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October 2017 New Book Releases That Are Probably Pretty Great

It's almost October! The month almost everything amazing gets published! Also the month right before NaNoWriMo and right near the end of the year when some of us are panicking about finishing other books we've put off all year to hit those sweet sweet reading stats no one else cares about, so there is a lot going on.

I picked up a lot of October releases at BookExpo back in May, and I'm still psyched about most of them. Most excited about:


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty (Oct 3, 2017)
I didn't read her first book, but this one looks super fun! And the cover's so good! Maybe I'll read her first book. Someday. Eventually. But for now, here's this book about how people deal with death around the world by a lady mortician who is very good at marketing.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy (Oct 10, 2017)
The hidden army of World War II women cryptographers, sworn to secrecy for decades and now brought to light. ALSO you should watch The Bletchley Circle if you haven't it's so good omg. (also very scary – watch with others)


Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder by Piu Eatwell (Oct 10, 2017)
Whattttt, yeah, that's right, a new Black Dahlia book. By a reputable press (I tend to side-eye these things in case they're just bein' du moment and haven't actually researched it well). The Black Dahlia was 1940s aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, who was horrifically murdered in Los Angeles, and whose murder has never been solved. I picked up a copy of this and am psyched to read it.


Jennifer Egan also has a new book coming out October 3rd called Manhattan Beach; Jeffrey Eugenides has a collection of short stories called Fresh Complaint that is also due out October 3rd; if you are me, you saw with some embarrassed interest that Dan Brown has a new book out called Origin (yes, of course it's coming out October 3rd).


Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas (October 3, 2017)

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke (October 10, 2017)

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway (October 3, 2017)

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris (October 17, 2017)

Unqualified by Anna Faris (October 24, 2017)


  1. WELL I do not usually like unsolved murders but I have heard really good things about Piu Eatwell, so maybe this will be like the one area of overlap between your tastes and mine. (NOT REALLY! I think we have a fair bit of overlap in nonfiction.) (Well. Some.) (PS I love you.)

  2. Mmm I like that From Here to Eternity cover a LOT. I hope the book itself is just as swell


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