8 Books to Read This November 2018

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8 Books to Read This November

November, tis a season of chunky sweaters and chai tea. Or red wine. And reading! Lots of reading thanks to the sun setting earlier, hygge season, and of course new books (like how I tied that all together?)!

So, get cozy, pause The Haunting of Hill House and try experiencing something new with your eyeballs, a book! From memoirs that'll put your childhood into perspective to historical reminders that as a society, we might not have come as far as we'd hope. Here are 8 books to read this November...


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1. The Day That Went Missing

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We wrote about this book earlier this year in anticipation for the November release. In his heartbreaking memoir, Richard Beard recants the story of his younger brother's untimely death. The book explores the way humans cope with loss and just how powerful denial can be.

2. Bringing Down The Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington

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Journalist, Patricia Miller details the story of Madeline Pollard, a woman who became an unlikely feminist crusader in the Gilded Age. Her story, and subsequent trail, is an important read and sadly, still a common occurrence in modern America. She brought hypocrisy down with tenacity and strength, and became a warrior for herself.

3. Winner Takes All

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I haven't put this book down and for good reason. If you're curious about the people, ahem, men, who rule Las Vegas, Winner Takes All will introduce you to the world of flashy, egomaniacal business moguls. Christina Binkley a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist leads the troops into Las Vegas and unearths Steve Wynn, the tycoon behind such hotels as The Wynn and Encore hotels, amongst others. You'll be captivated by it.

4. Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing

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Christine S. O’Brien details her offbeat childhood in this new November release. O'Brien weaves trauma, disfunction, and food into a cohesive story about her mother, a woman who became obsessed with a diet that was dangerous and reckless, and one she passed onto her children. With chaos at home, O'Brien craved stability, family, and food. After all, hunger comes it many forms.

5. The New Order

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In what feels like the most timely release, The New Order is a new collection of stories that examines American culture over the past two years where violence, bigotry, sexual harassment, and negativity loomed over the country like a cancerous cloud. One story explains the life that began after two students lived through a school shooting, and how that violence affected their lives. Another story depicts a young girl who must balance Hebrew school and regular school that are too, filled with insight and violence. With other stories that hit themes on the head, you'll be intrigued with this book come November 6th.

6. The Best and Bad Things

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1887, Alma Rosales is a detective, smuggler, and spy on the look out for stolen opium. With shifting identities and double crossing, Rosales is woven into various stories and soon they get difficult to keep straight. She has to keep everything in order for fear of being exposed both as a woman, and a spy. Author, Katrina Carrasco has been praised for The Best and Bad Things a new favorite in crime fiction.

7. Fill Me In

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When you were younger did you write in a journal or diary religiously? Have you since found said diary? Have you laughed about the trials and tribulations young you endured? Aren't you sad you don't have more journals from your past to look over nostalgically? Well, Fill Me In, part journal, part game, will have you writing your thoughts, trivia questions, and other fun tidbits, each night. Play it with your friends or give it to a coworker who might need to preserve memories. Written by Kaitlin Olson, Fill Me In might be the therapy you never knew you needed.

8. Insomnia

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Marina Benjamin confronts insomnia, a sleep disorder that is on the rise. Through her personal experience with insomnia, Benjamin details that it can be used for good, as a a vessel for creativity. That when we can't sleep we are granted valuable insight "into the unconscious mind". Interestingly, Insomnia brings attention to the relationship between women and sleep, from Penelope weaving for Odysseus to the stresses that keep modern women awake each night.

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