Our Most Anticipated Books of October 2023

Brooklyn Crime Novel: A Novel By Jonathan Lethem Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062938824
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Published: Ecco - October 3rd, 2023

Looking for the next Great New York Novel? From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn comes a sweeping story of community, crime, and gentrification, tracing more than fifty years of life in one Brooklyn neighborhood.


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Death Valley: A Novel By Melissa Broder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781668024843
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2023

The incomparable Melissa Broder is back with this darkly hilarious, strangely mystical novel about grief and Death Valley. Step inside the improbable cactus portal, my friend, and be healed!


The MANIAC By Benjamin Labatut Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593654477
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Published: Penguin Press - October 3rd, 2023

From one of contemporary literature’s most exciting new voices, a haunting story centered on the Hungarian polymath John von Neumann, tracing the impact of his singular legacy on the dreams and nightmares of the twentieth century and the nascent age of AI.


Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon By Michael Lewis Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324074335
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2023

When Michael Lewis first met him, Sam Bankman-Fried was the world’s youngest billionaire and crypto’s Gatsby. And we all know what happened to Jay Gatsby... Both psychological portrait and financial roller-coaster ride, Going Infinite is Michael Lewis at the top of his game, tracing the mind-bending trajectory of a character who never liked the rules and was allowed to live by his own—until it all came undone.


The Feminist Killjoy Handbook: The Radical Potential of Getting in the Way By Sara Ahmed Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541603752
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Published: Seal Press - October 3rd, 2023

Do you refuse to laugh at offensive jokes? Have you ever been accused of ruining dinner by pointing out your companion’s sexist comment? Are you often told to stop being so “woke”? If so, you might be a feminist killjoy—and this handbook is for you. In this book, feminist theorist Sara Ahmed shows how killing joy can be a radical world-making project. 


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A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, a History, a Memorial By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802160508
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Published: Grove Press - October 3rd, 2023

Already longlisted for the 2023 National Book Award, Viet Thanh Nguyen's memoir is every bit as powerful as his Pulitzer-prize winning fiction. Born in Vietnam, raised in America, Nguyen explores a lifetime spent in contradictory states. 


The Other Shore (Goldsmiths Press / Gold SF) By Hoa Pham Cover Image
$24.95
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ISBN: 9781913380823
Published: Goldsmiths Press - October 10th, 2023

 When the dead begin speaking to sixteen-year-old Kim Nguyen, her peaceful childhood is over. Suddenly everyone wants to exploit her new talent—her family, the Vietnamese government, and even the spirits themselves.


Family Meal: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593421093
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2023

With his signature generosity and eye for food, sex, love, and the moments that make us the most human, Bryan Washington returns with a brilliant new novel. Family Meal is a story about how the people who know us the longest can hurt us the most, but how they also set the standard for love. 


Blackouts: A Novel By Justin Torres Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374293574
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 10th, 2023

“Erotic and beguiling, Blackouts prowls the negative spaces that surround us, inviting us to think about erasure and collage not just as literary techniques, but as psychological processes, and even as radical acts of cultural and sexual reframing. An intelligent, loving, and genuinely subversive work.”
—Eleanor Catton, author of Birnam Wood


A Year and a Day: An Experiment in Essays By Phillip Lopate Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681377780
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Published: New York Review Books - October 10th, 2023

A compelling celebration of the power of the essay, this collection of 47 writings offers a glimpse into the mind of a modern-day Montaigne as he reflects on the miscellany of daily life—movies and art, friends and family—over the course of a single year.


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Vintage Crime: A Short History of Wine Fraud By Rebecca Gibb Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780520385931
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Published: University of California Press - October 10th, 2023

Did you know there is such a thing as counterfeit wine? What about a vineyard heist? Grab a glass and crack open a bottle while Rebecca Gibb takes you on a tour of how fakes, fraudsters, and grape crusaders have shaped the world of wine. 


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Tremor: A Novel By Teju Cole Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812997118
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Published: Random House - October 17th, 2023

Teju Cole's first novel, Open City, has been a perennial staff favorite since it first came out in 2011, so to say we're excited for Tremor is an understatement. Tunde, a West African man working as a teacher of photography on a renowned New England campus, is a reader, a listener, a traveler, drawn to many different kinds of stories: stories from history and epic; stories of friends, family, and strangers; stories found in books and films. 


The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman's Narrative By Gregg Hecimovich Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780062334732
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Published: Ecco - October 17th, 2023

A groundbreaking study of the first Black female novelist and her life as an enslaved woman, from the biographer who solved the mystery of her identity, with a preface by Henry Louis Gates Jr. At once a detective story, a literary chase, and a cultural history, The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts discovers a tale of love, friendship, betrayal, and violence set against the backdrop of America’s slide into Civil War.


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The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination By Stuart A. Reid Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524748814
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Published: Knopf - October 17th, 2023

The CIA's plot to overthrow (or assassinate, whichever came first) the first prime minister of the newly-liberated Congo,  Patrice Lumumba, is one of those political stories that reads like fiction. Charting the egos and agents involved, veteran journalist Stuart Reid brings this bit of Cold War history to the page with great warmth.


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Serpent, Siren, Maelstrom, and Myth: Sea Stories and Folktales from Around the World By Gerry Smyth Cover Image
$29.95
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ISBN: 9780295752310
Published: University of Washington Press - October 31st, 2023

"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

--Herman Melville, Moby Dick


The Globemakers: The Curious Story of an Ancient Craft By Peter Bellerby Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781639731565
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 17th, 2023

When Peter Bellerby set out to make a globe for his father's eightieth birthday, after failing to find a suitable one to purchase, he had no idea where the process would lead. He went on to establish Bellerby & Co, one of the only artisan globemakers in the world. The Globemakers brings us inside Bellerby's gorgeous studio to learn how he and his team of cartographers and artists bring these stunning celestial, terrestrial, and planetary objects to life. Along the way he tells stories of his adventure and the luck along the way that shaped the company.


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Night Side of the River By Jeanette Winterson Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802161512
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 24th, 2023

A collection of ghost stories from living legend Jeanette Winterson is the Halloween present we daren't even have asked for--yet! The great autumnal spirits (and Winterson) provide.


Let Us Descend: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982104498
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Published: Scribner - October 24th, 2023

From Jesmyn Ward—the two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and MacArthur Fellow—comes a haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War.


The Upstairs Delicatessen: On Eating, Reading, Reading About Eating, and Eating While Reading By Dwight Garner Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374603427
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 24th, 2023

Dwight Garner, the beloved New York Times critic and the author of Garner’s Quotations, serves up the intertwined pleasures of books and food. The product of a lifetime of obsessively reading, eating, and every combination therein, The Upstairs Delicatessen: On Eating, Reading, Reading About Eating, and Eating While Reading is a charming, emotional memoir, one that only Garner could write. In it, he records the voices of great writers and the stories from his life that fill his mind as he moves through the sections of the day and of this book: breakfast, lunch, shopping, the occasional nap, drinking, and dinner.


I Must Be Dreaming By Roz Chast Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781620403228
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 24th, 2023

#1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's new graphic narrative, exploring the surreal nighttime world inside her mind-and untangling one of our most enduring human mysteries: dreams.


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Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World By Mary Beard Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780871404220
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Published: Liveright - October 24th, 2023

Whether you already think about the Roman Empire everyday or you'd like to start, there's no better guide than Mary Beard, the Empress of Antiquity. In this follow-up to her blockbuster SPQR, Beard charts imperial Rome with her trademark wit and inclusive perspective.