Sandy’s Selections: The Best Books To Read This November

How many books have you read this year? Increase your number with our list of the best books to read in November!
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We don’t know about you, but we’ve been devouring books left and right this year! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of books to read in November to keep you warm heading into the holiday season. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and settle in to enjoy fiction, mystery, a mesmerizing tale about wine fraud, and a biography about the great Greta Garbo. Settle in, and get ready to fall into a new book.

Books To Read In November

Forever Strong: A New, Science-Based Strategy for Aging Well by Gabrielle Lyon

Forever Strong teaches you how to optimize muscle no matter your age or health background by following a program of fitness and food anchored in new pioneering research. Dr. Lyon saw a pattern of patients suffering from the same core problem: they had too little muscle. This new Lyon approach can be a treatment for everything from obesity to autoimmune disorders and help avoid diseases like Alzheimer’s, hypertension, and diabetes.

The Exchange is a sequel to The Firm, where Mitch McDeere and his wife Abby were fleeing Memphis with the bad guys in hot pursuit. Now they’re back, fifteen years later, and living in New York where Mitch is an international lawyer and a partner in a mega-firm. During a trip to Libya, his trusted associate is kidnapped, and an execution is threatened unless an enormous ransom is paid. Only Mitch can facilitate the exchange.

The Armor of Light by Ken Follett | Historical Fiction

The Armor of Light is the fifth and final book in Follett’s Kingsbridge series. It begins with the Industrial Revolution in the late eighteenth century. The book’s character development is exceptional, with each individual facing their own struggles and challenges. Religious strife, political intrigue, and espionage form the backdrop of the war against Napoleon, with the story ending just after the Battle of Waterloo.

House of Doors by Tan Twan | Eng Historical Fiction

The House of Doors is a story inspired by real people, the Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat Sen, and the writer W. Somerset Maugham, recounting the two weeks that Maugham visited Malaysia in 1921. This book is a drama of love and betrayal under the shadow of The Empire, colonialism, and revolution. Longlisted for the Booker Prize International, this is a masterful novel of public morality and private truth a century ago.

Ideal Beauty by Lois Banner | Biography

In Ideal Beauty, Greta Garbo is one of the silver screen’s greatest beauties. A star in both silent pictures and talkies, she was also one of its most profound enigmas. Garbo kept viewers riveted with understated performances that suggested deep melancholy and strong desires roiling just under the surface. And offscreen, Garbo was perhaps even more mysterious and alluring, as her retirement from Hollywood at age thirty-six only fueled the public’s fascination.

The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok | Mystery

With China’s one-child policy, an abusive husband who hoped for a son and heir told his wife their daughter had died during childbirth and secretly arranged for the child to be adopted by an American family. Once the birthmother learns the truth, she sacrifices everything to travel from China to America, working with Chinese gangsters to gain entry. Nothing was going to stop her from reuniting with her daughter.

Vintage Crime by Rebecca Gibb | Nonfiction

Vintage Crime reveals that by adding toxic sweeteners and passing off counterfeit bottles, wine fraud is abundant and as old as wine itself. The world of wine prides itself on its aura of respectability, but it has always had a murky side. Vintage Crime exposes con artists from ancient Rome to modern-day California but also introduces the scrupulous merchants, honest growers, and cutting-edge scientists who have led the fight against fraudsters.

In Case You Missed It: Here’s Sandy’s reading list from November 2022!

Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenberg

Dinners with Ruth is an extraordinary memoir of Nina Totenberg’s personal successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships, including her beautiful friendship of nearly fifty years with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This is also an account of how these two women paved the way for future generations by tearing down professional and legal barriers.

Listen, World by Julie Scheeres | Women In History     

Listen, World is one of the inspiring stories we need to bolster women’s overlooked place in history. The long-forgotten Elsie Robinson (1883-1956) was the highest-paid woman writer in the William Randolph Media Empire. Robinson was a nationally syndicated columnist whose columns ran for over thirty years and garnered more than 20 million readers. During her career, Robinson was the most-read woman columnist in the country.

Bibi: My Story by Benjamin Netanyahu | Autobiography

As the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel, Netanyahu has experienced his share of crisis, controversy, tragedy, triumph, and more. In Bibi: My Story, he shares the story of his family and background, his path to leadership, and his commitment to defending Israel and securing its future. Written with humor, clarity, thoughtful candor, and a host of revealing anecdotes, readers will have new insight into Netanyahu.  

