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New books to read this November

Now that the weather is starting to get colder, leaving the house can be difficult some days. After sitting in class all day and coming home to do more homework, sometimes reading a book is the perfect way to relax. Instead of binge-watching that TV show and suffering from the effects of blue light, pick from this list of five highly anticipated books being released this November. 

The Beautiful Ones: This one technically came out before November, on Oct. 29, but it is so exciting that it is number one on this list. Prince, who may be one of the greatest songwriters, entertainers and cultural icons of the twentieth century, came together with co-writer Dan Piepenbring to tell his coming-of-age story in this autobiography. Unfortunately, Prince had written less than 20 pages of the almost 300-page book before passing away in 2016. Piepenbring was left to uncover the mysterious Prince for himself, and he did so by finding old handwritten song lyrics, captioned photos and personal mementos that Prince had left. In 2004, Prince told a journalist he didn’t do biographies, but overtime something changed. In 2016 he first announced the book, and almost four years later, it is finally here.

Finding Chika: Mitch Albom tells the story of how his family was made in this heartwarming nonfiction being released Nov. 5. Mitch and his wife Janine were operating an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when three-year-old Chika Jeune is brought to them. Jeune was born three days before the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 and lost her mother shortly after during the birth of her baby brother. After living at the orphanage for two years, Jeune is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that can’t be properly treated in Haiti. The Alboms take Chika around the world to find a cure and end up forming a family with an unbreakable bond. Be ready to cry: Publisher’s Weekly described it as an “absolute tearjerker.” 

The Bromance Book Club: Written by Lyssa Kay Adams, this romantic-comedy is set to be released on Nov. 5. The story follows the Nashville Legends second basemen Gavin Scott, who is having some marriage trouble. After Scott finds out that his wife has been faking orgasms their entire relationship, he begins to spiral out of control until his wife asks him for a divorce. In a desperate attempt to salvage his marriage, Scott finds himself in a secret romance book club attended by some of the most prominent men in Nashville, but will the group be able to help Scott get his wife back? New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh described the book as “sweet and funny and emotional” before admitting that she finished it in just one day.

The End is Always Near: This book was also released on Oct. 29, but it sounded too interesting to not make this list. Dan Carlin, creator of the award-winning podcast “Hardcore History,” wrote this book examining the fate of the world’s future based off historic events occurring from the Bronze Age collapse to the nuclear era. Carlin narrates the book through different historic stories, cliff-hangers and questions that will leave readers wondering about human survival. Questions involving humanity's ability to handle the weapons its created and whether technology will ever peak or regress are just a few of the points Carlin makes to answer the ultimate question, will our civilization perish and be wiped away like others have in the past? 

Acid for the Children: Red Hot Chili Peppers co-founder and bassist Michael Balzary, otherwise known as “Flea,” wrote a memoir coming out on Nov. 5. The autobiography follows Flea’s journey throughout his adolescence and shows readers all the things that molded him into the man and musician he is today. After Flea moved to Los Angeles and started attending high school, he met his three best friends, who would later become his bandmates. The musician, who once played a concert naked, narrates stories about the trouble he and his friends used to get into running around L.A., from jumping off roofs into pools to shooting heroin. Flea describes what it is like to be a social outcast and how it led him to finding friends and music that inspired him to become who he is today. 


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