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The Books to Read, the Clothes to Wear, and the TV to Watch This Month

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Bright, poppy flowers and a cozy-cool coat are opposite sides of the seasonal scale, but who doesn’t love a good balancing act? This fuzzy jacket, made in collaboration with maximalist British designer Richard Quinn for the Moncler Genius project, embraces a mod shape while utilizing Quinn’s hallmark prints. With the weather turning and global outlook…
The Books to Read, the Clothes to Wear, and the TV to Watch This Month

Bright, poppy flowers and a cozy-cool coat are opposite sides of the seasonal scale, but who doesn’t love a good balancing act? This fuzzy jacket, made in collaboration with maximalist British designer Richard Quinn for the Moncler Genius project, embraces a mod shape while utilizing Quinn’s hallmark prints. With the weather turning and global outlook less than jolly, the right costuming will teeter your totter. —Daisy Shaw-EllisInvoking the MuseIn Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind (Ecco), a family trip turns ominous; full of wit and sharp observations of race and class, it’s no surprise that the book is getting a film adaptation, set to star Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. Here, Alam reveals his inspirations.Leave the World BehindA Novel by Rumaan AlamFOUR LAST SONGSby Richard Strauss, recorded by Jessye Norman“Im Abendrot” (“At Sunset”) felt particularly resonant to me—mournful as a song about death ought to be, but touched with beauty, which holds, perhaps, the promise of the afterlife.Four Last SongsBy Richard StraussWHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?by Edward AlbeeI was thinking of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in which conviviality among strangers conceals something menacing and difficult, at first, to see clearly.Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?By Edward AlbeeSWIMMING HOMEby Deborah LevyLevy’s books are stubborn and strange and wonderful. This one upends the conventions of the genteel novel of middle-class people on a picturesque vacation, something I aspired to do with my own book.Swimming HomeA Novel by Deborah LevyNotes From the Music MakersThree new books from behind the scenes illuminate the private lives of stage stars.LET LOVE RULE (Henry Holt and Co.)In this wide-ranging memoir, cowritten with David Ritz, Lenny Kravitz (godson of Cicely Tyson) explores his NYC childhood, his music education, and reconnecting with his Bahamian roots.Illustration by Lauren Tamaki.Let Love Ruleby Lenny KravitzTHE MEANING OF MARIAH CAREY (Andy Cohen Books)Written with Michaela Angela Davis over more than three years, Mariah Carey shares never-before-told stories—releasing a corresponding album, The Rarities, to boot.Illustration by Lauren Tamaki.The Meaning of Mariah Careyby Mariah CareyTINA TURNER: THAT’S MY LIFE (Rizzoli)Tina Turner’s personal archive of ephemera and images—shots from a tour bus in Germany, 1987, to a birthday card from designer Bob Mackie—is now available for all.Illustration by Lauren Tamaki.Tina Turner: That’s My LifeBy Tina Turner—Arimeta DiopTerror on TelevisionMost onscreen horror can’t rival this year’s real-world insanity, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to watch. Here, three nail-biters.MONSTERLANDHuluThis anthology series, based on Nathan Ballingrud’s Lovecraftian story collection, North American Lake Monsters, opens with Kaitlyn Dever as a waitress and single mom, whisked off her feet by a stranger with a gory secret.By Barbara Nitke/Hulu.THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYONDAMCIn a two-season spin-off, this coming-of-age story takes place a decade post-apocalypse, and sees two teenage girls grappling with growing up—and zombies!By Jackson Lee Davis/AMC.THE SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATEABC, CBS, NBC, Fox“I have a winning temperament,” Trump bellowed on the 2016 presidential debate stage. This election cycle has the biggest monster running scared.By Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.By Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images.More Great Stories From Vanity Fair— Monica Lewinsky on the Pandemic’s Forgotten F-Word— Why Harry and Meghan Won’t Spend Christmas With the Queen— What One Book Critic Learned by Reading 150 Trump Books— How Ghislaine Maxwell Recruited Young Girls for Jeffrey Epstein— More Details Emerge on Prince Harry and Prince William’s “Bitter Explosion”— Tracing Photographer Richard Avedon’s Bohemian Coming of Age— From the Archive: The Mysteries of Princess Diana’s Fatal Car Crash— Not a subscriber? Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.Read More

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