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:
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
M Train by Patti Smith
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk
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)
Yay, 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)
Two 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)
I 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?