We’re hurtling toward the end of the year, but there are still numerous note-worthy stops along the way. The busy
months ahead include NaNoWriMo, holiday madness, and even Tamagotchis returning stateside. Better still, there is some great fall reading, including the many outstanding nonfiction books due out in November.
Like many readers, I look forward to hunkering down each fall and making serious progress on my TBR. There is just something special about autumn nights with good books. The only thing you have to worry about is what title to move on to next — a problem easily solved by this list. November has an abundance work worthy of your reading time, and I’ve rounded up a baker’s dozen of particularly great options in the nonfiction category.
Just what, you ask, makes the month’s new releases so exceptional? Many of them are extremely relevant and timely. You can read about everything from
how to avoid the dangers of social media to what it’s like to come to the United States as a refugee. And you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.
Start taking notes, because you shouldn’t miss out on reading the 13 nonfiction books below.
'Kids These Days' by Malcolm Harris (Nov. 7; Little, Brown and Company)
Millennials often get a bad rap, and it’s
not always fair. Thankfully, Malcolm Harris is here to take on misconceptions with Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. His book shows what it is really like to be a part of the much-discussed generation, shining a light on some very interesting (albeit sometimes bleak) realities and trends. Click here to buy.
'A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug' by Sarah Lacy (Nov. 14; HarperBusiness)
Whether or not you’re a mother, you should read
A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman’s Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy. Sarah Lacy uses academic research to examine stereotypes about mothers as well as show why we should view them differently. You’ll be inspired by the power of moms around the world. Click here to buy.
'The Last Girl' by Nadia Murad (Nov. 7; Tim Duggan Books)
'The Newcomers' by Helen Thorpe (Nov. 14; Scribner)
Helen Thorpe shares the
experiences of 22 immigrant and refugee teenagers in The Newcomers: Learning a New Language and Making a New Home in a Place Called America. Her book follows the teens through an academic year at their Denver high school. If you’re not moved by their stories of learning English, becoming immersed in American culture, and adapting to an entirely different life, then you’re probably dead inside. Click here to buy.
'Promise Me, Dad' by Joe Biden (Nov. 14; Flatiron Books)
'The Art of Misdiagnosis' by Gayle Brandeis (Nov. 14; Beacon Press)
The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide, Gayle Brandeis writes about digging into her mom’s life following her death. Specifically, Brandeis shares her attempts to determine what motivated her mother to kill herself. It’s a complex and captivating memoir that touches on motherhood, mental health, and love, among other relatable issues. Click here to buy.
'Mean' by Myriam Gurba (Nov. 14; Coffee House Press)
Both funny and dark,
Mean by Myriam Gurba recounts what it was like growing up as a queer, mixed-race Chicana in California in the ’80s and ’90s. Her experience involves sexual assault, racism, homophobia, and more, but she still manages to find the humor. You’ll find plenty of wit and candor. Click here to buy.
'Think Before You Like' by Guy P. Harrison (Nov. 14; Prometheus Books)
Guy P. Harrison tackles a
subject that affects virtually all of us in Think Before You Like: Social Media’s Effect and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed. There is no denying that he delivers some worrisome information, but the good news is that he doesn’t try to warn us off of social media; instead, Harrison shows how we can use it more wisely to minimize the drawbacks and threats. Click here to buy.
'A World Without “Whom”' by Emmy J. Favilla (Nov. 14; Bloomsbury USA)
The internet has brought a range of changes to society, not least of all to
our communication. Emmy J. Favilla explores this particular evolution in A World Without “Whom”: The Essential Guide to Language in the Buzzfeed Age. In true internet style, she incorporates fun emojis, quizzes, and more into her book. Click here to buy.
'Where the Wild Coffee Grows' by Jeff Koehler (Nov. 14; Bloomsbury USA)
'Prairie Fires' by Caroline Fraser (Nov. 21; Metropolitan Books)
'Feeding My Mother' by Jann Arden (Nov. 21; Random House Canada)
The Lion King taught us, the circle of life moves us all, which sometimes means we become our parents’ caretakers. Jann Arden opens up about that role reversal in her touching new memoir, Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss. She conveys the challenges of the situation while incorporating heart-warming highs. Click here to buy.
'Immune' by Catherine Carver (Nov. 21; Bloomsbury Sigma)
'Radical Happiness' by Lynne Segal (Nov. 28; Verso)