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The end of the year is fast approaching; it’s difficult to believe that November is almost here. But with this crisp fall month comes a great group of new releases, books that you won’t be able to wait to get your hands on. We’ve got all kinds of interesting reads to recommend for this month, from underground food culture (did you even know there was such a thing?) to a novel about the power of choice. Any of these books would be the perfect companion to a quiet Thanksgiving weekend, full of family, love, and food. Enjoy your holidays, and travel safely! —Swapna

The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch (November 12, Camellia Press) Scotch’s The Theory of Opposites focuses on a woman trying to change her circumstances by daring herself to take charge of her life instead of just letting things happen. It is an insightful novel with a fantastic and believable character arc. —Jen Karsbaek

Editor’s pick: This is some of Allison Winn Scotch’s very best work, which is really saying something! â€”Jen

Pinkerton's Great Detective: The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland by Beau Riffenburgh (November 14, Viking) Colorful narratives and harrowing encounters augment this information-packed look at the mysterious life of lead Pinkerton detective James McParland. Tracing a career that included street smarts, perseverance, heroism, and perjury, Riffenburgh paints a complex and intimate portrait of an inspired detective, though deeply flawed man. â€” Nicole Bonia

Editor’s pick: Stories like McParland's prove the maxim that truth is often stranger than fiction, and even more exciting. â€”Nicole


Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch (November 5, Little, Brown & Co) Written in a spare yet evocative style, Red Sky in Morning exposes the sometimes violent core of the conflict between self-preservation and standing by those you love. Lynch's debut novel is a powerful addition to the canon of Irish tragedy. —Candace B. Levy
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The Sister Season by Jennifer Scott (November 5, 2013, NAL Trade) Scott tells a story about sisters in conflict forced to come together to mourn their father's death during an emotionally charged Christmas. As long-buried secrets come to the surface and present heartaches are shared, the women find peace and healing in this beautiful and poignant novel. —Amy Riley

Hild by Nicola Griffith (November 12, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Hild transports us to seventh-century Britain to tell the story of St. Hilda of Whitby, the king’s niece and a seer who changes the course of history for her people. Though it might seem like a daunting read, Griffith’s excellent sense of place and history and her impeccable attention to detail bring this amazing young woman to life. —Swapna Krishna

Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear (November 14, Riverhead Hardcover) American foodies and wannabes are moving to the fringes of cuisine in pursuit of new delicacies (some disgusting, other dangerous). Goodyear explores this extreme, underground food culture with a sense of adventure and a strong stomach. Pick up this book if you’ve ever seen a dish (in person or just on television) and wondered, Is that really food? —Kim Ukura
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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (November 5, Harper) Most know Ann Patchett for her award-winning fiction, but in this memoir she shines at writing about her life in the real world. Patchett talks about writing, her bookstore, and her dog; she does not hold back. You’ll laugh and weep while reading this book—it is definitely one of the best of the year. —Katie Fransen

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion) by Aimée Carter (November 26, Harlequin Teen) Pawn is a story of how much you are willing to give up when given the chance for a better life even when knowing the grass may not be so green on the other side. Is one girl ready to give up everything she believes in to become a pawn in a game she doesn't understand? —Andrea Soule

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson (November 19, William Morrow) Someone Else’s Love Story is written perfection, with the tragedy, love, and humor we expect from Jackson. The characters set this novel apart: Shandi, so tough and yet so fragile, and William, with his unique approach to life. Beautifully scripted, the novel takes us on an emotional roller coaster, leaving us with that wonderful, much-sought reader’s high. —Michelle Shannon
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Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie (November 19, Quirk Books) This is a must read for lovers of historical fiction. Broken into seven sections, the book features the lives of princesses from across the world and through time, expanding European horizons. It works well when read as a whole or princess by princess. Irreverent, informative, and entertaining, Princesses Behaving Badly is the perfect companion to royal novels. —Jennifer Conner

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve (November 12, Little, Brown & Co.) With no recollection of her identity, a woman leaves a battle hospital in France for London, hoping to find out who she is. Before she can get help, though, she falls ill in the home of a doctor determined to help her explore the depths of her mind. —Jennifer Ravey

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson (November 5, Sourcebooks Landmark) Even good people make can make extraordinarily hurtful and mean-spirited choices that irrevocably impact lives forever. Lies You Wanted to Hear is a powerful novel about choices: terrible choices that seemingly good people make. Impossible to put down, this is the book club read of the year! —Michele Jacobsen

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani (November 26, Harper) The third book in Trigiani’s trilogy finds Valentine Roncalli happily in love and working to balance her new marriage with building her successful shoe design and manufacturing business. Reading this novel is like catching up with old friends, and the family holiday dinner scenes are so well done, you feel as if you were sitting at the (chaotic) table. —Diane LaRue
Havisham by Ronald Frame (November 5, Picador) Miss Havisham is back! Before she was the creepy old woman we all loved to hate in high school English class, she was a vulnerable young woman. Frame takes us to her past in a splendid way without trying to rewrite Dickens’s Great Expectations. A wonderful reimagining of favorite characters. —Katie Fransen

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (November 13, Harper) The First Phone Call from Heaven is another Albom hit! Centered around a small town, a few local citizens receive phone calls from deceased relatives in heaven. Are the phone calls really coming from heaven? Or is there something more to this supposed miracle? —Rebecca Scaglione

The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle (November 5, William Morrow Paperbacks) Riggle’s latest novel takes a taboo scenario, flaying it open to show the impossibility of discerning guilt, innocence, or even truth. There are few direct answers to the questions raised, but readers will relish the chance for self-reflection and reevaluation of a forbidden relationship. The excellent pacing, well-rounded characters, and titillating plot make The Whole Golden World truly brilliant. —Michelle Shannon
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