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5 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in November

From fashion to food, music and more, here’s the best of the best when it comes to November reading.

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Avedon: Something Personal by Norma Stevens and Steven M.L. Aronson

To this day, Richard Avedon is the only artist to have had two retrospectives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during his lifetime. But behind the scenes, he was famously private and relentlessly controlling of his image. In this book, Avedon’s longtime business partner and confidant Norma Stevens tells the legendary artist’s compelling life story.

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David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock

A compelling music history by the author of Florence Foster Jenkins, David Bowie Made Me Gay details the influence LGBT musicians have had on popular culture over the past century, from early jazz and blues through today’s hits, and stopping to examine icons like Elton John, Freddie Mercury and, of course, Ziggy Stardust himself.

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Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

Not your average L.A. story, Pochoda’s novel connects six characters in various stages of desperation in the City of Angels. Think: A teenager on the run from his father’s desert commune-slash-cult, an unfulfilled lawyer and a drifter.

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Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza

Souza was Chief Official White House Photographer for both of President Obama's terms. He took more than two million shots of Obama, in happy times and devastating, many of which are reproduced (along with behind-the-scenes stories) in this new tome.

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Cover: St. Martin’s Press; Background: Twenty20

The Reporter’s Kitchen by Jane Kramer

Kramer has written about food as The New Yorker’s European correspondent since 1964, by which we mean she has a lot of great stories. This collection of some of her hits at the magazine is, in a word, delicious. From foraging for edible sea grass with Noma’s René Redzepi to hosting expat Thanksgivings in Umbria, Kramer’s book is as much about the role food plays in human relationships as it is about the dishes themselves.

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