October 2016 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. Hag-Seed
    by Margaret Atwood 'Canada'
    Knopf Canada
    Oct 11, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Hag-Seed
    by Margaret Atwood 'Canada'
    Knopf Canada
    Oct 11, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Our greatest literary innovator and beloved novelist has reimagined Shakespeare's final, great play of magic and illusion. Entertaining, gripping, emotionally rich and wise, Hag-Seed is an homage to a master, positioned for the fall celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

    "It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge."

    Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

    Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge.

    After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his motley crew of inmate actors will put on his Tempest, and snare the traitors who destroyed him. But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

    Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.
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  2. The Witches of New York
    by Ami McKay 'Canada'
    Knopf Canada
    Oct 25, 2016
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Hardcover
    The Witches of New York
    by Ami McKay 'Canada'
    Knopf Canada
    Oct 25, 2016
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Hardcover
    The beloved, bestselling author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure is back with her most beguiling novel yet, luring us deep inside the lives of a trio of remarkable young women navigating the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft...


    The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (Moth from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it's finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and gardien de sorts (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan's high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions--and in guarding the secrets of their clients. All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment.
    Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor's apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind? Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches' tug-of-war over what's best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.
    As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they're confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?
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  3. Feedback
    by Mira Grant
    Orbit
    Oct 04, 2016
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
    Hardcover
    Feedback
    by Mira Grant
    Orbit
    Oct 04, 2016
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
    Hardcover
    A new beginning for Mira Grant's New York Times bestselling NEWSFLESH series!

    There are two sides to every story...

    We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: FEED.

    Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the facts while competing against the brother-and-sister blog superstars, the Masons.

    Surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows, they must hit the presidential campaign trail and uncover dangerous truths. Or die trying.

    Feedback is a full-length Newsflesh novel that overlaps the events of the acclaimed first novel in the series, Feed, and offers a new entry point to this thrilling and treacherous world.


    Newsflesh
    Feed
    Deadline
    Blackout

    Newsflesh Short Fiction Collection
    Rise


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  4. The Guineveres
    by Sarah Domet
    Flatiron Books
    Oct 04, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    The Guineveres
    by Sarah Domet
    Flatiron Books
    Oct 04, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover

    “Deft and lovely…The perfect weight, in all ways. It’s suitable for a vacation, and you can describe it in one inviting line, but then it keeps unfolding and deepening, taking unexpected turns.”TheNew York Times Book Review

    To four girls who have nothing, their friendship is everything: they are each other’s confidants, teachers, and family. The girls are all named Guinevere—Vere, Gwen, Ginny, and Win—and it is the surprise of finding another Guinevere in their midst that first brings them together. They come to The Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent by different paths, delivered by their families, each with her own complicated, heartbreaking story that she safeguards. Gwen is all Hollywood glamour and swagger; Ginny is a budding artiste with a sentiment to match; Win’s tough bravado isn’t even skin deep; and Vere is the only one who seems to be a believer, trying to hold onto her faith that her mother will one day return for her. However, the girls are more than the sum of their parts and together they form the all powerful and confidentThe Guineveres, bound by the extraordinary coincidence of their names and girded against the indignities of their plain, sequestered lives.

    The nuns who raise them teach the Guineveres that faith is about waiting: waiting for the mail, for weekly wash day, for a miracle, or for the day they turn eighteen and are allowed to leave the convent. But the Guineveres grow tired of waiting. And so when four comatose soldiers from the War looming outside arrive at the convent, the girls realize that these men may hold their ticket out.

    In prose shot through with beauty, Sarah Domet weaves together the Guineveres’ past, present, and future, as well as the stories of the female saints they were raised on, to capture the wonder and tumult of girlhood and the magical thinking of young women as they cross over to adulthood.

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  5. Public Library and Other Stories
    by Ali Smith
    Hamish Hamilton
    Oct 04, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Paperback
    Public Library and Other Stories
    by Ali Smith
    Hamish Hamilton
    Oct 04, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Paperback
    A book of stories all about why books mean the world to us
    Why are books, in all their forms, so very powerful?
    What do the books we've read over our lives--our own personal libraries--make of us?
    What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us?
    The stories in Ali Smith's new collection, The Library and Other Stories, are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us, friends for life; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser, and ageless all at once; how they coax us endlessly to unexpected blossom; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make.
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  6. When the Music's Over
    by Peter Robinson 'Canada'
    McClelland & Stewart
    Oct 11, 2016
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardcover
    When the Music's Over
    by Peter Robinson 'Canada'
    McClelland & Stewart
    Oct 11, 2016
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardcover
    By one of the world's top writers of crime fiction, When the Music's Over -- which takes on the sexual abuse of an adolescent girl by a celebrity in the entertainment world -- is one of Robinson's strongest to date.


