Wednesday November 4th, 2009

A Look Ahead: November

As the fall progresses, the season’s literary crop begins tapering off, but here — a few days late — is a list of some notable books being published this month:

changing-my-mindChanging My Mind by Zadie Smith
A collection of Smith’s nonfiction from the past decade. Nov. 12

Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time by Joseph Frank
A massive one-volume abridgment of Frank’s even more massive five-volume biography of the Russian master. Nov. 8

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
Speaking of Russian masters, a collection of stories translated by the genius husband-wife team of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Nov. 17

Yours Ever: People and Their Letters by Thomas Mallon
Mallon serves as tour guide through ages of correspondence. Full review coming soon. Nov. 10

Generation A by Douglas Coupland
Given the alphabet, you might think this was a prequel to Generation X, but it’s a sequel. Nov. 6

Going Rogue: An American Life “by” Sarah Palin
It’s coming, and there’s really nothing you or I can do about it. Nov. 17

The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov
The notes for Nabokov’s last, unpublished novel, now published as a novel of sorts. Nov. 17

The Country Where No One Ever Dies by Ornela Vorpsi
A debut novel set against the crumbling communist regime of Albania. Nov. 17

Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 by Christopher Andrew
A thousand-page look at the UK’s security and intelligence agency. Nov. 3

Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
A new collection of short stories from the universally acclaimed practitioner of the form. Nov. 17