With the weather cooling down and Thanksgiving travel right around the corner, stock up on some new books to get you through this winter! These eight titles—new to paperback this November—are full of transportive travels and fresh starts. Whether these characters are redeeming their honor on an icy mountainside, embarking on a suicide mission to a far-off planet, or finding new love in an old city, they won’t stop until they get what they want. Join them for their incomparable journeys and settle in for months of great reading ahead.
New in Paperback: 9 November Reads as Satisfying as Pumpkin Pie
Nahr, born in Kuwait to two Palestinian refugees, always dreamed of falling in love and starting a family. But when her husband jilts her and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, she’s forced to prostitute herself and trek across Jordan for a place to call home. When she falls in love again, under Israeli occupation in Palestine, the rest of her story unfolds in dark, irreverent prose, depicting what led to her winding up in solitary confinement.
2020 Palestine Book Awards Winner
2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist
“Susan Abulhawa possesses the heart of a warrior; she looks into the darkest crevices of lives, conflicts, horrendous injustices, and dares to shine light that can illuminate hidden worlds for us.” —Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
In this “beautiful...urgent” novel (The New York Times), Nahr, a young Palestinian woman, fights for a better life for her family as she travels as a refugee throughout the Middle East.
As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love, and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation. Nahr’s subversive humor and moral ambiguity will resonate with fans of My Sister, The Serial Killer, and her dark, contemporary struggle places her as the perfect sister to Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties.
Written with Susan Abulhawa’s distinctive “richly detailed, beautiful, and resonant” (Publishers Weekly) prose, this powerful novel presents a searing, darkly funny, and wholly unique portrait of a Palestinian woman who refuses to be a victim.
It starts with one: Creusa, a woman who wakes to find her homeland of Troy burning to the ground. The long war between the Greeks and the Trojans is over, the former have won, and Creusa’s life as she knows it is finished. As the consequences of the fall of Troy stretch across the sea, everyone, from those on Mount Olympus to those on the smallest of the Greek isles, will be affected. And in A THOUSAND SHIPS, the women—both young girls and powerful goddesses—who were embroiled in the world-ending war will tell their stories.
Masterful crime novelist Tana French knows how to create unbeatable, slow-burn suspense. In THE SEARCHER, Cal Hooper is looking forward to settling into life in a picturesque Irish village after years on the Chicago police force. But it isn’t long before a local boy whose brother has gone missing comes knocking, insisting that Cal take a closer look at the case. And as he does, Cal uncovers layers of disturbing secrets in his small town, proving that even the most bucolic of places has its dark corners.
In 1920s Paris, Cecile Cabot is bound to her family’s Secret Circus, a world where women run the show and can weave magic beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. But when Cecile begins a passionate affair with a young painter, she puts herself, her lover, and her family secret in danger. In 2004, Lara Barnes is devastated when her fiancé mysteriously disappears. Desperate for answers, Lara reads her great-grandmother’s journals. Within these pages, a story of ill-fated love, betrayal, and a long-lasting curse in her family may be her only clue to finding her beloved.
Lila Reyes had a plan for her life, but when that plan falls apart, she is left a wreck. Her parents, fearing the extent of her devastation, ship her off for three months of relaxation and rejuvenation in Winchester, England, to stay with family friends. While at first Lila is bored by the small town, a budding romance with teashop clerk Orion soon begins to make the trip worth her while. But as Lila begins to imagine a new plan for her life, she wonders just how much of her old life she’s willing to leave behind.
A New York Times bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick
Love & Gelato meets Don’t Date Rosa Santos in this charming, heartfelt story following a Miami girl who unexpectedly finds love—and herself—in a small English town.
For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything—including Lila herself—fell apart.
Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.
A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind.
In this incredible true story, Maurice Wilson, a World War I vet, has felt lost ever since the war tore apart his family and his hometown in Northern England. After a decade of traveling, divorces, ill-fated infatuations, and depression, Wilson awakes one day with a ferocious ambition: to be the first man to climb Mount Everest. His plan to crash-land his plane on a lower slope and climb to the summit alone may sound crazy (particularly because he has little flying experience and even less climbing experience), but Wilson is convinced that the climb alone will redeem him.
“An outstanding book.” —The Wall Street Journal * “Gripping at every turn.” —Outside * “A hell of a ride.” —The Times (London)
An extraordinary true story about one man’s attempt to salve the wounds of war and save his own soul through an audacious adventure.
In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Mount Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceives his own crazy, beautiful plan: he will fly a plane from England to Everest, crash-land on its lower slopes, then become the first person to reach its summit—completely alone. Wilson doesn’t know how to climb. He barely knows how to fly. But he has the right plane, the right equipment, and a deep yearning to achieve his goal. In 1933, he takes off from London in a Gipsy Moth biplane with his course set for the highest mountain on earth. Wilson’s eleven-month journey to Everest is wild: full of twists, turns, and daring. Eventually, in disguise, he sneaks into Tibet. His icy ordeal is just beginning.
