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Video: November Wrap-Up

  • Watch this November wrap-up and other videos on my Read Remark booktube channel.
  • 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.
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