The New Books Roundup for November 29: Gilmore Girls and YA Fantasy


This week’s new books roundup includes a memoir from one of the stars of Gilmore Girls, which might make an excellent gift for a fan in your life.

Since it’s been less than a week since Black Friday, and Cyber Monday was just yesterday, spare funds for new books may be tough to find. Of course, you can look at these books as gift ideas. If you just happen to thumb through them before wrapping them up, is that really so bad? No, it isn’t.

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Talking as Fast as I Can

With Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life having just appeared on Netflix, there’s no time like the present for Lauren Graham to release a series of essays about her life as Lorelai Gilmore, 9 years ago and today. Of course, she covers the time in between her two stints on Gilmore Girls as well, including an appearance on Project Runway as a guest judge. It includes excerpts from her Year in the Life diary, as well as behind-the-scenes photos. Goodreads reviews say that reading the book feels like having a conversation with Lauren Graham herself. As a gift, give it solo or perhaps pair with Graham’s novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe. Ballantine Books; hardcover, 224 pages; list price: $28.00.

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The Fate of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling series hasn’t gotten its movie series yet. However, the listing for this final book in the trilogy name-checks Katniss Everdeen, which seems like a sign. Speaking of, Erika Johansen’s The Fate of the Tearling picks up where we left off. Kelsea Glynn has already gained the throne, but in order to save her people, she has allowed herself to be captured. Now it’s up to the Mace, head of her guards, to save her. Goodreads reviews call it “stunning”. One reviewer actually stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish. This one’s for the fantasy fans in your life, perhaps in a set with the first two novels. Harper; hardcover, 496 pages; list price: $25.99.

To Capture What We Cannot Keep

With cold weather coming (or already arrived in some places), it’s time to curl up with a nice historical fiction romance or pick it up for a friend who will like it. Beatrice Colin’s To Capture What We Cannot Keep appears to be an excellent choice. Set during the construction of the Eiffel Tower, it details the budding relationship between a Scottish widow and a French engineer, separated by class but in love nevertheless. Goodreads reviews praise its level of historical detail and the intelligence of the romance within. Flatiron Books; hardcover, 304 pages; list price: $25.99.

The Viscount and the Vixen

Just based on its size, this one would probably make a pretty good stocking stuffer. Lorraine Heath’s The Viscount and the Vixen wraps up her Hellions of Havisham series with the tale of the Viscount Locksley and Portia Gladstone. Locke’s father has lost his wife, and he agrees to marry Portia. In order to stop his father’s folly, the viscount resorts to some serious measures—like taking his father’s place in the marriage. It’s a romance novel, so feelings naturally ensue. Goodreads says that Heath’s writing plays perfectly on a reader’s emotions. Avon; mass market paperback, 400 pages; list price: $7.99.

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Also joining the new books out today are the 10th anniversary edition of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy; The Corfu Trilogy, a one-volume edition of the books that inspired The Durrells in Corfu; and Game of Queens, about women in sixteenth-century Europe.

Which new books are first on your reading or gift list this week?