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Here’s what I read in November. Click on each title to read the full book reviews.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton talks about what happened in the 2016 Presidential election. Spoiler alert: she lost.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
A young ingenue gets a job in the big city at a posh restaurant. Much ennui and navel-gazing ensues.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. Strangely, no ennui nor navel-gazing at all ensues. But he does fix a lot of stuff.
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
Greta Wells uses electroconvulsive therapy to move past her depression. Each shock sends her to an alternate life.
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
This nonfiction book argues that we need to let ourselves get bored so that our minds have room to wander and become brilliant.
Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun
Another nonfiction book. This one takes a stark, unrelentingly honest look at marriage. One insight: the first 20 years are the hardest.
I See You by Claire Mackintosh
A busy woman shows up on a stalking website and must figure out if it’s the work of a stalker, if she’s in danger, and who it is.
Bossypants by Tina Fey, Yes Please by Amy Pohler, and Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
I mean, come on. Can it get better than this? This trio of memoirs by funny ladies is a delight, each in their own way.
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
A handful of employees are trapped overnight in Orsk, an Ikea-like store, where they contend with evil ghosts and MDF furniture.
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
A writer writes an overlong ode to his own literary genius, packaging it in a cast of misanthropic, misogynist characters.
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Emma and Cass went missing three years ago. Now, Cass is back and frantic to find Emma. Her family, we find, is less than ideal.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Cyril grows up gay in a country that hates who he is. We spend the entirety of the book in his shoes, but see the changing of a country.
Interesting month for reading, as always. Do you have any good ones you’ve read lately? Let me know! My pile of books to read can always stand to get a little taller.