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November Book Lists Begin to Arrive

Amazon: “Best of the Month

BBC Culture: “10 books to read in November

BookRiot: “Must-Read November New Releases

Bustle: “The 13 Best New Nonfiction Books of November 2017

POPSUGAR: “The 12 Must-Read Books of November

Signature: “The Best Books of November 2017: From Alec Baldwin to John Banville “All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in November

The Verge: “16 science fiction and fantasy books to read this November

Vulture: “8 Comics to Read (and One Comics Movie to Watch) in November

Data Lit

Audible is using data science, reports USA Today, to mine and map romance audiobooks. Their new service will allow readers to skip to specific sections—moments of great banter, the meet cute, and the sex scenes—based on “41 micro-categories and 131 story and character tropes.” While libraries cannot offer Audible services, the ways Audible Romance is thinking about books and readers offers food for thought for RA librarians and catalogers.

A machine writes (sort of) horror stories.

VOX has a map of the most popular book in each state. It is based on user data from Scribd collected from Oct. 1–18.

In further lit tech news, the NYT devotes two stories to a group of English professors who advocate “distant reading” – using computers to count words in “thousands of texts at a time.” It was big news a few years ago but, as the paper points out, has led to only “modest-seeming” results.

Briefly Noted

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a list of “Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War” in The Atlantic, which has given a boost to Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson (Oxford UP).

Entertainment Weekly offers “10 Books to Read If You Love This Is Us.”

USA Today features four new mysteries and crime novels.

The Wall Street Journal has a list of international parenting books.

The NYT reviews Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster). Jennifer Senior is lukewarm (to negative) at times but offers plenty of nods to the high points. Not so Tamar Adler who reviews I Hear She’s a Real Bitch by Jen Agg (Penguin) and finds little to recommend in the buzzy memoir. It is left to reviewer Susan Dunn to nod approvingly through her review of The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman (Random House). She finds it an “illuminating and absorbing political biography … deeply thoughtful … In Feldman’s capable hands, Madison becomes the original embodiment of our ‘living Constitution.’ ”

Michael Dirda reviews The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman in The Washington Post, calling it “wonderfully engaging.” (LJ stars)

Authors on Air: Lindy West, Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman (Hachette) was on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday; PBS’s Nature featured H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter last night; and on Halloween, NPR’s On Point discussed the wolves of Yellowstone with Nate Blakeslee, American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession In the West (Crown: Random House). All three authors saw a bump in sales as a result. Today, Chris Matthews, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit (Simon & Schuster), will be on The View; David France, How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS (Vintage: Random House), is on Late Night With Seth Meyers; Kate Hudson, Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition (Dey Street: HarperCollins), will be on Live With Kelly and Ryan; Gabrielle Union, We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True (Dey Street: HarperCollins) continues Trevor Noah’s author-filled week on The Daily Show; and Alec Baldwin, You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) (Penguin) is on The Tonight Show.

I’ll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck (Tyndale) gets a boosts as the documentary film I’ll Push You: A Real-Life Inspiration opens today.

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