Stuck in a fall reading rut? Feeling a bit aimless after the rush of October? Check out one of these ten titles, new to paperback this November! From old favorites with a new look to inventive stories with unpredictable twists, this list offers something for every occasion. Regardless of which book you choose, each is sure to deliver more than its fair share of emotional gut punches and memorable characters.
Linguist Val is devastated by her twin brother Andy’s sudden death, but some mysterious circumstances make her suspicious of it being ruled a suicide. When Andy’s research partner contacts Val with a once-in-a-lifetime job in the Arctic, where Andy died, Val accepts, determined to learn the truth about her brother’s death. But once she’s there, the job proves more complicated than she expected: a girl frozen in ice has been thawed, alive, speaking a language no one understands. As Val and the girl form a bond, Val will have to fight to save her newfound family.
From the author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle comes a harrowing new thriller set in the unforgiving landscape of the Arctic Circle, as a brilliant linguist struggling to understand the apparent suicide of her twin brother ventures hundreds of miles north to try to communicate with a young girl who has been thawed from the ice alive.
Valerie “Val” Chesterfield is a linguist trained in the most esoteric of disciplines: dead Nordic languages. Despite her successful career, she leads a sheltered life and languishes in the shadow of her twin brother, Andy, an accomplished climate scientist stationed on a remote island off Greenland’s barren coast. But Andy is gone: a victim of suicide, having willfully ventured unprotected into 50 degree below zero weather. Val is inconsolable—and disbelieving. She suspects foul play.
When Wyatt, Andy’s fellow researcher in the Arctic, discovers a scientific impossibility—a young girl frozen in the ice who thaws out alive, speaking a language no one understands—Val is his first call. Will she travel to the frozen North to meet this girl, and try to comprehend what she is so passionately trying to communicate? Under the auspices of helping Wyatt interpret the girl’s speech, Val musters every ounce of her courage and journeys to the Artic to solve the mystery of her brother’s death.
The moment she steps off the plane, her fear threatens to overwhelm her. The landscape is fierce, and Wyatt, brilliant but difficult, is an enigma. But the girl is special, and Val’s connection with her is profound. Only something is terribly wrong; the child is sick, maybe dying, and the key to saving her lies in discovering the truth about Wyatt’s research. Can his data be trusted? And does it have anything to do with how and why Val’s brother died? With time running out, Val embarks on an incredible frozen odyssey—led by the unlikeliest of guides—to rescue the new family she has found in the most unexpected of places.
In this inventive twist on the epistolary novel, the members of a small community turn on each other in the wake of tragedy. A local theater troupe is preparing to launch a new play when the director and his wife learn that their granddaughter as been diagnosed with cancer. An expensive experimental treatment is available, and the troupe rallies to raise the funds. But all is not what it appears in this altruistic endeavor and when the dress rehearsal ends with a dead body, two lawyers must piece together documents, letters, and emails from the suspects to uncover the truth.
“[W]itty, original…a delight.” —The New York Times
Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell, this international bestseller and “dazzlingly clever” (The Sunday Times, London) murder mystery follows a community rallying around a sick child—but when escalating lies lead to a dead body, everyone is a suspect.
The Fairway Players, a local theatre group, is in the midst of rehearsals when tragedy strikes the family of director Martin Hayward and his wife Helen, the play’s star. Their young granddaughter has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and with an experimental treatment costing a tremendous sum, their castmates rally to raise the money to give her a chance at survival.
But not everybody is convinced of the experimental treatment’s efficacy—nor of the good intentions of those involved. As tension grows within the community, things come to a shocking head at the explosive dress rehearsal. The next day, a dead body is found, and soon, an arrest is made. In the run-up to the trial, two young lawyers sift through the material—emails, messages, letters—with a growing suspicion that the killer may be hiding in plain sight. The evidence is all there, between the lines, waiting to be uncovered.
A wholly modern and gripping take on the epistolary novel, The Appeal is a “daring…clever, and funny” (The Times, London) debut for fans of Richard Osman and Lucy Foley.
