Before we spend all of our extra moola on holiday presents for friends and family, we've decided to treat ourselves to a few new books to help update our bookshelves and keep us entertained during those rainy November evenings. Here are 11 brand new books that we can't wait to read in November — from a stunning debut poetry collection to a new political dystopian novel from a critically acclaimed literary badass.
Helium by Rudy Francisco ($16): This debut poetry collection from an internationally acclaimed Belizean poet is a must-read this November. With poems about his personal life, the current political climate, and cultural critiques on class, race, and gender, Francisco's new collection will help every generation rediscover poetry in a touching new way.
8 Seconds of Courage by Flo Groberg and Tom Sileo ($25): Florent "Flo" Groberg emigrated to America in middle school, became a naturalized citizen in 2001, and deployed for Afghanistan in 2009 and 2012. World-famous for being the first immigrant since the Vietnam War to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for an act of unrelenting bravery (he tackled a man wearing a suicide vest before he could reach a high-level US-Afghan delegation), this is Flo's story in his own words — from his early childhood in France to the split-second decision that propelled him into the history books.
Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart ($16): When Quinn receives a mysterious text from her estranged sister Nora saying that she has something for her, she doesn't give it a second thought. But when Nora suddenly appears and frantically asks Quinn to take care of a little girl (and not tell anyone about her — not even her husband), Quinn quickly learns that things aren't quite as they appear. Baart's engaging multi-layered story is perfect for fans of Big Little Lies.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich ($29): National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich is back with a new political dystopian novel that needs to be on your current reading list. As evolution begins to reverse itself, women start giving birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans — a fact that has four-months-pregnant Cedar Hawk Songmaker scared out of her mind. On a quest to find her birth mother and track her biological beginnings, Cedar will risk everything and everyone to keep her baby safe as the world begins to crumble.
The Feminist's Guide to Raising a Little Princess by Devorah Blachor ($16): Dedicated feminist Devorah Blachor wasn't expecting to be the parent of a little girl who loves the color pink and is obsessed with the Disney princesses. In this part practical how-to, part hilarious memoir, Blachor details how feminist parents can navigate today's tricky world by taking a non-judgmental and positive approach to life and parenting.
The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis ($26): Midwestern gal Jenifer Lewis describes an emotional and trying journey to international acclaim in her new memoir, set to hit stores this November. Bravely detailing her struggles with sex addiction, this The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and black-ish star reveals her advice, regrets, and life story in this introspective tale in her own words.
These Wilds Beyond Our Fences by Bayo Akomolafe ($19): If you're looking for a book that tackles all sorts of questions about the human experience, fatherhood, and the infinite queries regarding justice and the universe, this is it. In his new book, Akomolafe describes how fatherhood is a cosmic event of unprecedented proportions and does his best to make sense of today's strange and disconnected world.
Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden ($26): If you don't already follow Arden on Facebook and Instagram, correct this oversight ASAP. Go ahead, we'll wait. Inspired by her hilarious and honest social media posts, Arden details how her mother's Alzheimer's has affected her life. With Arden moving to a house just across the way and cooking for her mother five times a week, this intimate look at a daughter mothering her mother is funny, beautiful, and timeless.
The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell ($15): Henry supports his ailing mother and fanatical minister stepfather by selling bootleg liquor in the deep woods of East Texas. But recently, they've become the obsession of a nearly feral "woods girl" named Eve. As bonds are formed, both of their worlds spin out of control in this Amazon Charts bestseller that's sure to have you devouring the whole book in a single sitting.
The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch ($30): One of Entertainment Weekly's most buzzworthy books of this season, Fitch's new novel is a historical saga of the Russian Revolution seen from the perspective of Marina Makarova, a woman of privilege. Marina's longing to explore the world will have her marching for workers' rights, falling in love with a radical poet, and betraying everything she once held dear.
Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger ($27): The stand-up comedian's new collection of essays about "girl logic" — Schlesinger's term for the way women obsess over details and situations in a way men don't — is undeniably hilarious. With a bold foreword by The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik, Iliza's new book reads like a rant from your best gal pal on living female in a male-obsessed world.
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