November, 2015 Book List

November was a fairly quiet month for book publishers so this list is shorter than usual. My book list sources do seem to agree about the best offerings so some titles appear several times. We have offerings from John Irving and David Mitchell, two of my favorites and the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn has a new novel. Two categories have the most titles, mysteries and thrillers, and biographies and memoirs. Soon we will have the results of the Best Books of 2015 surveys which will be presented by all major book sources such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, New York Times, etc. Happy reading. Take a book shopping with you, find a quiet nook at a local establishment and have a little nosh while you finish the next couple of chapters.


Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

Slade House by David Mitchell

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Mare: A Novel by Mary Gaitskill

The Muralist by BA Shapiro

Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

Tightrope by Simon Mawer

Dream House: A Novel by Catherine Armsden

Mystery and Thrillers

The Crossing by Michael Connelly (Bosch)

The Promise by Robert Crais

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Muralist: A Novel by BA Shapiro

Tightrope by Simon Mawer

Beatlebone: A Novel by Kevin Barry

Dark Turn by Cate Holahan

A Blossom of Bright Light by Suzanne Chazin

Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline

Biographies and Memoirs

Notorious RBG – The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Hunger Make Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

Letters to Vera by Brian Boyd and Vladimir Nabokov

David Lynch: the Man from Another Place by Dennis Lim

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Slade House by David Mitchell

Made to Kill: A Novel (LA Trilogy) by Adam Christopher

Here and There by Joshua V Scher

Independent Booksellers

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Career of Evil by John Galbraith (JK Rowling)

Slade House by David Mitchell

A Banquet of Consequences by Elisabeth George (Scotland Yard crime drama)

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (from podcast)

City on Fire by Garth Risk Halberg

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Ella MacNeal

Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Julia’s Daughters by Colleen Faulkner

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

How to Be Both by Ali Smith

10:04 by Ben Lerner

The Peripheral by William Gibson

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell

The Crossing by Michael Connelly

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann

The Golden Age by Jane Smiley

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

The Muralist by BA Shapiro

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Submission by Michael Houellebecq

A Passage to Shambhala by Kevin Costner, John Baird, Rick Ross

All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani

Publisher’s Weekly

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

Memory Theater by Simon Critchley

White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume (P I) (1st book trans. to English)

Calvin by Martine Leavitt (schizophrenia, YA)

Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler by Shigeru Mizuki (candidate for year’s best graphic novel)

The Bassoon King – My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

Leave a Reply