10 November 2017 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To

Ten November 2017 Book Release I'm Looking Forward To On Novels And Nonfiction

Every month, I pick 5 nonfiction and 5 fiction books being released that month that sound like good reads to me, based on my personal preference in topics and genres, as well as advance reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

In this month’s list, I’m definitely most excited about Prairie Fires on the nonfiction side and Artemis on the fiction side. I’ve already requested both on Net Galley and have reviews scheduled for later in the month. Other picks from this list that are still available for request on Net Galley (for the bloggers out there) are Little Broken Things and The Story Of Arthur Truluv.

Hopefully you find something here that catches your eye!

Nonfiction Release On Novels And Nonfiction

Prairie Fires Book Release On Novels And Nonfiction

Prairie Fires

by Caroline Fraser

Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Length In Hardcover: 640 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.47


Plot TeaserMillions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls–the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told.  Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser–the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series–masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography.

Why I'm InterestedLaura Ingalls Wilder was definitely my favorite author growing up. As problematic as her books seem to the modern eye, I just loved the stories about little Laura and her life surrounded by the American frontier. I actually somehow still don’t know much about the writer herself, and this biography looks like a good chance to get more informed. I’ve already requested it on Net Galley.

LineQueen Victoria's Matchmaking Book Release On Novels And NonfictionQueen Victoria’s Matchmaking

by Deborah Cadbury

Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Length In Hardcover: 416 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.03

HardcoverPlot TeaserBy the 1890s, Queen Victoria had over thirty grandchildren, and to maintain British royal power she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe. This book travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Russia and Europe, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged.

Why I'm InterestedQueen Victoria will never cease to fascinate me, as demonstrated by this nonfiction to fiction book pairing I posted about her last year. I knew she had a ton of grandchildren and that they ended up dispersed in the various royal families of Europe, but I was hazy on the details. I’d love to find the time to read this book because it sounds chock-full of juicy royal gossip.

LineThe Newcomers Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe Newcomers

by Helen Thorpe

Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: Scribner
Length In Hardcover: 416 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.33


Plot TeaserThe Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado, in an English Language Acquisition class created specifically for them. Speaking no English, unfamiliar with American culture, their stories are poignant and remarkable as they face the enormous challenge of adapting. With the US at a political crossroads around questions of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage, The Newcomers is a transformative take on these timely, important issues.

Why I'm InterestedThis is clearly a very important and current topic, and I have at least one other book on immigration and refugees that has been on my TBR list for a bit (The New Odyssey by Patricia Kingsley). I may continue gathering titles and then put together a short book list on the topic once I’ve read a few.

LineBlack Tudors Book Release On Novels And NonfictionBlack Tudors

by Miranda Kaufmann

Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: OneWorld Publications
Length In Hardcover: 376 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.0

Plot TeaserA black porter publicly whips a white English gentleman in a Gloucestershire manor house. A heavily pregnant African woman is abandoned on an Indonesian island by Sir Francis Drake. A Mauritanian diver is despatched to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose… Miranda Kaufmann reveals the absorbing stories of some of the Africans who lived free in Tudor England.  Their stories, brought viscerally to life by Kaufmann, provide unprecedented insights into how Africans came to be in Tudor England, what they did there and how they were treated.

Why I'm InterestedI’ve read a lot about Tudor England, but primarily focusing on its royal families (and especially on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I). I had no idea that African people lived in Tudor England as free men and women, and I’m so curious to learn more about the way in which they were treated at the time and the historical implications of their presence.

LineSpineless Book Release On Novels And NonfictionSpineless

by Juli Berwald

Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Goodreads Rating: 4.15


Plot TeaserJellyfish are an enigma. They have no centralized brain, but they see and feel and react to their environment in complex ways. Long ignored by science, they may be a key to ecosystem stability. Berwald’s desire to understand jellyfish takes her on a scientific odyssey. She travels the globe to meet the scientists who devote their careers to jellies; hitches rides on Japanese fishing boats to see giant jellyfish in the wild; raises jellyfish in her dining room; and throughout it all marvels at the complexity of these fascinating and ominous biological wonders.

Why I'm InterestedWhat’s cooler than jellyfish? Not much right? Well how about a whole book about jellyfish? That’s pretty much what I was thinking when I saw this new release and realized that I know woefully little about this most mysterious of animals. Their capabilities sound amazing and I definitely want to learn more.

