10 Must-Read Books for November

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Before the publishing calendar settles down for the holidays, November is the month for the heavy hitters: big names like Elena Ferrante, Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem.

We’ve got them all on our list for the month, but we balanced them out with some lesser-known gems too, from new translations of cult classic texts to illuminating nonfiction about social issues. Read on.


Frantumaglia; A Writer’s Journey, Elena Ferrante

This collection of interviews and letters from the elusive, but brilliant writer is a gorgeous gift to hardcore Ferrante fever sufferers, full of tidbits about the author’s writing life, her decision to remain anonymous, and the themes in her work, from feminism to family. Although those of us who haven’t read her complete oeuvre would probably do equally as well to pick up one of her novels, Frantumaglia is there for those who need more Ferrante, and need it now.