Dying of Politeness by Geena Davis | Memoir

Dying of Politeness is an entertaining account of Geena Davis’ journey from a polite childhood to Hollywood powerhouse and ultimately fighting for women’s rights all around the globe. In 2022 Davis received an Honorary Oscar for her research against gender bias in movies. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media was established in 2004 and advocates for equal representation of women in film.

 Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng | Dystopia

Our Missing Hearts is a cautionary tale and warning about present-day political, racial, and inequality issues. There is a new act passed – the Preserving American Culture and Traditions (PACT) Act. Anyone of Chinese birth or ancestry is considered a danger to PACT. Chinese children are removed from their homes, books are banned, and freedom of speech is only acceptable if you agree with PACT. 

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver | Contemporary Fiction

Demon Copperhead is a reimagined David Copperfield in a modern-day rural America contending with poverty and opioid addiction. With each unfolding chapter, the connection between the two books brings home the fact that there are still many clever, self-reliant young people who must defy their circumstances simply to survive. Both books are simultaneously entertaining and moving and plead for reform.    

CLASSIC: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens | Historical Fiction

This story follows the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity. The novel was published first as a serial in Crisis Magazine, then in book form in 1850 when Dickens was 38 years old. Adaptations of David Copperfield include a 1935 film starring Freddie Bartholomew, Basil Rathbone, Lionel Barrymore, and W.C. Fields; a 1970 British television movie featuring performances by Ron Moody, Ralph Richardson, Michael Redgrave, and Laurence Olivier; and a 1999 BBC miniseries starring Daniel Radcliffe.

In Case You Missed It: Here’s Sandy’s reading list from November 2020!

A Time For Mercy by John Grisham | #1 NYT Best Seller | Fiction

A Time For Mercy by John Grisham
.A Time For Mercy

A Time For Mercy finds a court-appointed attorney defending a sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in town want a speedy trial and the death penalty. The story is a richly rewarding novel that is timely and timeless, filled with drama and small-town intrigue.

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The Cost by Maria Bartiromo | World Politics

The Cost by Maria Bartiromo
The Cost

The Cost looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States and China relations as the biggest challenge to corporate America today. The world’s health and wealth depend on the United States’ economic recovery leadership from the pandemic shutdowns.

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The Searcher by Tana French | NYT Best Seller List | Fiction

The Searcher by Tana French
The Searcher

The Searcher follows the story of a middle-aged retired Chicago detective who moves to a remote township in Ireland looking for peace and quiet. The concise descriptions of the Irish countryside introduce the location and scenes of the story. The detective gets swept up into the mystery surrounding a local boy’s disappearance and uncovers layers of darkness, realizing that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.

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The Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell | NYT Best Seller List | Mystery

The Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewel
The Invisible Girl

The Invisible Girl is an insightful, thought-provoking, and well-crafted drama. The story uses multiple viewpoints from a mother and lonely wife, a 17-year-old girl who suddenly disappears, and a 33-year-old suspicious neighbor, all desiring to be “truly seen.”

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Good Night Beautiful by Aimee Molloy | Psychological Thriller

Good Night Beautiful by Aimee Molloy
Good Night Beautiful

Good Night Beautiful is a domestic suspense thriller featuring a newly married woman shaken to the core when her husband suddenly disappears. This mystery ride is filled with twists and turns that successfully lead to the final turn, which is the most thrilling surprise.

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I’ll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg | Memoir

I'll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg
I’ll Be Seeing You

I’ll Be Seeing You charts the passage of a family’s loss from Alzheimer’s disease to the understanding that even in the most fractious times, love can heal, transform, and lead to graceful, grateful acceptance. The family’s transition was difficult, mitigated at least by flashes of humor and joy. The children provided support and direction to the parents who had parented them for so long.

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After The Rain by Alexandra Elle | Self-Improvement

After The Rain by Alexandra Elle
After The Rain

After The Rain delivers 15 Lessons on overcoming obstacles and building confidence by sharing stories from her own remarkable life. This book is an uplifting reminder that there is always sunshine after the rain, helping transform challenging life experiences into life opportunities.

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If you are an Amazon Prime member, you get a free Prime Read each month. Right now, our favorite is the suspenseful thriller Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score.

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