For me, November is a month for reads that take me to other places, to other times, and the books I am most looking forward to meet that goal. This month's books take us from a snowed in mountaintop to Belfast during the Troubles. There is nothing like traveling the world and time in between the pages of a good book.
Friends, Loves, and the Big Terrible Thing - Matthew Perry - (Publication Date: November 1, 2022): Matthew Perry has led quite a life. Perry describes his time working on the number one show of the 90s, Friends, all the while dealing with the disease of addiction. Matthew Perry is hurtfully honest in this memoir and is one people have been looking for. As noted in the Goodreads blurb, this is the book fans have been waiting for.
Going Rouge: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine - Janet Evanovich - (Publication Date: November 1, 2022): This is the 29th book in the Stephanie Plum series based in Chambersburg, New Jersey. Stephanie Plum is a bail bondswoman who works for her sleazy cousin Vinnie. When Stephanie shows up at the office on a Monday she notices that Connie, the ever present receptionist, is missing. When they receive a call from Connie's abductor, Stephanie is sent on a race for a mysterious coin or Connie will lose her life.
The Cloisters – Katy Hays (Publication Date November 1, 2022): The Cloisters of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art have always been the victim of rumors and stories of mysterious items held within. Ann Stilwell expects to spend her summer as an intern at the Met but is sent to work at The Cloisters where she discovers an old and mysterious set of tarot cards and looks for answers as to whether they truly can tell the future. This debut novel is one that will definitely have you wondering what is next.
Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire’s Wife, and the Murder of the Century – Roseanne Montillo (Publication Date: November 1, 2022): Truman Capote becomes obsessed with the sensational murder of Billy Woodward by Ann Woodward who claims she believed him to be a prowler. She is not believed due to the fact that she rose from a showgirl to a popular socialite. Capote determined that this story would be the basis for his newest novel and he would learn all there was to learn about the marriage.
Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six – Lisa Unger(Publication Date: November 8, 2022): Three couples rent a cabin in the mountains for a weekend getaway thinking it would be exactly what they needed only there is a massive storm coming and they are snowed in with the cabin's owner who seems a little too into his visitors and the chef who tells the group about the mysterious past of the location. The group must not get through the weekend despite their doubts about their host and each other.
Trespasses – Louise Kennedy (Publication Date: November 8, 2022): Cushla lives in Belfast during The Troubles and meets a lawyer named Michael who defends IRA members. Despite their obvious differences such as religion, age, and relationship status, Cushla is drawn into Michael's world. When a student's father is beaten, Cushla's world is upended as she tries to keep those she loves safe. This is a drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Lindbergh Nanny - Mariah Fredericks (Publication Date: November 15, 2022): Charles Lindbergh Jr is kidnapped and everyone in the home is a suspect - especially his nanny, Betty Gow. She was the last person to see little Charlie and is repeatedly questioned on her past and the events of the evening in question. They delve into her past in order to make her look guilty until they receive proof that there is no way it could be her. I have recently read this book and you can read my review here.
Defending Alice – Richard Stratton (Publication Date: November 22, 2022): Set in New York City during the Roaring 20s, Alice Jones, a Blue woman meaning she has at least one African-American parent, marries socialite Leonard "Kip" Rhinelander. Rhinelander later sues Jones for an annulment claiming that she hid the fact that she was part African-American. This story reimagines how the couple met, their relationship, marriage, and ultimate divorce.