It's that time again, folks! After binge-reading last month's hottest books, we're updating our current reading list with the greatest titles hitting your bookstore shelves and Amazon carts this October. From shockingly good celebrity fiction to a true story about how hundreds of badass women changed the world for the better, here are 12 brand new books you won't be able to put down in October.
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks ($27): When you think of Oscar winner Tom Hanks, you probably think of his iconic roles in Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and Saving Private Ryan. But this October, the dramatic leading man is ditching the big screen for the literary world as he unveils a new collection of 17 short stories. Telling the tales of masterfully crafted characters — from an Eastern European immigrant to a man who rolls a perfect bowling game — this book won't make it on our Christmas lists… because we just can't wait to binge it.
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates ($28): Coming off the heels of the incredibly well-received Between the World and Me and the Black Panther comic book series, Ta-Nehisi Coates is sharing his one-of-a-kind literary gift with us again in this beautiful collection of relevant essay reflections on race, the presidency, and America today.
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak ($26): How would you cope with spending the entire week of Christmas holidays quarantined with your immediate family? When Dr. Olivia Birch comes home from treating an epidemic abroad, she must stay in quarantine with her family for an entire week, despite not seeing them for several years. In the seemingly neverending seven days, the Birches' secrets begin to come out; from health concerns to long-lost relatives, this is going to be a Christmas to remember.
Soonish by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith ($30): If you've ever wondered why we haven't yet perfected the hoverboard or why taking a vacation in space is still out of reach, this is the perfect book for you. Written by a top scientist and the creator of the web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, this incredible book gives readers a snapshot of the technology that's on the horizon (including 3D-printed organs and nuclear fusion powered toasters), why these technologies are necessary, and what the heck is taking them so long to be created.
Endurance by Scott Kelly ($30): Scott Kelly's astronaut credentials are pretty epic: Not only is he a veteran of four spaceflights, but this brave dude actually holds the record for consecutive days spent in space. In his stunning memoir, Kelly recounts his otherworldly voyages in incredible detail and describes the extreme challenges of long-term spaceflight.
Code Girls by Liza Mundy ($28): From Hidden Figures to Lab Girl, we love reading about badass women throughout history who slayed the science world. Now, Liza Mundy retells the story of a hidden army of more than 10 thousand female cryptographers who played an important role in ending World War II.
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor ($17): Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, Jon McGregor's new novel will be prominently displayed in airport shops and bookstores all throughout the holiday season, for sure. Centered around the disappearance of a teenage girl in an English village, this stunning novel spans 13 years after the original tragedy occurred and details every inch of human nature along the way.
Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides ($27): Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides shares his first collection of short fiction with the world this October. From the beautiful account of a young traveler's search for enlightenment in air mail to a high school student who wishes to escape her immigrant family, this beautifully written and densely packed book is a must-read this fall.
The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst ($27): This debut novel by C. Morgan Babst takes us into the heart of Hurricane Katrina as New Orleans natives the Boisdorés must make critical decisions about the impending storm. As the storm quickly takes over the Louisiana coast, the family's eldest daughter refuses to budge from her home and forces her parents to evacuate without her — leaving every member of their fragile family in shambles.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan ($28): Jennifer Egan's first attempt at historical fiction is a home run. After her father has disappeared and the country is at war, Anna Kerrigan works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard as the first female diver, a dangerous occupation that involves repairing American ships. After meeting her father's mysterious friend at a nightclub one night, Anna begins to unravel her father's complicated life… and who knows, she might even uncover the real reason why he vanished all those years ago.
Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan ($29): Author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan spills her most treasured secrets in her newest memoir which details her life from childhood to today. Drawing on vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, family memorabilia, and the incredible knowledge she's gained over her amazing career as a writer, Tan reveals the crannies of her life in a way that both long-time fans and new readers will enjoy.
SHE by Kate Spade New York ($40): This gorgeously illustrated new coffee table book by Kate Spade New York pays tribute to some of the greatest women of our time. Including the profiles of activists like Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisholm, icons like Marilyn Monroe and Nina Simone, and contemporary badasses like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Dolly Parton, this amazing new book is rich with photography, quotes, personal essays, and profiles. Grab one for yourself and save one for a holiday present!
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