October 2017 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. The Shoe on the Roof
    by Will Ferguson 'Canada'
    Simon & Schuster
    Oct 17, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    The Shoe on the Roof
    by Will Ferguson 'Canada'
    Simon & Schuster
    Oct 17, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Imagine...meeting someone with the same name, the same history, the same family, the same identity as you. Now, imagine meeting another person making the same exact claim. What would that do to you?

    From the Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes the startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.

    Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff’s life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass.

    But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs—but no three people can be the one and only saviour of the world. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.

    The Shoe on the Roof is an explosively imaginative tour de force, a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.
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  2. Sleeping in the Ground
    by Peter Robinson 'Canada'
    McClelland & Stewart
    Oct 24, 2017
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardcover
    Sleeping in the Ground
    by Peter Robinson 'Canada'
    McClelland & Stewart
    Oct 24, 2017
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardcover
    DSI Alan Banks is determined to track down a gunman after a mass shooting in the thrilling new instalment of Peter Robinson's internationally bestselling series.

    Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is called in to lead the investigation after a shocking mass murder occurs during a wedding outside a small church in the Yorkshire Dales. An exhaustive manhunt ensues and the shooter is run to ground as the investigation follows its inevitable course.

    But Banks, his colleague DI Annie Cabbot, and the newest and youngest team member, DC Gerry Masterson, are plagued by doubts as to exactly what happened in the churchyard that day, and why. Have they apprehended the right suspect? Is there more to uncover? Struggling with the death of an old flame and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller, a former love interest, Banks is compelled to dig deeper into the suspect's past and motivations, and as he does, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to long forgotten secrets. It's possible that eventually they'll provide the answers he is looking for, but will he piece together the clues in time?

    Chilling, suspenseful, and deftly plotted, Sleeping in the Ground, will keep long-time fans and new readers guessing to the very end, and it proves without a doubt that Peter Robinson is a crime writer at the top of his game.
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  3. In the Midst of Winter
    by Isabel Allende
    Atria Books
    Oct 31, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    In the Midst of Winter
    by Isabel Allende
    Atria Books
    Oct 31, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    New York Times Bestseller

    Worldwide bestselling “dazzling storyteller” (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.

    In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.

    Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Allende’s landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the cause of “humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics” (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post). In the Midst of Winter will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
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  4. Rose & Poe
    by Jack Todd 'Canada'
    ECW Press
    Oct 17, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Paperback
    Rose & Poe
    by Jack Todd 'Canada'
    ECW Press
    Oct 17, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Paperback

    “Powerful . . . Todd’s vivid language is perfectly suited to the epic sweep of his narrative.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review of Rain Falls Like Mercy

    Set in mythical Belle Coeur County in a time not too far from our own, Rose & Poe gloriously re-imagines Shakespeare’s The Tempest from the point of view of Caliban and his mother.

    Rose and her giant, simple son, Poe, live quietly on the fringes of their town — tending their goats and working at odd jobs. Prosper Thorne, banished from his big-city law practice and worrying about his fading memory, obsessively watches over his beloved daughter Miranda.

    When Poe erupts from the forest one day carrying Miranda’s bruised and bloody body, he is arrested, despite his protestations of get help-get help-get help. Overnight, Rose and Poe find themselves pariahs in the county where they have lived all their lives. In the face of bitter hatred and threats from her neighbours, the implacable Rose devotes all her strength to proving Poe’s innocence and saving him from prison or worse.

    Rose & Poe is a tale of a mother’s boundless love for an apparently unlovable child, and a stunning fable for our own troubled times. It will stick in your memory like sweet wild honey.

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  5. Uncommon Type
    by Tom Hanks
    Knopf Canada
    Oct 17, 2017
    FICTION / Short Stories
    Hardcover
    Uncommon Type
    by Tom Hanks
    Knopf Canada
    Oct 17, 2017
    FICTION / Short Stories
    Hardcover
    A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

    A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
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  6. The Rules of Magic
    by Alice Hoffman
    Simon & Schuster
    Oct 10, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    The Rules of Magic
    by Alice Hoffman
    Simon & Schuster
    Oct 10, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    **INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

    **REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK**

    From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

    Find your magic.

    For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

    Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

    From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

    The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.
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  7. Seven Days of Us
    by Francesca Hornak
    Berkley
    Oct 17, 2017
    FICTION / Family Life / General
    Hardcover
    Seven Days of Us
    by Francesca Hornak
    Berkley
    Oct 17, 2017
    FICTION / Family Life / General
    Hardcover
    A family can’t escape their secrets when they’re forced to spend a week in quarantine in this “sharply funny” (People) novel—an Indie Next and #1 Library Reads Pick!

    “Witty and deeply heartfelt.”—Emily Giffin

    It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

    For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.

    As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.

    In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive...

    theSkimm Reads Pick
    New York Post Required Reading
    One of Elite Daily’s Books to Read This Fall
    Liz & Lisa's Best Books of October
    Brit + Co's Best of October Roundup
    One of BookRiot’s October Must-Reads
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  8. Manhattan Beach
    by Jennifer Egan
    Scribner
    Oct 03, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Manhattan Beach
    by Jennifer Egan
    Scribner
    Oct 03, 2017
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NEW YORK’S “ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK” PICK

    Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

    The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

    Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Esquire, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA TODAY, Time • A New York Times Notable Book

    Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

    ?Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

    With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time.
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  9. The Power
    by Naomi Alderman
    Little, Brown and Company
    Oct 10, 2017
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
    Hardcover
    The Power
    by Naomi Alderman
    Little, Brown and Company
    Oct 10, 2017
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
    Hardcover
    One of the New York Times's Ten Best Books of 2017
    A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017
    One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2017
    An NPR Best Book of 2017
    One of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of 2017
    A Bustle Best Book of 2017
    A Paste Magazine Best Novel of 2017
    A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017
    Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

    One of President Obama's favorite reads of 2017

    "The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." --Ron Charles, Washington Post

    "Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly -- her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly." --Michael Schaub, NPR

    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

    An Amazon Best Book of 2017

    **WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION**

    What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?


    In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

    From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

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  10. Has the World Ended Yet?
    by Peter Darbyshire 'Canada'
    Buckrider Books
    Oct 24, 2017
    FICTION / Superheroes
    Paperback
    Has the World Ended Yet?
    by Peter Darbyshire 'Canada'
    Buckrider Books
    Oct 24, 2017
    FICTION / Superheroes
    Paperback

    In Has the World Ended Yet? we start with retired superheroes living in a soulless suburbia where everyone gets lost trying to get home. Then the angels start to fall from the sky. Is it Armageddon? And do we want the world to end or not?

    In a series of linked short stories Peter Darbyshire weaves together superheroes, ghosts, the undead, a hired hitman, the Cold War, the Rapture and avenging angels in a Twilight Zone-style collection that is riveting and human. We follow characters that are identifiable through situations that are unreal, through a technicolour landscape we are all familiar with. The end of the world is not what we expect, what any of Darbyshire's characters expect and may not really be happening at all. But should it?

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