dates are for US editions, most will be available internationally around the same time or shortly thereafter. In the USA, I recommend purchasing through IndieBound, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers before turning to major chains/online for your book buying needs.

I’ve chosen a collection of books in a variety of genres because I have a myriad of tastes and interests, hopefully one, or a few, will appeal to you! Reviews will be posted for some of the titles as they are released!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

  • Jet Girl by Caroline Johnson – I am low-key obsessed with this book. Caroline is one of the few women in the US who went to the Naval Academy and one of even fewer who fly on the fighter jets we deploy. Regardless of your thoughts on the military or politics, Caroline’s story puts you right on the aircraft carrier with her and it is a hard pounding read.
  • The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock – After watching and loving The Crown, I have become ever more fascinated with Princess Margaret and her friends. A fictionalized version of her life told from the perspective of one of the hangers on.
  • The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan – Everyone at the bookstore is a huge fan of Susannah Cahalan, ever since she did a virtual book club event for her memoir, Brain on Fire. This new book is a more deeply researched book, but it still has Susannah’s signature voice signing through.
  • Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade – A fun new fantasy, it is exactly as it promises: Lord of the Rings if Frodo died and Sam had to carry the ring. Oh wait, Sam did have to carry it. It’s a fun and enjoyable fantasy series.
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – Ah! It’s the follow up to The Night Circus! It’s not a sequel, but an equally atmospheric read that starts with books, pirates and magic. You can’t go wrong!
  • The Witches are Coming by Lindy West – A new essay collection from Lindy West! Still personal like her first collection, but this one is definitely much more topical and political.
  • Conversations with RBG by Jeffrey Rosen – I’ve found myself more and more drawn to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both as a personal hero and leader of women. To continue to read her own words has been so inspiring.
  • The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams – I know, it’s a romance book. But is it a super smart, super witty, super fun romance with well-rounded characters that fee like your best friends.

The Rest of November & December

  • Agent Jack by Robert Hutton – Spies are having a real moment in publishing right now and Agent Jack is one of the best spy/codebreaker books I’ve read since The Woman Who Smashed Codes.
  • The Season by Kristen Richardson – It’s a book about debutantes. There’s not really much more to say, except that it is absolutely fascinating. I thought it would be stuffy stories that were unrelateable for someone who never lived that kind of life, but it incredibly interesting.
  • Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks – I debated on this one. I read it in one sitting and really enjoyed the list format it’s written in, and our rep loved it. But there are definitely some instances of toxic masculinity. BUT. It is a book from the perspective of a man, written by a man, and I, as a woman, appreciate that viewpoint being different from my own. So, take a look at it if you find it interesting, and please don’t judge it based just on my thoughts.
  • The Women of Amy Sherman-Palladino by Scott Ryan – And now a dude writing about my favorite women. Which is pretty darn awesome. If you love Gilmore Girls, Bunheads and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, run out and buy this book as soon as it comes out, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Reading Quirks by The Wild Detectives – A fun gift book full of bookish cartoons that are just perfect for all book lovers! Fair warning, politics do come into play just a tiny bit.
  • The German House by Annette Hess – Part of Harper Collins’ new import imprint, The German House is a German novel now published in English. It’s the story of a young woman set in the immediate aftermath of WWII and the beginnings of the Cold War. It is a great story with a narrative not often seen in English language publications.

December 3rd is pretty much the last release date for the year here in the US so that things can get some buzz before the holidays. There’s a handful of books between then and Christmas, but I hope to get my January books shared with you right after Christmas so if anyone gets bookstore giftcards for the holidays, you’ll be all set!

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