This month's pick: Get in Trouble by Kelly Link, a Pulitzer prize finalist and a collection of short stories in which a writer with a crazy imagination explores inner lies and odd corners of reality. I think this will be a fun way to mix it up (and I'll certainly need some fantasy in my life with the holidays coming up).
Wine (or Cider!)
Let's mix it up in the wine selection, too. Instead of bringing wine this month, bring your favorite hard cider. There's been a huge surge of new and funky ciders, especially in New York State. To avoid that sickly sweet stuff, select something that's on the dry side. Wolffer Estate makes a fantastic one in adorable little bottles. I also love Bad Seed and Farnum Hill has well.