9 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in November
From the chilling (true) story of a brutal 1969 murder to the sweet love story to an essay collection from a crazy ex-girlfriend, here are nine new titles to keep an eye out for this month.
1. We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and Half a Decade of Silence by Becky Cooper
In 1969, Jane Britton, a 23-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department (and daughter of Radcliffe College Vice President J. Boyd Britton) was found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment. Forty years later, Harvard undergrad Becky Cooper heard the rumor that Britton had had an affair with her professor, who murdered her for threatening to go public. Though the rumor proved false, Cooper decided to follow the story for ten years, uncovering a tale of gender inequality in academia, a ‘cowboy culture’ among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions and our compulsion to rewrite the stories victimhood.
2. The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Make Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell
The second cookbook from PureWow’s very own recipes editor, The Book on Pie sees baker and food stylist extraordinaire McDowell sharing everything she knows about making one of our favorite desserts. Starting with the basics (including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, recipe size conversions and tips for decorating and styling), she then dives into pies of all kinds, from classics like apple and pumpkin to avant-garde picks like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions.
3. The Best American Short Stories 2020 Edited by Curtis Sittenfeld and Heidi Pitlor
Featuring stories from Emma Cline, T.C. Boyle, Mary Gaitskill and more, this year’s edition of The Best American Short Stories—edited by authors Sittenfeld (Rodham) and Pitlor (The Birthdays)—is a striking and nuanced collection, bringing to life awkward college students, disgraced public figures, raunchy grandparents and mystical godmothers.
4. The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
When Anna isn’t looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father's restaurant, she's taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction, and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could be a normal teen. But when her mother finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse, and Anna begins to question everything she thought she knew.
5. what kind of woman: Poems by kate baer
In this debut poetry collection, Baer explores the beauty and hardships of being a woman in the world today. In "Deliverance," for example, about her son's birth, she writes, "What is the word for when the light leaves the body?/What is the word for when it/at last, returns?" After reading (and rereading), you'll need to share these with your mother, your daughter, your sister and your friends.
6. No One Asked for This: Essays by Cazzie David
You might know Cazzie David from her hilarious web series, ‘Eighty-Sixed,’ or from being Larry David’s daughter (yes, the Larry David). Her debut collection of essays is full of darkly funny reflections on her life. From shame spirals caused by hookups to panic attacks about being alive, David chronicles her life's most chaotic moments with wit, bleak humor and self-awareness.
7. The Best of Me by David Sedaris
Chosen by the author himself, The Best of Me is a collection of Sedaris’s greatest essays (from Me Talk Pretty One Day, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and more), and features an introduction by and interview with Sedaris, and a new story, ‘Unbuttoned.’
8. Pretending by Holly Bourne
April is kind and pretty, yet can't seem to get past date five. Gretel, on the other hand, is the ideal: beautiful but low-maintenance, sweet but never clingy, sexy but not too easy. When April starts pretending to be Gretel, dating becomes much more fun—especially when she meets eligible bachelor Joshua. But as the two grow closer, how long will April be able to keep pretending?
9. I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom
Bloom, the co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has felt abnormal her whole life. But in exploring what she thinks makes her “different,” she realized that a lot of people—even the ones she had pegged as “normal”—also feel this way. I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are is a collection of personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety and much more.