Might we recommend…7 new books to devour in October

Might we recommend…7 new books to devour in October

From a new suspense novel by Joyce Carol Oates to a biography of Mister Rogers, here’s what we’re reading this October.

“Pursuit” by Joyce Carol Oates
Available Oct. 1
Looking for a thrill? Abby, the main character in Joyce Carol Oates’s new suspense novel, finds herself haunted by a childhood dream of bones and skulls. As an adult (and a newlywed), an unforeseen situation forces her to face the very real demons lurking behind the night terrors.

“Frankissstein: A Love Story,” by Jeanette Winterson
Available Oct. 1
Brexit meets Mary Shelley (and AI and sexbots and queer romance) in this new love story from Jeanette Winterson, author of “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” and “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” The plot spans multiple eras, reaching as far back as 1816 for the creation of Shelley’s masterwork, “Frankenstein.”

"How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir," by Saeed Jones.
“How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir,” by Saeed Jones.

“How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir,” by Saeed Jones
Available Oct. 8
The highly anticipated memoir debut from poet Saeed Jones focuses on the author’s coming-of-age story as a young, gay, Black man growing up in the South. A story of boyhood, love and family, the book has already received praise from luminaries such as Roxane Gay, Jacqueline Woodson and Kiese Laymon.

“Grand Union,” by Zadie Smith
Available Oct. 8
A multi-genre jaunt, Zadie Smith’s latest book groups together 11 new and unpublished stories with eight previously-seen fiction works to present a broad look into identity, class, relationships, place and more. “Grand Union” marks the first short story collection by Smith, who also penned the much-praised works “White Teeth,” “On Beauty,” “NW” and “Swing Time,” among others.

“Olive, Again,” by Elizabeth Strout
Available Oct. 15
Elizabeth Strout thought she was done with Olive Kitteridge — the protagonist of the award-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge” — until one day, the beloved fictional character announced herself, once more, to the author. Picking up where the original left off, “Olive, Again” continues to tell the story of those living in the fictional town of Crosby, Maine.

"All This Could Be Yours," by Jami Attenberg.
“All This Could Be Yours,” by Jami Attenberg.

“All This Could Be Yours” by Jami Attenberg
Available Oct. 22
“All This Could Be Yours” asks what happens when we dare to grapple with the uneasy aspects of our own family histories. A twisted web of impending death, abuse of power and family secrets spun together in New Orleans, Jami Attenberg’s novel takes place over the course of a single day.

“Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More than Ever,” by Gavin Edwards
Available Oct. 29
“It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters,” Fred Rogers once said. “It’s what we do with what we have.” Through his long-running PBS program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Rogers championed an ethos of compassion, forgiveness and generosity. Author Gavin Edwards explores the enduring legacy of Rogers in this new biography of the cultural figure.