New Book Releases: November 3, 2020

Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

WHITE IVY, Susie Yang. A tense, propulsive character study of a young social climber. “A sophisticated and darkly glittering gem of a debut,” writes Kirkus. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE ENIGMA GAME, Elizabeth Wein. The latest novel in the Code Name Verity universe, about a group of young codebreakers in Scotland during WWII. Bookshop.

TO BE A MAN: STORIES, Nicole Krauss. Short stories from the acclaimed author of Great House and The History of Love. “A collection of wonders,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2020, edited by Curtis Sittenfeld. The latest annual collection of, obviously, the year’s best short stories, including those by Emma Cline, Meng Jin, Mary Gaitskill, Tiphanie Yanique, and Elizabeth McCracken. Bookshop.

SPELLBREAKER, Charlie Holmberg. An orphan with forbidden magical powers makes a deal with an elite magician when he discovers her abilities. When wizards start turning up murdered and spellbooks begin to disappear, she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery before it’s too late. (Out November 1.) Bookshop.

THE BEST OF ME, David Sedaris. The best stories and essays from David Sedaris’s long career. Bookshop.

THE RUSSIAN PINK, Matthew Hart. A gem detective for the CIA goes down a dark rabbit hole investigating how a gigantic rose-colored diamond came to be around the neck of a billionaire presidential candidate’s wife. In a starred review, Kirkus writes that “the author writes with skill, wit, and evident knowledge about the diamond industry.” Bookshop.

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I’m a columnist for OneZero, where I write about the intersection of health & tech. Also seen at Elemental, The Atlantic, VICE, and Vox. Brooklyn, NY.

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