Still in the mood for witchy season? Louisa Morgan’s spellbinding novel tells the story of a woman in 1792 Brittany who must walk in the footsteps of a magical lineage that is about to be snuffed out. A witch hasn’t been born to the Orchière clan for generations and Ursule believes the only “magic” left is the fake spells her mother sells out of their caravan. But when Ursule discovers that she has the spark, her fate becomes more dangerous than ever, as superstitious villagers and a world on the brink of change threaten to end her line once and for all.
For years, Lyla and her husband, Graham, have invited self-made successes to stay in their mansion’s guesthouse in the Hollywood Hills, under the guise of do-goodism. In actuality, the privileged couple conspires to ruin each guest’s life, determined to stamp out the smell of new money. Meanwhile Demi has always struggled to stay afloat. In an act of desperation, she poses as another person to become the couple’s newest guest. But when the games begin, Demi isn’t going down without a fight, and a devilish series of twists and turns throws everyone for a loop.
Theo is an astrobiologist, but he’s also the father of nine-year-old Robin, a warm and sensitive boy who has recently smashed his friend in the face. As Theo attempts to connect with Robin and keep him off psychoactive medication, he agrees to begin an experimental behavior treatment program with Robin, one that attempts to train him using his mother’s brain patterns. An emotionally rending and intimate novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of THE OVERSTORY, BEWILDERMENT is a kaleidoscopic vision of grief and an imperiled planet.
Virtuosic and experimental storyteller John Edgar Wideman offers his sixth story collection in LOOK FOR ME AND I’LL BE GONE. In stories about everything from the intimate fear a boy experiences while standing beside his grandfather’s coffin to the haunting and expansive legacy of James Baldwin’s report on the 1979–1981 Atlanta child murders, Wideman displays his ability to shift between the personal and the systemic, the present and the past. Underlining every story is Wideman’s dedication to questioning why and how we divide ourselves and each other.
*A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Best Book of the Year*
From John Edgar Wideman, a modern “master of language” (The New York Times Book Review), comes a stunning story collection that spans a range of topics from Michael Jordan to Emmett Till, from childhood memories to the final day in a prison cell.
In Look For Me and I’ll Be Gone, his sixth collection of stories, John Edgar Wideman imbues with energy and life the concerns that have consistently infused his fiction and nonfiction. How does it feel to grow up in America, a nation that—despite knowing better, despite its own laws, despite experiencing for hundreds of years the deadly perils and heartbreak of racial division—encourages (sometimes unwittingly, but often on purpose) its citizens to see themselves as colored or white, as inferior or superior.
Never content merely to tell a story, Wideman seeks once again to create language that delivers passages like jazz solos, and virtuosic manipulations of time to entangle past and present. The story “Separation” begins with a boy afraid to stand alone beside his grandfather’s coffin, then wends its way back and forth from Pittsburgh to ancient Sumer. “Atlanta Murders” starts with two chickens crossing a road and becomes a dark riff, contemplating “Evidence of Things Not Seen,” James Baldwin’s report on the 1979–1981 child murders in Atlanta, Georgia.
Comprised of fictions of the highest caliber and relevancy by a writer whose imagination and intellect “prove his continued vitality...with vigor and soul” (Entertainment Weekly), Look For Me and I’ll Be Gone will entrance and surprise committed Wideman fans and newcomers alike.
Ove has a bad attitude and a strict routine. But beneath his curmudgeon persona is a story none of his frustrated neighbors expect. When an outgoing young couple and their two enthusiastic daughters move in next door, an unexpected friendship begins that will transform both households for the better and may even just change the minds of their other neighbors—as well as their local residents’ association—forever. Fredrik Backman’s modern classic and much-loved first novel is now not only a New York Times bestseller but a major motion pictured starring Tom Hanks titled A Man Called Otto.
Now a major motion picture A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks!
#1 New York Times bestseller—more than 3 million copies sold!
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
Fredrik Backman’s beloved first novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).
In this breathtaking epic fantasy, five queendoms have lived in peace for centuries, only to have their stability shattered when girls inexplicably stop being born. Told in dispatches from women across all five queendoms, SCORPICA brings together the stories of a warrior queen forced to fight for her people from her childbirth bed, a healer trying to hide the secret of her daughter’s power, a demigod who must grapple with what to do with her world-changing abilities, and other girls from the lastborn generation.
