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Starting tonight and going through November, National Novel Writing Month, come in to be surrounded by fellow writers and work in a quiet place with no shortage of resources and research material.

Books to Film: November Releases

Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura

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When it comes out: November 3
What the book is about: Set in feudal Japan, this is the story of Manji, a wandering samurai cursed with immortality. Manji must travel the land until he kills 1,000 evil men in battle, only then may he be allowed to die with honor and rest. On his travels he meets Rin, a girl who is looking to avenge the murder of her family, and the two decided that they might be able to help one another achieve their goals.

Last Flag Flying by Darryl Ponicsan

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When it comes out: November 3
What the book is about: Two Navy lifers and the hapless sailor they escorted to prison reunite nearly 35 years later in this sequel to the underground classic The Last Detail. The last time Billy “Bad-Ass” Buddusky saw his old mate Mule Mulhall, they were showing their young charge, Larry Meadows, an unforgettable time on the government’s dime in protest of his unfairly long sentence. Now, three decades later, they embark on a road trip of a different kind. Larry has come to Billy’s bar in Norfolk, VA, to round up him and Mule so they can complete one final mission; to help Larry bury his son, a marine killed in Iraq under dubious circumstances.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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When it comes out: November 10
What the book is about: Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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When it comes out: November 17
What the book is about: Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

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When it comes out: November 17
What the book is about: Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, she is trapped inside her family’s one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and Parvana realizes that it’s up to her to become the “breadwinner” and disguise herself as a boy to support her mother, two sisters, and baby brother. Set in the early years of the Taliban regime, this topical novel for middle readers explores the harsh realities of life for girls and women in modern-day Afghanistan.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

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When it comes out: November 17
What the book is about: It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi Delta farm – a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family’s struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura’s brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not – charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

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When it comes out: November 24
What the book is about: This story is about the sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance that marks them for a lifetime.