Patricia’s Fresh Picks for November

phoenixWhen you read about November, it’s usually about the change in the weather and the ever shortening days.  At bedtime the other day I read, “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”

But blustery days aside, November is always an exciting time to be a reader.  All the big names put out their newest offerings just in time for the holiday-buying season.  This month we’ve added new books to our shelves by the ever-popular Wally Lamb (We Are Water) and the newest Inspector Rebus novel, Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin.  But there’s more, much more, including:

Love him or loathe him, James Franco keeps himself busy.  His new novel, Actors Anonymous is perfect for reading on the go because it’s a collection of musings, snippets and random thoughts in the form of a 12-step program for actors.

Anne Rice‘s son Christopher Rice has been a successful author in his own right for quite some time.  I have to confess, however, I haven’t read any of his books because, unlike Joe Hill who has followed in Papa King‘s footsteps quite explicitly, Mr. Rice’s books don’t typically have a supernatural bend.  Until now.  In The Heaven’s Rise*there’s ancient evil lurking in a Louisiana swamp.


Fans of historical fiction, will want to have a look at Kate Furnivall’s Shadows on the Nile, which whisks us away to Egypt in the 1930s.  In the space of 20 years, both of Jessie’s brothers disappear mysteriously.  She’s determined to figure out the connection between their disappearances and might just fall in love along the way.

What new books will you be curling this November?


*Thanks, as always, to NetGalley for keeping me in fabulous e-reads.

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