This October brings an embarrassment of riches, so let’s get to it. You can’t go wrong with any of these starred titles, an admittedly incomplete list given all the excellent books publishing this month. Check our website for more.
Blitt by Barry Blitt (Oct. 24): “A treasure trove for fans of the New Yorker, political satire, and graphic design.”
Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast (Oct. 3): “Chast’s voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city.”
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Oct. 3): “Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays.”
The Future Is History by Masha Gessen (Oct. 3): “A superb, alarming portrait of a government [Russia] that exercises outsize influence in the modern world, at great human cost.”
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (Oct. 17): “Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes.”
Admissions by Henry Marsh (Oct. 3): “Another thoughtful, painful, utterly fascinating mixture of nut-and-bolts brain surgery with a compassionate, workaholic surgeon’s view of medicine around the world and his own limitations.”
A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo (Oct. 3): “Examining conflicts in four African countries through the eyes of those experiencing and trying to fight them….Cleareyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest.”
The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1, 1940-1956 by Sylvia Plath (Oct. 17): “A literary milestone: essential to any student of Plath’s work and, by extension, of modern literature.”
I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi (Oct. 24): “Taibbi goes behind the scenes of an infamous police killing of an unarmed black man to explore a tragic national phenomenon….Sure to be a fixture on any reading list or curriculum regarding the woeful state of the American criminal justice system.”
Tenements, Towers, & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City by Julia Wertz (Oct. 3): “A delight for New York aficionados. Every city needs a version of this artist and her book.”
Eric Liebetrau is the nonfiction and managing editor.