STARRED REVIEW

Our top 10 books of November 2022

Introducing the 10 most notable books of November, as chosen by BookPage.

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Book jacket image for Berry Song by Michaela Goade
Children's

Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade’s Berry Song leads a trio of picture books that convey stories written and illustrated by Indigenous North Americans, offering insights into cultural practices, history and heritage.

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American History

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Stacy Schiff vividly renders the man some have called the most essential Founding Father: Samuel Adams.

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Book jacket image for Sign Here by Claudia Lux
Fantasy

Sign Here is both a hilarious reimagining of hell as a corporate nightmare and a painfully realistic exploration of morality in the modern world.

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Medicine

This captivating, provocative book from Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee encourages us to imagine how cellular engineering can reshape medicine.

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Book jacket image for Inciting Joy by Ross Gay
Essays

Poet Ross Gay’s powerful sixth book poses two central questions: What incites joy? And more importantly, what does joy incite in us?

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Book jacket image for Liberation Day by George Saunders
Fiction

In his fifth story collection, George Saunders focuses his attention on how, for better or worse, we weigh the moral choices we’re called upon to make and how we live with the consequences.

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Lavender House jacket
Historical Mystery

Mystery lovers will be thoroughly entertained by Lavender House, a thoughtful noir that examines midcentury LGBTQ+ life with a cast of dynamic characters.

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Book jacket image for Half American by Matthew F. Delmont
American History

During World War II, Black Americans had to fight for the right to combat racism abroad because of the racism at home. In Half American, Matthew F. Delmont chronicles that fight.

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Book jacket image for Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Coming of Age

Barbara Kingsolver’s novel is inspired by David Copperfield, but she has made this story her own, and what a joy it is to slip into this world and inhabit it, even with all its challenges.

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Book jacket image for The Consequences by Manuel Munoz
Fiction

Through his story collection, Manuel Muñoz forges a new Latinx narrative, wherein all aspects of Latinx life are displayed with richness and complexity.

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