Too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving? Never, I say! I love that time of year. And I realize that this probably sounds as corny as all get-out, but high on my list of things I am grateful for (beyond all you Bookies and your wonderfully smart posts and insights) is the abundance of good books to read. To wit: the quartet in this month’s poll. November leader Lygeia Grace—you may remember Lygeia spearheaded our December 2009 discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—has mixed nonfiction with fiction, classics with new novels, including our almost winner from October. Have a look, then cast your vote: The poll is open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 24.
The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal
A fascinating, twisting memoir of one staggeringly wealthy European family and its fortunes, as embodied by the tiny, intricate Japanese carvings they collected and cherished.
Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
The exquisite Cather’s novel of faith and determination set in the New Mexico of the 1850s is a classic of American literature.
Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
In a debut as sparkling as the champagne his characters sip with abandon, Towles intertwines the fates of his three witty, good-looking main characters as they navigate sophisticated New York society circa 1938.
The Heights, by Peter Hedges
In October’s first runner-up, an attractive, young married-with-children couple have the perfect life—or do they? The two main characters take turns narrating, chapter by chapter, the complications that ensue when a beautiful stranger moves into their neighborhood.