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The Books You Need to Read in November

Five standout new releases of the month-and one old favorite to revisit.
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This month, devour a novel about unchecked ambition, an homage to one of Britain's funniest duos, a history of some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, a compilation of the world's greatest wine writing, and a classic cookbook that might be just what your Thanksgiving needs.

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood

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Karina Longworth, host of the popular podcast You Must Remember This, puts her stunning knowledge of Hollywood’s golden age on the page in this popular history of business titan, philanthropist, and film legend Hughes, told through stories about the women he pursued, including Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner.

The Big-Deal Novel: A Ladder to the Sky

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From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes this tale of ambition and avarice. Maurice Swift is working as a hotel waiter in West Berlin in 1988, but he yearns to be a writer. A chance encounter with a famous German novelist gives him his chance—and sends him on a dark path of literary theft.

The Homage: Jeeves and the King of Clubs

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Ben Schott is a bestselling author and journalist—and an indispensable contributor to T&C—and his latest picks up where P.G. Wodehouse left off in the exploits of Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves. The latest in the long line of Jeeves and Wooster stories, this one follows the pair as they tangle with international intelligence, affairs of the heart, and, as always, the foibles of the British upper class.

The Anthology: Wine Reads

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Our own wine columnist, Jay McInerney, has selected more than 20 pieces of indispensable writing about making, selling, and drinking the world’s best wine for this, ahem, intoxicating compendium. Contributions come from writers including Roald Dahl, Stephanie Danler, A.J. Liebling, Auberon Waugh, and McInerney himself.

The Coffee Table Book: East Meets West: Royal Indian Jewelry from the Al Thani Collection

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Travel back to the days of the Mughal Empire with this exquisite art book, featuring more than 150 pieces of jewelry that date from the 17th Century to the early 20th. The Maharajas (great kings) of India adorned themselves with rubies, emeralds, diamonds and more, and not just with wearable jewelry—weapons were also often gem-studded. The book is published in conjunction with an exhibition, opening November 3, at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.

The Classic: How to Eat

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You’ll need a cookbook around Thanksgiving, and this one from Nigella Lawson—which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year—and is as good as ever. Don’t miss seasonally appropriate recipes like apple butterscotch tart or the baked figs that have become holiday traditions for some of us at T&C.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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