The Best New Books to Read This Month

Whether you’re looking for a captivating novel, a fascinating investigation, or a poignant memoir, October has something for everyone. Here are ten new releases that caught our eye this month.

1

Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green

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John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska) returns with this highly anticipated novel about Aza, a 16-year-old girl living with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who begins investigating the disappearance of a local billionaire fugitive. With the heart-wrenching style that made his previous books famous, Green sets out to address childhood mental illness, a topic he has said is very personal.

To buy: $18; amazon.com.

Available October 10.


2

The Sun and Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur

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October is a great month for poetry, with Mary Oliver releasing a collection of selected works from her lifetime (Devotions.) In addition, the bestselling milk and honey author is back with a second collection of poems and illustrations. Split into five sections that reflect the poems within them (wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming) this moving collection about growth and transformation will touch readers at all walks of life.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

Available October 3.


3

Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind, by Jaime Lowe

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Part memoir and part investigation, this compelling book will introduce readers into the controversial world of lithium, a medication frequently used to treat bipolar disorder. In this vulnerable memoir, Lowe confronts the manic episodes she suffered in her youth and her journey to accept the negative, long-term effects of the medication that was supposed to save her.

To buy: $18; amazon.com.

Available October 3.



4

The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel, by Liv Constantine

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This haunting psychological thriller is a debut from sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Amber Patterson envies the rich people she lives near and sets out to befriend real-estate mogul Jackson Parrish and his socialite wife, Daphne. Throughout this engrossing story, Amber tries to replace Daphne and become the woman she always wished to be, while hiding the skeletons in her own closet.  

To buy: $18; amazon.com.

Available October 17.


5

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather, by Linda Åkeson McGurk

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After moving to Indiana with her family, Linda Åkeson McGurk began to notice dramatic differences in the way American kids played—most obviously, that as soon as there was a hint of bad weather, the kids would all be inside. A stark believer in the idiom, “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes,” she believed that spending time outdoors with her kids was essential to their development. This fascinating book introduces American readers to the Scandinavian parenting philosophy and portrays the benefits of a life lived mostly outdoors.

To buy: $16; amazon.com.

Available October 3.


6

Uncommon Type: Stories, by Tom Hanks

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Fans of Tom Hanks will love this collection of 17 short stories from the actor-turned-author. From an immigrant pursuing the illusive American Dream to a recent divorcee trying to avoid the unwanted advances from a neighbor, each story is filled with warmth and humor.

To buy: $18; amazon.com.

Available October 17.



7

The House That Pinterest Built, by Diane Keaton

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When Diane Keaton started building a new house, she turned to Pinterest for tips and inspiration. In this gorgeous book of photographs, readers will be able to follow the creation of her home, from the Pinterest boards where she drew inspiration to the physical boards that build the home. Also included are photos from her previous homes, and the stories behind every detail—from the lights fixtures to the color schemes.

To buy: $55; amazon.com.

Available October 10.


8

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches, by John Hodgman

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This hilarious memoir from actor and writer John Hodgman is a collection of stories from his childhood growing up in Western Massachusetts and Maine. In these reflective essays, he discusses unsuccessfully growing facial hair, the cruelty of wildlife, and being an only child. In his signature deadpan and self-deprecating tone, both fans of Hodgman and those unfamiliar with him will laugh from cover to cover.

To buy: $15; amazon.com.

Available October 24.


9

The Floating World, by C. Morgan Babst

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Author C. Morgan Babst evacuated New Orleans just one day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, and in this novel she tells the story of a family piecing their lives back together after the storm’s devastation. Del Boisdoré’s sister, Cora, went missing in the storm. While searching for answers, she soon realizes that, in many ways, the city was to blame for the widespread destruction. This unforgettable and timely novel tells the story of those who lost everything in the hurricane and the lives they sought to rebuild.   

To buy: $18; amazon.com.

Available October 17.



10

In the Midst of Winter, by Isabel Allende

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The lives of three unlikely people—two elderly professors and Evelyn Ortega, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—end up bound together when Evelyn shows up at the professors’ brownstone asking for help after a car accident. Connected by this secret, the three begin to learn more about the tragedies in each other’s pasts and the events that forced Evelyn and Lucia, one of the professors, to leave their homes and start new lives in America. Part-drama and part-love story, this moving novel is a must-read.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

Available October 31.