Your November Reading List

Emily Calkins of the King County Library System offers binge-able titles that will keep you engrossed through November.

Find these digital titles and more at, or check out a hard copy with KCLS’ Curbside to Go pickup service, now available at most KCLS libraries. Find one near you at

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama 

A Promised Land is the first of two planned presidential memoirs from President Barack Obama. It recounts his early political career and the first part of his presidency, ending with the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. Obama was a writer before he was a politician — his first book, Dreams from My Father, was published to critical acclaim in 1995 — and this memoir promises to be a fascinating and thoughtful look at his historic presidency.

The Writer’s Library by Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager

In this collection of interviews called The Writer’s Library, librarian Nancy Pearl and playwright Jeff Schwager ask writers what they like to read. Their wide-ranging answers capture the sheer joy of reading and discussing books. Each interview ends with a list of titles, so readers will finish the book with a long to-read list of their own.

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

The Ninth Hour is a quiet, deeply moving novel that explores life in an Irish American community in Brooklyn, with a focus on a young widow, her daughter, and the nuns at Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor. Through these indelible characters, McDermott investigates faith, family, and sacrifice.

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