Fiction Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

 A Tangled Mercy Book Release On Novels And NonfictionA Tangled Mercy

by Joy Jordan-Lake

Publication Date: November 1st 2017
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Length In Hardcover: 464 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.29


Plot TeaserAfter the sudden death of her troubled mother, struggling Harvard grad student Kate Drayton walks out on her lecture—and her entire New England life. Haunted by unanswered questions and her own uncertain future, she flees to Charleston, South Carolina, the place where her parents met. Kate is determined to unearth groundbreaking information on a failed 1822 slave revolt—the subject of her mother’s own research. Kate’s attempts are derailed by a horrific massacre in a landmark church.

Why I'm InterestedI’m really curious about the way in which this book ties into its fictional story a horrifying actual event from the past year – the Charleston church massacre. Based on the early reviews, it seems that this real-life occurrence is treated very poignantly and woven in a thoughtful way into the narrative.

LineThe House By The River Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe House By The River

by Lena Manta

Publication Date: November 1st 2017
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Length In Paperback: 544 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.93


Plot Teaser
The first novel by acclaimed Greek writer Lena Manta to appear in English translation, The House by the River is an intimate, emotionally powerful saga following five young women as they realize that no matter the men they choose, the careers they pursue, or the children they raise, the only constant is home.

Why I'm InterestedThis was actually my Kindle First pick for October. The Kindle First program allows you to pick a book out of six titles each month and receive it for free on your kindle ahead of its release. I went with The House By The River because I’m trying to read more books from contemporary European authors and Greek writer Lena Manta fits the bill.

LineArtemis Book Release On Novels And NonfictionArtemis

by Andy Weir

Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing group
Length In Hardcover: 384 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.87


Plot TeaserJazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.

Why I'm InterestedI have a confession to make. The Martian is still sitting forlornly somewhere in my physical TBR pile after I bought a discounted copy of it on Book Outlet. I’ve decided to review my ARC of Artemis from Net Galley and The Martian together in an Author Spotlight of Andy Weir in mid-November.

LineLittle Broken Things Book Release On Novels And NonfictionLittle Broken Things

by Nicole Baart

Publication Date: November 21st 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Length In Paperback: 368 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.7


Plot TeaserAn engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl. I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Why I'm InterestedI’ve read most of Liane Moriarty’s novels so it’s good to know that Nicole Baart might be a good option for a similar blend of chick lit and mystery. The teaser makes Little Broken Things sound a bit more dark than your typical Moriarty novel, and I guess there’s only one way to find out how similar their writing really is.

LineThe Story Of Arthur Truluv Book Release On Novels And NonfictionThe Story Of Arthur Truluv

by Elizabeth Berg

Publication Date: November 21st 2017
Publisher: Random House
Length In Hardcover: 240 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.09


Plot TeaserA moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship and Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family.

Why I'm InterestedThe Story Of Arthur Truluv seems to have the kind of heartwarming plot for which everyone raves about A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. A similarly unexpected friendship loosening up odd characters. It sounds endearing and like a good break between hard-hitting nonfiction and creepy thrillers.

LineWhich of these October 2017 Releases are you most interested to read? Let me know in the comments!

You can also take a look at my Summer 2017 Wrap-Up for a list of books I reviewed this past season, and here is my list from October 2017 as well.

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  18 comments for “10 November 2017 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To

  1. October 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Prairie Fires sounds like a must-read for a Little House fan. I read the series more times than I can count as a kid. While parts are definitely problematic, I still hope to introduce them to my kids (and discuss those parts).

    I’m also looking forward to reading Caroline, by Sarah Miller. It’s historical fiction focusing on “Ma” Ingalls–I think it would be a good pairing with Prairie Fires 🙂

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    • October 30, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Oh I didn’t know about Caroline! I’ll look it up. Maybe it would be a good opportunity for a fiction to nonfiction book pairing, though I have so much reading to do before my Prairie Fires review that I doubt I’d get to both of them 🙂 Thanks for the tip!


  2. October 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Black Tudors sounds fascinating! I was aware that there were African people living in Tudor England, but you certainly don’t usually hear about them. I’ll have to look out for that book.


  3. October 31, 2017 at 6:01 am

    A tangled mercy sounds great! I have Artemis so let’s see!


  4. November 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Black Tudors sounds absolutely fascinating! Definitely going to add that to the TBR 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. November 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    If it isn’t what I’ve come to call hip-history (snarky, jokey, wink-wink comments in the writing) then Queen Victoria is for sure. I just did a 2 book review on books revisiting Little House so that will wait a while. The Liane-type book sounds great as an audio for my commute. Great list!

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