A centuries-long peace is shattered in a matriarchal society when a decade passes without a single girl being born in this sweeping epic fantasy that’s perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Circe.
Five hundred years of peace between queendoms shatters when girls inexplicably stop being born. As the Drought of Girls stretches across a generation, it sets off a cascade of political and personal consequences across all five queendoms of the known world, throwing long-standing alliances into disarray as each queendom begins to turn on each other—and new threats to each nation rise from within.
Uniting the stories of women from across the queendoms, this propulsive, gripping epic fantasy follows a warrior queen who must rise from childbirth bed to fight for her life and her throne, a healer in hiding desperate to protect the secret of her daughter’s explosive power, a queen whose desperation to retain control leads her to risk using the darkest magic, a near-immortal sorcerer demigod powerful enough to remake the world for her own ends—and the generation of lastborn girls, the ones born just before the Drought, who must bear the hopes and traditions of their nations if the queendoms are to survive.
The twelfth novel in New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger series, TARGETED is a propulsive thriller that will keep old fans and new readers alike turning pages. After taking down a terrorist operation, Swagger is brought before Congress and accused by an anti-gun congresswoman of reckless endangerment. But when the entire committee is attacked and held as political hostages, the people opposing Swagger now must depend on him and a mysterious sniper on the outside for their lives.
Master sniper Bob Lee Swagger protects a group of political hostages during a perilous standoff in this razor-sharp, white-knuckled thriller from Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times bestselling author, and “one of the best thriller novelists around” (The Washington Post) Stephen Hunter.
After his successful takedown of a dangerous terrorist, Bob Lee Swagger learns that no good deed goes unpunished. Summoned to court by the United States Congress, Swagger is accused of reckless endangerment by a hardheaded anti-gun congresswoman. But what begins as political posturing soon turns deadly when the auditorium where the committee is being held is attacked.
Swagger, the congresswoman, and numerous bystanders are taken hostage by a group of violent criminals. Soon, the very people who had accused him are depending on him to save their lives. Trapped in the auditorium and still struggling with injuries from his last assignment, Swagger must rely on his instincts, his shooting skills, and the help of a mysterious rogue operator on the outside in order to ensure that everyone makes it out alive.
A heart-pounding and crackling action-packed novel, Targeted proves that Stephen Hunter is “a true master at the pinnacle of his craft. No one does it better” (Jack Carr, Former Navy SEAL Sniper and author of The Terminal List).
In this brilliant and vivid biography of one of history’s most scandalous and sensational figures, Catherine Ostler tells the story of Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston and Countess of Bristol. After marrying two wealthy men and undergoing a very public trial for bigamy, the previous maid of honor to Augusta, Princess of Wales, could have retired in infamy. Instead, she embarked on a world tour, scandalizing and delighting the masses. Ostler illuminates Elizabeth as a figure who refused to follow the rules and was determined to live a life of adventure.
This “scintillating story superbly told” (The Times, London) explores the adventurous life of the stylish and scandalous Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston—a woman whose infamous trial was bigger news in British society than the American War of Independence—and provides a clear-eyed and fascinating look into the sumptuous Georgian Era.
As maid of honor to the Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Chudleigh enjoyed a luxurious life in the inner circle of the Hanoverian court. With her extraordinary style and engaging wit, she both delighted and scandalized the press and public. She would later even inspire William Thackeray when he was writing his classic Vanity Fair, providing the inspiration for the alluring social climber Becky Sharp. But Elizabeth’s real story is more complex and surprising than anything out of fiction.
A clandestine, candlelit wedding to the young heir to an earldom, a second marriage to a duke, a lust for diamonds, and an electrifying appearance at a masquerade ball in a gossamer dress—it’s no wonder that Elizabeth’s eventual trial was a sensation. Charged with bigamy, an accusation she vehemently fought against, Elizabeth refused to submit to public humiliation and retire quietly.
“A superb, gripping, decadent, colorful biography that brings an extraordinary woman and a whole world blazingly to life” (Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author), The Duchess Countess is perfect for fans of Bridgerton, Women of Means, and The Crown.
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