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Your Shelf Life: 5 Books to Read in November

A curated list of this month's top reads

By Angela Carone

Ivy Pochoda’s Wonder Valley is full of twists, grit, and characters living on the margins of contemporary Los Angeles society. Their stories collide when a naked man runs through traffic on the busy 110 freeway.

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner pens his first novel, Heather, the Totality, a compact, menacing tale of a wealthy New York couple, their enchanting daughter, and a violent predator.

Distinguished environmental writer Bill McKibben has published a zany caper about an underground radio show that advocates for secession from the US. Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance includes a glowing blurb from Bernie Sanders.

Like the resurgently popular Handmaid’s Tale, Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God is a dystopian novel centered on women’s fertility. The protagonist is newly pregnant in a devolving world where humans, plants, and animals are mutating back to primitive states.

Myriam Gurba’s memoir, Mean, tells her story of growing up queer and Chicana in a small California town. Gurba tackles issues of race and sexual assault with pointed humor.

Your Shelf Life: 5 Books to Read in November

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