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16 Best Books To Read in October

  • FICTION

    MEMORIAL

    OCT. 27, 2020

FICTION

MEMORIAL

by Bryan Washington

A subtle and moving exploration of love, family, race, and the long, frustrating search for home. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE

    OCT. 6, 2020

FICTION

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE

by V. E. Schwab

Spanning centuries and continents, this is a darkly romantic and suspenseful tale by a writer at the top of her game. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

    OCT. 6, 2020

FICTION

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

by Rumaan Alam

Addressing race, risk, retreat, and the ripple effects of a national emergency, Alam's novel is just in time for this moment. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLACK SUN

    OCT. 13, 2020

  • NONFICTION

    A LIFE ON OUR PLANET

    OCT. 6, 2020

NONFICTION

A LIFE ON OUR PLANET

by David Attenborough with Jonnie Hughes

Anyone concerned with the planet’s ecological future will want to spend time with this excellent book. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TEN LESSONS FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

    OCT. 6, 2020

NONFICTION

TEN LESSONS FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

by Fareed Zakaria

A cleareyed, concise look at current and future affairs offering pertinent points to reflect and debate. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CULTURE WARLORDS

    OCT. 13, 2020

NONFICTION

CULTURE WARLORDS

by Talia Lavin

Righteous indignation meets techie magic to shine light on one of America’s most malignant warts. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    IS THIS ANYTHING?

    OCT. 6, 2020

NONFICTION

IS THIS ANYTHING?

by Jerry Seinfeld

Fans of Seinfeld will eat this up, and aspiring comics will want to study how he shapes his seemingly effortless humor. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE SUFFRAGIST PLAYBOOK

    OCT. 27, 2020

TEEN

THE SUFFRAGIST PLAYBOOK

by Lucinda Robb & Rebecca Boggs Roberts

An outstanding and inspirational guide to women’s history for today’s political activists. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    APPLE

    OCT. 6, 2020

  • TEEN

    THE SHADOW MISSION

    OCT. 6, 2020

  • TEEN

    KINGDOM OF THE WICKED

    OCT. 27, 2020

TEEN

KINGDOM OF THE WICKED

by Kerri Maniscalco

An intoxicating, tightly plotted feast for the senses with a dramatic cliffhanger. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CLASS ACT

    OCT. 6, 2020

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

CLASS ACT

by Jerry Craft ; illustrated by Jerry Craft

A well-Crafted, visually rich, truth-telling tale for our troubled times that affirms the eternal importance of friends. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ALL THIRTEEN

    OCT. 13, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    RISE OF THE HALFLING KING

    NOV. 3, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING

    DEC. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING

by Van Hoang ; illustrated by Nguyen Quang & Kim Lien

At its core, a tale of magic and family strongly grounded in contemporary reality. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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