I can’t believe it’s already October! But this happens to be one of my favorite months. Sweaters and jeans, boots, sleeping with the windows open, bonfires, leaves changing, apple picking, Halloween and most importantly, cozying up with a book and a cuppa. I peruse many places to see what books are coming out and I really DO NOT need to add to my “to be read” list, but I get excited to find new authors to fall in love with and the ones I already love-to release new material. I keep tabs on Edelweiss but also check many bookish sites, Library Journal, BookPage, and my trusty co-workers at the library.
The main point of doing this post at the beginning of each month is to bring awareness to new authors and new literature as well as highlight some of the books I am excited about. Yes, you will also recognize some well established authors returning with their latest feat. One thing I have learned working at the library is: request, request, request! Especially for debut authors and books that don’t get as much hype. Help build up your public library by requesting up and coming and diverse books (James Patterson gets plenty of shelf space).
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond (October 1). This YA fantasy about a sixteen-year-old who wants to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker sounds pretty interesting with magic and mystery thrown in.
Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (October 7). I picked up this YA at BEA this year at Algonquin Press and they were pretty excited about this title dealing with sexuality in a realistic and humorous contemporary.
Lila: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (October 7). Robinson revisits characters from the town of Gilead (from books Gilead and Home) with this new literary beauty that is already being labeled as an American classic.
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (October 7). “From one of contemporary literature’s bestselling, critically acclaimed and beloved authors, a magnificent new novel set in Ireland, about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope.” I had never heard of Tóibín before and then at BEA the line for his book signing snaked around and around. I caught a glimpse of this kind and thoughtful man from Ireland with a beautiful accent who loved talking with his fans. I never grabbed a book but think I will check out this one.
Reunion by Hannah Pittard (October 7). Set over the course of four days, Kate Pulaski returns home by the request of her older siblings for her father’s funeral dealing with family secrets and ties that are difficult to break. And his five ex-wives attend. Should be interesting.
Some Luck by Jane Smiley (October 7). “A heartwarming, deeply engaging new novel-the life and times of an American farm family over three transformative decades-certain to become an instant classic.”
Brood by Chase Novak (October 7). “Two teenagers struggle with a horrific family legacy, and the woman who has adopted them fights for their lives–and her own.”
The Remedy For Love by Bill Roorbach (October 14). Two strangers meet in a convenience store before the “storm of the century”. Man gives woman a ride home and then, you guessed it, they are holed up together, forced to ride out the storm revealing ugly truths about themselves. Hmmm. Peter Heller gave it some decent accolades as did Kirkus, so we will see.
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (October 14) I’m trying to read more mystery and this one sounded really intriguing. Joe is a college student who has to interview a stranger and write a bio. He ends up at a nursing home and meets Carl who is a dying Vietnam veteran but also a convicted murderer. As he reveals his story and circumstances surrounding the crime all hell breaks loose.
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books , Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett (October 16) Historical Fiction/Mystery/British Literature set in an antiquarian bookshop in London with a Jane Austen enthusiast? Sold.
Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk (October 21). Author of Fight Club returns with this humorous thriller about “the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure.” Not sure if I will love it or hate it.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (October 28) I’ve been enjoying my Adult Literary Sci-Fi lately and this one caught my eye. I can’t really explain it, just click on the link for more info. 🙂
And now for some non-fiction:
Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (October 7)
The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig (October 13)
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler (October 28)
And what I am most excited for…..
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore (October 28). I. CAN’T. WAIT. I was the biggest fan of WW back in the day and watched every episode and had a huge crush on Steve Trevor. Yes, I was only 1 when it originally aired but when it went to syndication in the 80s, I was hooked. The alter ego, Paradise Island, the Invisible Plane, the earrings that allowed her to breathe in space, the tiara boomerang, the lasso of truth and oh let’s not forget those bracelets! I promised Shannon from River City Reading that I would display my homemade costume complete with wig (I had the Dorothy Hamill going on) which I proudly wore one Halloween as a young child…but I m still searching. It WILL be posted!!