Did you know that October is the single biggest book month of the year? It seems a good month to feature a handful of highly anticipated releases for a variety of reading tastes.
Find Me, by Andre Aciman
In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the 2007 worldwide bestselling novel turned Oscar-nominated movie, Call Me by Your Name, revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting. Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants, by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and A Walk in the Woods, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.
Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel, by Lee Child
In the next highly anticipated installment of Lee Child’s acclaimed suspense series, Jack Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple . . . and confronts his most dangerous opponents yet. “This is a random universe,” Reacher says. “Once in a blue moon, things turn out just right.” This isn’t one of those times. Says Ken Follett: “Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of.”
Full Throttle, by Joe Hill
In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In The Tall Grass,” one of two stories co-written with Stephen King and the basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix. Called “compulsively readable” by Library Journal.
Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth, by Rachel Maddow
With her trademark black humor, the Emmy Award-winning host of her eponymous MSNBC show, takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, with her eye on Big Oil and Gas, revealing their greed and incompetence while exposing the corruption and havoc it has spread—polluting the environment, weakening democracies, and keeping autocrats in power. She also draws a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election.
Cilka’s Journey, by Heather Morris
From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on a riveting true story of love and resilience. Her beauty saved her — and condemned her. From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the strength of the human spirit—and the will we have to survive.
The Giver of Stars, by Jo Jo Moyes
Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium. Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond. This is soon to be a major motion picture!
The Fountains of Silence, by Ruth Sepetys
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship. Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain. Sepetys is considered a "crossover" novelist, as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide.
Olive Again, by Elizabeth Strout
#1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved grouch Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Strout’s stories form a cohesive novel, both sequel and culmination, that capture, with humor, compassion, and embarrassing detail, aging, loss, loneliness, and love. Strout again demonstrates her gift for zeroing in on ordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people to highlight their extraordinary resilience.
Written by Linda Kass
About the author: I began my career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications and am now an assistant editor for Narrative, an online literary magazine. My debut novel, Tasa’s Song, was inspired by my mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War. It won a Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction from the Independent Publisher Award Program and was a 2016 Foreword INDIES Award Finalist. I am also the proud owner of Gramercy Books, serving all of central Ohio!
Learn more about me on my personal website.