Look no further for your November book club pick. We’ve rounded up six of this month’s must-read novels. Whether your group wants to visit a magical library or uncover family secrets, we’ve got a book that is sure to keep you talking.
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Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea is one of the most-anticipated books of the season, making it a great pick for book clubs who love to be the first to read buzzy new releases. The novel introduces readers to Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a graduate student who discovers a mysterious book filled with enchanting stories. He’s entertained by the tales until he recognizes one: It’s a story about his own childhood. Shocked by his discovery, Zachary sets off to uncover how his life came to be recorded in the book. His journey takes him to places he never could’ve imagined, and we bet your group will love following his adventures and talking about the astounding power of literature. As a fun bonus, invite your book club to also dive into Morgenstern’s much-beloved first novel The Night Circus!
Nonfiction book clubs will not want to miss this memoir by Her Body and Other Parties author Carmen Maria Machado. In the Dream House recounts Machado’s abusive relationship with an ex-girlfriend. The story isn’t told linearly; instead chapters are framed with tropes and devices such as “unreliable narrator” and “star-crossed lovers,” as a way of examining specific memories of the relationship. It’s a powerful read, and we predict your group will find much to discuss in Machado’s exploration of identity, love, and memory.
Nadine Jolie Courtney tackles Islamophobia, privilege, and identity in her new YA book. With pale skin and blonde hair, few realize that Allie Abraham is Muslim. Though her family isn’t religious, Allie is driven to speak up about her faith after witnessing how fellow Muslims, including her Circassian-American father, are treated in her small town. As Allie begins openly practicing her religion, she finds herself confronted with ignorance and prejudice. She knows it’s only a matter of time before those attacks come from Jack Henderson, an infamous conservative TV personality and her boyfriend’s father.
If multigenerational stories are your book club’s cup of tea, pick up The Book of Lost Saints. Ramon, a security guard and DJ living in New Jersey, is haunted by the ghost of his aunt Marisol. She disappeared during the Cuban Revolution, and her spirit can’t remember what happened to her. To uncover the secret, she visits Ramon’s dreams, taking him through her life in Cuba. Wanting to help, Ramon packs his bags and heads to Cuba to find the answers his aunt needs, along the way uncovering a family history he won’t ever forget.
Talia Hibbert’s romantic comedy isn’t only one of our fall must-reads, it’s a great pick for book clubs! A near-death experience leads geeky heroine Chloe Brown to the realization that she needs to “get a life.” First, she makes a list. Then, she discovers a well-planned list isn’t the ideal way to be spontaneous, so she enlists the help of Red, her tattooed motorcyclist super who she might have a little bit of a crush on. As the two help Chloe step outside of her comfort zone, Hibbert explores what it means to live with chronic illness and invisible disabilities, the challenges of being vulnerable when falling in love, and the idea that everyone deserves a happily ever after.
Halloween may be over, but we’re always in the mood for a thrilling read. Lisa Jewell’s latest takes a look at what happens when an orphan begins to uncover her family’s secrets. It begins with a murder: a husband and wife found dead in their home with their 10-month-old infant Libby left safely in her crib. Twenty-five years later, Libby learns that she’s inherited her parents’ empty mansion in London, and she’s determined to discover what truly happened to them on the night they died. Book clubs that love sniffing out clues and piecing together puzzles will not want to miss The Family Upstairs.