Best Book Club Picks for November 2020

by Heather Caliendo
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It’s time for the best book club picks for November 2020!

I feel like this year is flying by but also going slowly. Anyone else feel that way? It’s definitely been an odd year but at least we always have books to keep us company!

As always, you can check out my must-read book club picks for 2020 list that features some of the biggest books that published this year.

I’ve started to put together my must-read book club picks for 2021 list and there are a ton of great books coming out next year!! The list is huge right now but I’m going to narrow it down to 20 books. I’ll publish the list in mid-November and can’t wait to share it with you all!

Let’s get into the best book club picks for November 2020.

The Searcher by Tana French

With the weather getting cooler, a well-written mystery sounds fantastic! The Searcher by Tana French is already a bestseller. Here’s the synopsis:

Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.

“One of the greatest crime novelists writing today” (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking how to tell right from wrong in a world where neither is simple, and what we stake on that decision.

You can order the book on Amazon here.


Memorial by Bryan Washington

I got an advanced reader’s copy of Memorial by Bryan Washington several months ago and it’s been on my radar ever since. I was excited to see that Good Morning America picked it for their book club (I really like a lot of their picks). Here’s the synopsis:

Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson’s a Black day care teacher, and they’ve been together for a few years—good years—but now they’re not sure why they’re still a couple. There’s the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other.

But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. Without Mike’s immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realizing he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it.

Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they’ve ever known. And just maybe they’ll all be okay in the end.

You can order the book on Amazon here.


The Transatlantic Book Club by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

The Transatlantic Book Club by Felicity Haynes-McCoy sounds like the ideal book club read for this era – it features a Skype book club!! A lovely read is something we all could use right now. Here’s the synopsis:

Distance makes no difference to love…   

Eager to cheer up her recently widowed gran, Cassie Fitzgerald, visiting from Canada, persuades Lissbeg Library to set up a Skype book club, linking readers on Ireland’s Finfarran Peninsula with the US town of Resolve, home to generations of Finfarran emigrants.

But when the club decides to read a detective novel, old conflicts on both sides of the ocean are exposed and hidden love affairs come to light. As secrets emerge, Cassie fears she may have done more harm than good. Will the truths she uncovers about her granny Pat’s marriage affect her own hopes of finding love? Is Pat, who’s still struggling with the death of her husband, about to fall out with her oldest friend, Mary? Or could the book club itself hold the key to a triumphant transatlantic happy ending? 

The Transatlantic Book Club continues the stories of the residents of the Finfarran Peninsula and introduces readers to new characters who they will surely fall in love with.  

You can order the book on Amazon here.


White Ivy by Susie Yang

If your book club is looking for a thriller with more depth—check out White Ivy by Susie Yang. It sounds really interesting and one of those you’ll read in one sitting. Here’s the synopsis:

Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar—but you’d never know it by looking at her.

Raised outside of Boston, Ivy’s immigrant grandmother relies on Ivy’s mild appearance for cover as she teaches her granddaughter how to pilfer items from yard sales and second-hand shops. Thieving allows Ivy to accumulate the trappings of a suburban teen—and, most importantly, to attract the attention of Gideon Speyer, the golden boy of a wealthy political family. But when Ivy’s mother discovers her trespasses, punishment is swift and Ivy is sent to China, and her dream instantly evaporates.

Years later, Ivy has grown into a poised yet restless young woman, haunted by her conflicting feelings about her upbringing and her family. Back in Boston, when Ivy bumps into Sylvia Speyer, Gideon’s sister, a reconnection with Gideon seems not only inevitable—it feels like fate.

Slowly, Ivy sinks her claws into Gideon and the entire Speyer clan by attending fancy dinners, and weekend getaways to the cape. But just as Ivy is about to have everything she’s ever wanted, a ghost from her past resurfaces, threatening the nearly perfect life she’s worked so hard to build.

Filled with surprising twists and a nuanced exploration of class and race, White Ivy is a glimpse into the dark side of a woman who yearns for success at any cost.

You can order the book on Amazon here.


Just Like You by Nick Hornby

Have you read any of Nick Hornby novels? Or you might have seen the movies—High Fidelity and About a Boy. His novels are funny and full of quick dialogue. Here’s the synopsis for his latest:

Lucy used to handle her adult romantic life according to the script she’d been handed. She met a guy just like herself: same age, same background, same hopes and dreams; they got married and started a family. Too bad he made her miserable. Now, two decades later, she’s a nearly-divorced, forty-one-year-old schoolteacher with two school-aged sons, and there is no script anymore. So when she meets Joseph, she isn’t exactly looking for love–she’s more in the market for a babysitter. Joseph is twenty-two, living at home with his mother, and working several jobs, including the butcher counter where he and Lucy meet. It’s not a match anyone one could have predicted. He’s of a different class, a different culture, and a different generation. But sometimes it turns out that the person who can make you happiest is the one you least expect, though it can take some maneuvering to see it through.

Just Like You is a brilliantly observed, tender, but also brutally funny new novel that gets to the heart of what it means to fall surprisingly and headlong in love with the best possible person–someone you didn’t see coming.

You can order the book on Amazon here.

Hope you enjoyed the best book club picks for November 2020 list. Happy reading!

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2 comments

Marsha Fox November 2, 2020 - 7:24 pm

Our book club is looking forward to having an author come and speak with us. Please let is know if you would like to recommend someone to speak
in Ventura county, CA

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Heather Caliendo November 8, 2020 - 12:36 pm

Hi Marsha! I’m sure there are definitely authors in your area and I know that many across the country will visit via Zoom or Skype. The best bet is to check out the author website and see if they have information on book club visits. Thanks for visiting Book Club Chat!

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