The Best of the Month selections released this week run the gamut from delightful to devastating, and everything in between. There’s a road trip romp, a western, a salve for slobs everywhere, and a presidential biography. In addition, there are two highly anticipated releases from Maria Semple and Tana French, author of our Spotlight Pick–The Trespasser. This thriller kept Senior Editor Seira Wilson "happily discombobulated, guessing at an ending that I didn’t see coming."
Here are the best books of October, available Tuesday.
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Where’d You Go, Bernadette is finally here. Senior Editor Chris Schluep promises you’ll find Semple’s signature wit and quirk in spades, but in
Today Will Be Different "she introduces a few weightier strands to the story that could signal more depth to come in future novels."
Messy by Tim Harford
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives, "bolsters the theory that disorder creates heightened alertness." You’ll also appreciate the book’s ability to help you make "peace with the level of disorder at your coworkers’, staff’s, or spouse’s workspace."
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
American Ulysses by Ronald C. White
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
Another Day in the Death of America, UK-born
Guardian columnist Gary Younge "wrenches our focus off cold statistics and turns it to the friends, families and neighborhoods shattered by these deaths." (Adrian Liang).
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