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16 Best Books to Read This October

  • FICTION

    THE GIVER OF STARS

    OCT. 8, 2019

  • FICTION

    OLIVE, AGAIN

    OCT. 15, 2019

FICTION

OLIVE, AGAIN

by Elizabeth Strout

Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE TOPEKA SCHOOL

    OCT. 1, 2019

FICTION

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL

by Ben Lerner

Autofiction at its smartest and most effective: self-interested, self-interrogating, but never self-involved. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NINTH HOUSE

    OCT. 1, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

NINTH HOUSE

by Leigh Bardugo

With an aura of both enchantment and authenticity, Bardugo’s compulsively readable novel leaves a portal ajar for equally... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE

    OCT. 1, 2019

HISTORY

CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE

by Tom Mueller

Superb reporting on brave people who decided, “It would have been criminal for me not to act.” Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WILD GAME

    OCT. 15, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

WILD GAME

by Adrienne Brodeur

A vivid chronicle of a daughter’s struggle to find herself. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    EDISON

    OCT. 22, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

EDISON

by Edmund Morris

Not only the definitive life, but a tour de force by a master. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    JANIS

    OCT. 22, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

JANIS

by Holly George-Warren

A top-notch biography of one of the greatest performers to emerge from a brilliant era. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    LIGHT IT UP

    OCT. 22, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

LIGHT IT UP

by Kekla Magoon

This companion to a modern classic offers an even deeper, more layered depiction of the impact of a police shooting. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    A HOUSE OF RAGE AND SORROW

    SEPT. 17, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A HOUSE OF RAGE AND SORROW

by Sangu Mandanna

Extraordinarily drawn characters and plot twists will keep readers’ hearts racing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE

    OCT. 22, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE

by Ruta Sepetys

A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience. (author’s note, research and sources, glossary,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA

    OCT. 1, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA

by Julia Drake

A warm, wise, strange meditation on developing the strength to be vulnerable. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HOME IN THE WOODS

    OCT. 1, 2019

CHILDREN'S

HOME IN THE WOODS

by Eliza Wheeler ; illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

A quietly compelling look at an impoverished family’s resourcefulness and resilience. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY

    OCT. 15, 2019

CHILDREN'S

TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY

by Kwame Mbalia

A worthy addition to the diverse array of offerings from Rick Riordan Presents. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SATURDAY

    OCT. 22, 2019

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