11 books to add to your reading list next month
While the frenzy of hot books are falling has started to calm down, there are still plenty of books to look forward to in November, the real start of the cozy season.
The most anticipated publications this month include the political memoirs of an iconic Chinese artist; provocative reflections on the feminism of an art historian and a famous model; meditations on the race of a polarizing novelist and scholar; and the Chekhovian pandemic satire of a comic novelist. Grab a mask and scarf and head to your local independent bookstore to pick up copies – one for yourself and one as a holiday gift.
By Gary Shteyngart
Random Penguin House: 336 pages, $ 28
Praised by Kirkus as “the Great American novel on the pandemic only Shteyngart could write, “the accomplished satirist’s new work focuses on a group of friends awaiting the pandemic at a country house in upstate New York. During six months of internal exile, de new romances and friendships emerge as old grudges take on dangerous new life.
By Natashia Deón
Counterpoint: 320 pages, $ 26
In 1930s Los Angeles, amid Prohibition and the construction of Route 66, a young black woman wakes up in an alleyway with no memory of her former life. While regaining the memory of her past, she becomes the first black reporter for the LA Times and discovers that she may be immortal.
By James Hannaham
Soft Skull: 208 pages, $ 28
Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and the history of aerial disasters are the raw material for this unclassifiable construction of collages of prose, verse and photos – semi-fictional meditations on identity, slavery, conscience and horrors. from the plane of the famous author of “Delicious food. “
By Aysegül Savas
Riverhead Books: 192 pages, $ 26
The Istanbul-born author explores the thin line between chaos and contentment, creativity and madness through Agnès, a painter who rents her apartment to a student researching gothic nudes. Savas’ chilling novel was praised by both Lauren Groff and performance artist Marina Abramovic.
By Ai Weiwei, translated by Allan H. Barr
Crown: 400 pages, $ 32
Artist and activist Ai Weiwei recounts his childhood in internal exile, his difficult decision to leave his family for America to study the art and the persecution of his father, a great poet, and himself – detained for decades. months as a dissident – by the Chinese state.
By Sam Quinones
Bloomsbury: 432 pages, $ 28
Quinones, a former Times reporter, continues the story he started in 2015 “DreamlandWhich exposed the opioid epidemic and its catalysts and won a National Book Critics Circle award. Here, he tells how communities ravaged by methamphetamine have broken the cycle of drug addiction, violence and despair.
By Charles Hood
Heyday Books: 224 pages, $ 16
You may remember Hood from his book “Wild LA”, a collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Here the poet, photographer and wildlife guide marvels at the underrated and often overlooked parts of nature – of Hollywood Palm trees at Palmdale parking lots.
By Emily Ratajkowski
Metropolitan books: 256 pages, $ 26
A debut collection of essays from the model and actress offers an honest perspective on feminism, sexuality and internalized misogyny that is heightened by her own experience in the industry. EditorWeekly called it “a clever and rewarding mix of personal and political”.
Edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine
One World: 624 pages, $ 38
The ambitious project that caused Americans to rethink our racial history – and sparked an inevitable backlash – even before the math that followed George Floyd’s murder, is developed into a book incorporating essays from almost anyone you want to hear. on the great subject of the country and a great shame.
By Catherine McCormack
WW Norton & Co.: 240 pages, $ 23
Going through Western art and images in advertising, social media and fashion photography, the British art historian challenges the idea of women as ‘mothers, monsters and young daughters’ and presents the work of female artists who oppose these representations.
By Ann Patchett
Harper: 336 pages, $ 27
The acclaimed novelist meditates on “what I needed, who I loved, what I could give up,” in essays about giving up lifelong possessions, caring for a friend with cancer, and the wisdom to Snoopy. Patchet has a knack for grasping what really matters.
Mary Ann Gwinn contributed to this report.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.