The Best November Reads According to Our Editors
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The #CoveteurBookClub has been going strong for a while now (six months, to be exact. You can play catch up here). And while we took a bit of a reading hiatus to go launch our first foray into print and go on our book tour, all while re-reading The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style, we’re officially ready to start back up again with our own personal page turning. And just in time, for the arrival of November and chillier weather, which has us running home every night, ready to light some candles, pour a baller bath, and just veg out, book in hand. Without further ado, all the books our team is reading this month—and where they’re taking them, too, whether near (their apartment) or far (a 14-hour flight to India).
“Everyone whose opinion I respect (and who knows my literary taste) has recommended Homegoing to me. The novel is a historical epic told on a personal scale, starting with two African sisters separated by slavery—each subsequent chapter follows a new generation of their families and the reverberations of their trauma. By the sounds of it, it’s the perfectly dense, page-turning story that will get me through a looming 14-hour flight to India.” —Emily Ramshaw, Senior Editor
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
“I recently finished some pretty heavy books, so I feel like picking up Chang’s debut comedic novel, The Wangs vs. the World, which chronicles a wealthy Chinese-American family’s rise and fall, is just the guilty-pleasure read I need, now that cozy fall weekends are fully upon us (side note: this really just means I’m locking myself up in my apartment drinking wine and reading all Sunday long). ” — Alicia Cesaro, Senior Editor
You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris
“You Will Not Have My Hate revolves around one man’s viral reactionary Facebook post to his wife’s murder during the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015. It’s going to be heavy and sad, of course, so keep that in mind when deciding when and where to read it—but the hopeful message is clear and one that everyone can get behind.” — Andee Olson, Site Director
“I was never one to take on a self-help book—even in the most daunting of waiting rooms. But good old Amazon, which knows more about my dental hygiene regimen than my dentist, suggested I read #GirlBoss, by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. Much like its title suggests, it outlines Amoruso’s rags-to-riches story through tips and tricks that anyone looking to make it in their career can learn from. Self-help books are totally my thing now.” — Bonnie Azoulay, Editorial Intern
The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger
“Before you even start on me, I get it, I’m late to the game. But for whatever reason, I never had this book assigned to me in high school. I acquired a copy of this book recently at an event I attended and decided to give it a read. I wouldn’t have guessed that I would have liked it as much as I do—I can hardly put it down. Who knew I would be so into a book where a 16-year-old boy is narrating a few days in his life? I’m definitely pleased with my decision to read it after all these years.” — Jodi Taylor, Assistant Editor
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
“I started this book two nights ago, and am dying to go home, snuggle up, and read. I’m not totally sure what it’s about yet, but the writing is so funny and sharp, I’m completely sucked in.”—Laurel Pantin, Editorial Director