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White Ivy by Susie Yang is the November Read with Jenna pick. The NYT offers an excerpt of its first chapter. The novel shortlist is out for the 2020 Staunch Book Prize; the winner will be announced next week. There is news on the ensemble cast of the film adaptation of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. The first trailer for Bridgerton, based on the series by Julia Quinn, arrives. Plus, lots of lists of recommended new releases for the month.

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Book Picks

White Ivy by Susie Yang (S. & S.; LJ starred review) is the November Read with Jenna pick.

The Millions shares its favorites out today.

io9 picks November's top sci-fi and fantasy books.

Bitch Media has "9 YA Books Feminists Should Read in November."

Town & Country has a list of best books out soon.

Book Riot’s "November 2020 Horoscopes and Book Recommendations" is out.

BookPage offers new memoir suggestions for book clubs, and serves up some "Books that are good enough to eat."


The NYT reviews Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941 by Alan Allport (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review): "... the point Allport wants to make is a good one: The British saw themselves as a kindly, gentle, puzzled people, like those cute little critters in the Shire, which was not how others always saw them." Also, To Be a Man: Stories by Nicole Krauss (Harper): "Krauss’s refusal to adhere to formal conventions, in time frame or plot resolution, for example, gives her stories a certain energy, consistently conjuring an aura of both intimacy and vastness." White Ivy by Susie Yang (S. & S.; LJ starred review): "'White Ivy' is chock-full of compelling, exciting ideas. What it does not quite do is give the reader access to the experiences that might portray those ideas effectively in the context of a narrative. We’re not given the particular opportunity that fiction can make space for to reconsider them anew." Lastly, the "New & Noteworthy" column looks at a a variety of recent releases.

The L.A. Times also reviews White Ivy by Susie Yang (S. & S.; LJ starred review): "'White Ivy' is in many ways a cold, clinical book… But just as romance has to understand the potential for sadness, the resolutely anti-romantic Yang knows you need a dollop of romance if you want to break your readers’ hearts."

NPR reviews The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again by Robert D. Putnam, with Shaylyn Romney Garrett (S. & S.): "The Upswing is saturated with data and charts, so much so that it can be difficult for a lay person to weigh and evaluate what is presented. This matters, because readers will be eager for guidance to move the curve toward a more connected, unified 'we.'" Also, a look at three new romances out this month.

The Washington Post reviews Missionaries by Phil Klay (Penguin): "It’s perfectly good stuff, a page-turning saga of good guys taking out bad guys, bad guys being bad, and bad guys turned good guys struggling to do the right thing. But it’s not the elevated and sophisticated self-examinations that make the opening chapters of the book so special."

Briefly Noted

The novel shortlist is out for the 2020 Staunch Book Prize, which celebrates thrillers that do not feature violence against women.

Watch the CBC's Between the Pages for a discussion with the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists. The prize will be announced Nov. 9.

PopSugar lists "10 Hallmark Christmas Movies You Didn't Know Were Based on Books."

Entertainment Weekly excerpts the "ballet-centric page-turner" The Turnout by Megan Abbott (Penguin).

The NYT has excerpts from To Be a Man by Nicole Krauss (Harper) and White Ivy by Susie Yang (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

The New Yorker features The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War by David Nasaw (Penguin; LJ starred review)

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his forthcoming book The Committed (Grove Press) with the L.A. Times during its Festival of Books.

Vanity Fair profiles "a different kind of Instagram poet," Kate Baer. Her debut, What Kind of Woman (Harper) is out Nov. 10.

Vice asks Bryan Washington, Memorial (Riverhead: Penguin), for tips on how to be hot.

Tom Shone, The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan (Knopf), discusses the director's trickery with Entertainment Weekly.

Electric Lit discusses writing during challenging times with Julia Alvarez, Afterlife (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review).

ZORA interviews Nikki Giovanni, Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose (William Morrow: Harper).

Rumaan Alam talks to Shondaland about writing a draft of Leave the World Behind (Ecco: Harper) in just three weeks.

Kirkus talks with Mike Curato about his graphic novel Flamer (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

The StarTribune has a Q&A with Nancy Jooyoun Kim, The Last Story of Mina Lee (Park Row: Harper).

The Rumpus interviews Karla Cornejo Villaviecencio, "the first undocumented person to be nominated for a National Book Award" for The Undocumented Americans: A Homecoming (One World: Random House).

Lit Hub speaks with the directors of five book festivals about what a transition to virtual events meant for them.

Toni Morrison's book collection might be for sale separately from her townhouse. The Root reports.

Sci-fi writer Debra Doyle has died. Locus has an obituary.

The NYT remembers Joan Bingham, who helped create the Grove Atlantic publishing house. She passed away at age 85.

Bantam Books' Fred Klein died recently at age 97. Publishers Weekly has a remembrance.

Authors on Air

Tom Hardy is part of the ensemble casting news for the film adaptation of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. In more casting news, Jeremy Irons will star in the Netflix adaptation of Munich by Robert Harris. Also, Amblin Partners is adapting The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion (William MorrowHarperCollins), a book that's due out March 10, 2021. Deadline reports.

See the first trailer for Bridgerton, based on the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. It premiers Dec. 25 on Netflix.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right (Princeton), appears on the New Books Network's Book of the Day Podcast.

Jacob Goldstein discusses Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing (Hachette) on the podcast The Indicator from Planet Money.

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