October is Here

by on October 3rd, 2015

This October is shaping up to be an exciting month for books. Not only are we currently celebrating the Iowa City Book Festival this weekend, but the list of authors who have new books this month is impressive. Want proof? Here is a selection of what’s coming out this month:

October 6

mtrain Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Clasp by Sloane Crosley

M Train by Patti Smith

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

October 13

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann

October 15

Autobiography of Mark Twain, v. 3

October 20

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

October 27

slade  After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Slade House by David Mitchell

However, it is these books that are on my holds list:

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States—Sarah Vowell (October 20)

lafayetteYay, Sarah Vowell has a new book! Vowell writes for the curious American history lovers and is incredibly funny. Her books, ranging from the colonial history of Hawaii to presidential assassinations, are detailed, packed with interesting connections, and sometimes leave me a little unsettled. Her next subject: the Marquis de Lafayette.

 The Witches: Salem, 1692—Stacy Schiff (October 27)

witchesTwo people have asked me if we really need another book about the Salem Witch Trials and my answer is an emphatic “yes.” It is an ever fascinating, speculative, shameful event perpetrated by a people who declared themselves “a city on a hill.” Schiff always brings the best of both worlds to writing: solid research and beautiful prose. For a preview of the upcoming book, The New Yorker published some selections.

Career of Evil—Robert Galbraith (October 20)

careerI will read anything that J.K. Rowling writes. Well, I never finished a Casual Vacancy, but that’s only because I didn’t like any of the characters. But, I’m enjoying the Cormoran Strike mysteries. Sure, I wish Robin was a little more flushed out as a character and the plots wrap up a little too neatly, but they’re fun.

What will November bring?

6 Responses to “October is Here”

  1. Melody says:

    I’m looking forward to Terry Gilliam’s Gilliamesque, which comes out on October 20th. Just in time for his October 23rd visit to the IMU for the Lecture Committee’s fall lineup! http://alec.icpl.org/record=b1462880

  2. Melody says:

    Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower comes out on October 27, two days before she’ll be speaking at United Methodist Church on behalf of Prairie Lights. http://alec.icpl.org/record=b1458037

  3. Mary Estle-Smith says:

    Finally, a new Sarah Vowell book. I miss her distinctive voice on This American Life and have been waiting for far too long for another work of nonfiction from her. I will try to read it imitating the SV voice in my head.

  4. Maeve Clark says:

    Finally, Sarah Vowell has a new book! I have missed her distinctive voice on This American Life. It has been far too long since she has written a book. I will read it to myself attempting to imitate SV voice.

  5. A. J. Mahler says:

    Anne, A great list, but please add my new novel Power, which was released at the Book Festival October 3.

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