    When the body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused, and thrown from a moving van -- before being beaten to death.
    While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted DSI Alan Banks must do the same -- but the crime Banks is investigating is the coldest of cases. Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused, at the centre of a historical abuse investigation, and it's Banks's first task as superintendent to find the truth.
    As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton's manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence. With his investigation uncovering things from the past that would rather stay hidden, he will be led down a path even darker than the one he set out to investigate . . .
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  7. The Other Einstein
    by Marie Benedict
    Sourcebooks Landmark
    Oct 18, 2016
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Hardcover
    The Other Einstein
    by Marie Benedict
    Sourcebooks Landmark
    Oct 18, 2016
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Hardcover

    One of PopSugar's "25 Books You're Going to Curl Up with this Fall."

    "The Other Einstein takes you into Mileva's heart, mind, and study as she tries to forge a place for herself in a scientific world dominated by men."-Bustle

    In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

    Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studyingphysics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

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  8. Small Great Things
    by Jodi Picoult
    Random House Canada
    Oct 11, 2016
    FICTION / Women
    Hardcover
    Small Great Things
    by Jodi Picoult
    Random House Canada
    Oct 11, 2016
    FICTION / Women
    Hardcover
    A woman is caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history in #1 New York Times bestseller Jodi Picoult's latest novel.


    A young woman and her husband, admitted to hospital to have a baby, request that their nurse be reassigned--they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into the courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.

    Praise for Small Great Things

    “I couldn’t put it down. Her best yet!”New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman

    “A compelling, can’t-put-it-down drama with a trademark [Jodi] Picoult twist.”Good Housekeeping

    “It’s Jodi Picoult, the prime provider of literary soul food. This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice.”Redbook

    “Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. . . . This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.”Popsugar
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  9. Bit Rot
    by Douglas Coupland 'Canada'
    Random House Canada
    Oct 04, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Bit Rot
    by Douglas Coupland 'Canada'
    Random House Canada
    Oct 04, 2016
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Bit Rot, a new collection from Douglas Coupland that explores the different ways 20th-century notions of the future are being shredded, is a gem of the digital age. Reading Bit Rot feels a lot like bingeing on Netflix... you can't stop with just one.


    "Bit rot" is a term used in digital archiving to describe the way digital files can spontaneously and quickly decompose. As Coupland writes, "Bit rot also describes the way my brain has been feeling since 2000, as I shed older and weaker neurons and connections and enhance new and unexpected ones."
    Bit Rot the book explores the ways humanity tries to make sense of our shifting consciousness. Coupland, just like the Internet, mixes forms to achieve his ends. Short fiction is interspersed with essays on all aspects of modern life. The result is addictively satisfying for Coupland's legion of fans hungry for his observations about our world. For almost three decades, his unique pattern recognition has powered his fiction, and his phrase-making. Every page of Bit Rot is full of wit, surprise and delight.
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  10. Rolling Blackouts
    by Sarah Glidden
    Drawn & Quarterly
    Oct 04, 2016
    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
    Hardcover
    Rolling Blackouts
    by Sarah Glidden
    Drawn & Quarterly
    Oct 04, 2016
    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
    Hardcover
    A cartoonist follows reporters across the Middle East, learning about journalism and how stories are told Cartoonist Sarah Glidden follows up her acclaimed debut, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, with Rolling Blackouts, which details her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Glidden accompanies her two friends - reporters and founders of the journalistic non-profit The Seattle Globalist - as they research stories on the Iraq War's effect on the Middle East and, specifically, the war's refugees. Joining them is a former Marine and childhood friend of one of the journalists whose deployment to Iraq in 2007 adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves.

    The crew works their way through the region with the goal of asking civilians, refugees, and officials: "who are you?" Everyone has a story to tell: the Iranian blogger, the United Nations Refugee administrator, a taxi driver, the Iraqi refugee deported from the US, the Iraqis seeking refuge in Syria, and even the American Marine. The journalists struggle equally with how to tell these stories and with how to market them into articles people will want to read.

    Glidden records all that she encounters with a sympathetic and searching eye - What is journalism? What is its purpose? What is honesty? Painted in her trademark soft muted watercolors and written with a self-effacing humor, Rolling Blackouts cements Glidden's place as one of comics's most original nonfiction voices.
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