Best Books of November | Starred Reviews

Starred titles reviewed in our November 2023 print issue, spanning audio, fiction, SF/fantasy, romance, science, sociology, and more.









Chavez, Heather. Before She Finds Me. Hachette Audio.

Donoghue, Emma. Learned by Heart. Hachette Audio.

Leckie, Ann. Translation State. Hachette Audio.

Meyer, Margaret. The Witching Tide. S. & S. Audio.


Carter, Andrea. Death Writes. Oceanview.

Clark, Tracy. Fall. Thomas & Mercer: Amazon.

Collins, Sarah-Jane. Radiant Heat. Berkley.

Hunter, Cara. No Way Out. Morrow.

Labuskes, Brianna. The Lies You Wrote. Thomas & Mercer: Amazon.

Michaelides, Alex. The Fury. Celadon.

Prose, Nita. The Mystery Guest. Ballantine.


Arden, Katherine. The Warm Hands of Ghosts. Del Rey: Ballantine.

Bennett, Robert Jackson. The Tainted Cup. Del Rey: Ballantine.

Nayler, Ray. The Tusks of Extinction.


Alexander, TJ. Second Chances in New Port Stephen. Atria/Emily Bestler.

Kuang, Yulin. How To End a Love Story. Avon.

Payne, Nikki. Sex, Lies and Sensibility. Berkley.

Stein, Charlotte. When Grumpy Met Sunshine. St. Martin’s Griffin.

Williams, Tia. A Love Song for Ricki Wilde. Grand Central.


Clinch, Jon. The General and Julia. Atria.

Frankel, Laurie. Family Family. Holt.

Goodwin, Daisy. Diva. St. Martin’s.

Harvey, Samantha. Orbital. Atlantic Monthly.

James, Elizabeth Gonzalez. The Bullet Swallower. S. & S.

Lu, Wenyan. The Funeral Cryer. Hanover Square: Harlequin.

Maupin, Armistead. Mona of the Manor. Harper.

Park, Ed. Same Bed Different Dreams. Random.

Robinson, Ishi. Sweetness in the Skin. Harper.


Barratt, Amanda. The Warsaw Sisters. Baker.


Carpentier, Alejo. Explosion in a Cathedral. Penguin Classics.

Undset, Sigrid. Olav Audunssøn IV. Univ. of Minnesota.

Wideman, John Edgar. The Homewood Trilogy. Scribner.


Bergsman, Steve. All I Want Is Loving You: Popular Female Singers of the 1950s. Univ. Pr. of Mississippi.

Bergsman, Steve. What a Difference a Day Makes: Women Who Conquered 1950s Music. Univ. Pr. of Mississippi.

Biskind, Peter. Pandora’s Box: How Guts, Guile, and Greed Upended TV. Morrow.

Cooper, Margo. Deep Inside the Blues: Photographs and Interviews. Univ. Pr. of Mississippi.

Ensminger, David A. Roots Punk: A Visual and Oral History. Univ. Pr. of Mississippi.

Jones, Dylan. Loaded: The Life (and Afterlife) of the Velvet Underground. Grand Central.

Kapurch, Katie & Jon Marc Smith. Blackbird: How Black Musicians Sang the Beatles into Being—and Sang Back to Them. Penn State Univ.

Miller, Jane. Paper Banners. Copper Canyon.

Pardlo, Gregory. Spectral Evidence: Poems. Knopf.

Thomson, David. The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film. Harper.


Dewart Bell, Janet. Blackbirds Singing: Inspiring Black Women’s Speeches from the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century. New Pr.

Owens, Ed. After Elizabeth: Can the Monarchy Save Itself? Bloomsbury Continuum.

Zubrzycki, John. The Shortest History of India: From the World’s Oldest Civilization to Its Largest Democracy—A Retelling for Our Times. The Experiment.


Heitner, Devorah. Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World. TarcherPerigee.

Ohara, Bonnie. Let’s Bake Bread!: A Family Cookbook To Foster Learning, Curiosity, and Skill Building in Your Kids. Artisan.


Annin, Peter. Purified: How Recycled Sewage Is Transforming Our Water. Island Pr.

Arefi, Yossy. Snacking Bakes: Simple Recipes for Cookies, Bars, Brownies, Cakes, and More. Clarkson Potter.

Gunter, Jen. Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation. Citadel.

Jones, Carey & John McCarthy (text) & Rachel Weill (photos). Every Cocktail Has a Twist: Master 25 Classic Drinks and Craft More Than 200 Variations. Countryman.

Khachame, Cheynese. Oodles and Oodles of Vegan Noodles: Soba, Ramen, Udon & More. The Experiment.

Previte, Rose. Maydān: Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond. Abrams.

Rose, Danni. Danni’s Juke Joint Comfort Food Cookbook: Modern-Day Recipes, Ole Skool Flavas. Harvest.

Silverton, Nancy & Carolyn Carreño. The Cookie That Changed My Life: And More Than 100 Other Classic Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, and Pies That Will Change Yours. Knopf.

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