Wilson is one of the Great War’s heroes, but also one of its victims. His hometown of Bradford in northern England is ripped apart by the fighting. So is his family. He barely survives the war himself. Wilson returns from the conflict unable to cope with the sadness that engulfs him. He begins a years-long trek around the world, burning through marriages and relationships, leaving damaged lives in his wake. When he finally returns to England, nearly a decade after he first left, he finds himself falling in love once more—this time with his best friend’s wife—before depression overcomes him again. He emerges from his funk with a crystalline ambition. He wants to be the first man to stand on top of the world. Wilson believes that Everest can redeem him.
This is the “rollicking” (The Economist) tale of an adventurer unlike any you have ever encountered: complex, driven, wry, haunted, and fully alive. He is a man written out of the history books—dismissed as an eccentric and gossiped about because of rumors of his transvestism. The Moth and the Mountain restores Maurice Wilson to his rightful place in the annals of Everest and tells an unforgettable story about the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
When three friends discover that their other best friend, Raven, is being abused by his stepmother, Poppy, Lily, and Belladonna concoct a plan to poison her tea with their namesakes. But when one of the girls refuses, they abandon the plan—and their friendship. Years later, Raven’s stepmother ends up dead after all, but only Belle is sent to jail. As the secrets and betrayal that underline their friendship unravel, the group will have to face much more than jail time in this deliciously twisty thriller.
“A journey into the dark corners of friendship.” —Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species
Riverdale meets Karen M. McManus’s Two Can Keep a Secret in this “twisty, sumptuous dark fairy tale of a mystery” (Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders) about estranged friends who reunite when someone commits the murder they’d planned—but didn’t go through with—and leaves one of their own to take the fall.
Poppy, Lily, and Belladonna would do anything to protect their best friend, Raven. So when they discovered he was suffering abuse at the hands of his stepmother, they came up with a lethal plan: petals of poppy, belladonna, and lily in her evening tea so she’d never be able to hurt Raven again. But someone got cold feet, the plot faded to a secret of the past, and the group fell apart.
Three years later, on the eve of Raven’s seventeenth birthday, his stepmother turns up dead. But it’s only belladonna found in her tea, and it’s only Belladonna who’s carted off to jail. Desperate for help, Belle reaches out to her estranged friends to prove her innocence. They answer the call, but no one is prepared for what comes next.
Now, everyone has something to lose and something equally dangerous to hide. And when the tangled web of secrets and betrayal is finally unwound, what lies at its heart will change the group forever.
In this badass sci-fi adventure, Persephone Station is an oft-forgotten planet outside the United Republic of Worlds that has become the focus of the Serrao-Orlov Corporation’s exploitative practices. Rosie, the owner of the hangout for an exclusive class of criminals, has hired Angel for a job that will put her up against an army and the Serrao-Orlov Corporation. Angel, an ex-marine who’s as dedicated to winning back her honor as she is to her crew, knows it’s likely a suicide mission—but that won’t stop her from doing the right thing.
Hugo Award–nominated author Stina Leicht has created a “thoroughly enjoyable” (NPR) take on space opera for fans of The Mandalorian and Cowboy Bebop in this high-stakes adventure.
Persephone Station, a seemingly backwater planet that has been largely ignored by the United Republic of Worlds, becomes the focus for the Serrao-Orlov Corporation as the planet has a few secrets the corporation tenaciously wants to exploit.
Rosie—owner of Monk’s Bar, in the corporate town of West Brynner, caters to wannabe criminals and rich Earther tourists, of a sort, at the front bar. However, exactly two types of people drank at Monk’s bar: members of a rather exclusive criminal class and those who sought to employ them.
Angel—ex-marine and head of a semi-organized band of beneficent criminals, wayward assassins, and washed-up mercenaries with a penchant for doing the honorable thing is asked to perform a job for Rosie. What this job reveals will affect Persephone and put Angel and her squad up against an army. Despite the odds, they are rearing for a fight with the Serrao-Orlove Corporation. For Angel, she knows that once honor is lost, there is no regaining it. That doesn’t mean she can’t damned well try.
Beloved comedian Jerry Seinfeld writes everything down. Since the fall of 1975 when he first performed at the New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” at age twenty-one, Seinfeld has tucked away every bit, conversation, and idea on yellow legal pads. Now, with forty-five years of material at his disposal, Seinfeld has selected his favorite material and organized it by decade in this hilarious archive that documents the comedian’s evolution in the art of contemporary stand-up.
The first book in twenty-five years from “one of our great comic minds” (The Washington Post) features Seinfeld’s best work across five decades in comedy.
Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld writes. “So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.”
For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In this “trove of laugh-out-loud one-liners” (Associated Press), you will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.
Photo credit: iStock / humonia