October 2020 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
    by V. E. Schwab
    Tor Books
    Oct 06, 2020
    FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
    Hardcover
    The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
    by V. E. Schwab
    Tor Books
    Oct 06, 2020
    FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
    Hardcover

    In the vein ofThe Time Traveler’s Wife andLife After Life,The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue isNew York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.

    A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.


    France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

    Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

    But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

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  2. Magic Lessons
    by Alice Hoffman
    Simon & Schuster
    Oct 06, 2020
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Magic Lessons
    by Alice Hoffman
    Simon & Schuster
    Oct 06, 2020
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

    Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.

    When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

    Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.
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  3. The Searcher
    by Tana French
    Viking
    Oct 06, 2020
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    The Searcher
    by Tana French
    Viking
    Oct 06, 2020
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    A New York Times Bestseller

    "This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet...its own kind of masterpiece." --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

    A "taut, chiseled and propulsive" (Vogue) new novel from the bestselling mystery writer who "is in a class by herself." (The New York Times)


    Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.

    "One of the greatest crime novelists writing today" (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and what we risk if we don't.
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  4. The Night Piece
    by Andre Alexis 'Canada'
    McClelland & Stewart
    Oct 13, 2020
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    The Night Piece
    by Andre Alexis 'Canada'
    McClelland & Stewart
    Oct 13, 2020
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    A career-spanning collection of stories from the author of Fifteen Dogs, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and Canada Reads.

    Vivid, profound, moving, and with moments of sly humour, the stories in The Night Piece reveal worlds both familiar and deeply strange. Drawing from Alexis's acclaimed debut collection, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa, and the highly original Beauty and Sadness, and including previously uncollected stories, here is the surreal and brilliant short fiction of André Alexis--one of Canada's most extraordinary writers.

    With an Afterword by Madeleine Thien
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  5. The Once and Future Witches
    by Alix E. Harrow
    Redhook
    Oct 13, 2020
    FICTION / Alternative History
    Hardcover
    The Once and Future Witches
    by Alix E. Harrow
    Redhook
    Oct 13, 2020
    FICTION / Alternative History
    Hardcover
    In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in Alix E. Harrow's powerful novel of magic and the suffragette movement.

    In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

    But when the Eastwood sisters -- James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna -- join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote -- and perhaps not even to live -- the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

    There's no such thing as witches. But there will be.

    An homage to the indomitable power and persistence of women, The Once and Future Witches reimagines stories of revolution, sapphic love, motherhood, and women's suffrage--the lost ways are calling.

    For more from Alix E. Harrow, check out The Ten Thousand Doors of January.
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  6. Baking Day with Anna Olson
    by Anna Olson 'Canada'
    Appetite by Random House
    Oct 27, 2020
    COOKING / Methods / Baking
    Hardcover
    Baking Day with Anna Olson
    by Anna Olson 'Canada'
    Appetite by Random House
    Oct 27, 2020
    COOKING / Methods / Baking
    Hardcover
    Canada's baking sweetheart, Anna Olson, returns with an essential guide to baking for and with those you love.

    Baking Day is the book we have all been waiting for. In this new cookbook, Anna Olson encourages you to spend time with your loved ones, baking along with her easy-to-follow, delicious recipes for all your favourite treats. This is a cookbook to bring family and friends together, and to bond over quality time spent baking. With over 120 recipes for all skill levels, there is a baking project in Baking Day for everyone.

    Anna helps you find the right recipe by marking each one with difficulty level, necessary time commitment, required tools, and modifications for allergies or dietary restrictions. Anna's savoury and sweet recipes are suitable for every level of home baker, as she encourages you to challenge yourself and develop new skills in the kitchen. Her voice is truly encouraging, as she coaches you through each step, hoping to pass on the expertise she has learned throughout her 20-year career. She is especially mindful of her younger readers, or those of you baking with kids, making sure to point out the most important details for younger budding bakers. Step back from the craziness of life and connect with those you love over shared time in the kitchen. Very soon, "baking day" will become your favourite day of the week.

    Try making your own "Gourmet Goo" Skillet Brownies, Classic No-Bake Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis, or Toffee Pretzel Baklava. Anna also brings together comforting classics including Dutch Baby, Giant Glazed Cinnamon Bun, and her Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies, and recipes to show your loved ones how much you care--breakfast in bed for Father's Day, maybe, or a special homemade birthday cake for your best friend. There are even treats for your pets!
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  7. Confessions on the 7:45: A Novel
    by Lisa Unger
    Park Row
    Oct 06, 2020
    FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
    Hardcover
    Confessions on the 7:45: A Novel
    by Lisa Unger
    Park Row
    Oct 06, 2020
    FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
    Hardcover
    “Intricate and nuanced—on par with the best top-flight psychological suspense.” —L.A. Times

    INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

    From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies.

    Selena Murphy is commuting home on the train when she strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat. The woman introduces herself as Martha and soon confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

    Then the nanny disappears.

    As Selena is pulled into the mystery of what happened, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, she begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover…

    Looking for more gripping suspense? Check out Under My Skin and The Stranger Inside, also from New York Times bestselling thriller writer Lisa Unger.
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  8. Black Matters
    by Afua Cooper 'Canada'
    Roseway Publishing
    Oct 12, 2020
    POETRY / American / African American
    Paperback
    Black Matters
    by Afua Cooper 'Canada'
    Roseway Publishing
    Oct 12, 2020
    POETRY / American / African American
    Paperback

    Halifax’s Poet Laureate Afua Cooper and photographer Wilfried Raussert collaborate in this book of poems and photographs focused on everyday Black experiences. The result is a jambalaya — a dialogue between image and text. Cooper translates Raussert’s photos into poetry, painting a profound image of what disembodied historical facts might look like when they are embodied in contemporary characters. This visual and textual conversation honours the multiple layers of Blackness in the African diaspora around North America and Europe. The result is a work that amplifies black beauty and offers audible resistance.

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  9. Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories
    by Michael Posner 'Canada'
    Simon & Schuster
    Oct 20, 2020
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music
    Hardcover
    Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories
    by Michael Posner 'Canada'
    Simon & Schuster
    Oct 20, 2020
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music
    Hardcover
    The extraordinary life of one of the world’s greatest music and literary icons, in the words of those who knew him best.

    Poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, artist, prophet, icon—there has never been a figure like Leonard Cohen. He was a true giant in contemporary western culture, entertaining and inspiring people everywhere with his work. From his groundbreaking and bestselling novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, to timeless songs such as “Suzanne,” “Dance Me to the End of Love,” and “Hallelujah,” Cohen is a cherished artist. His death in 2016 was felt around the world by the many fans and followers who would miss his warmth, humour, intellect, and piercing insights.

    Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories chronicles the full breadth of his extraordinary life. The first of three volumes—The Early Years—follows him from his boyhood in Montreal to university, and his burgeoning literary career to the world of music, culminating with his first international tour in 1970.

    Through the voices of those who knew him best—family and friends, colleagues and contemporaries, rivals, business partners, and his many lovers—the book probes deeply into both Cohen’s public and private life. It also paints a portrait of an era, the social, cultural, and political revolutions that shook the 1960s.

    In this revealing and entertaining first volume, bestselling author and biographer Michael Posner draws on hundreds of interviews to reach beyond the Cohen of myth and reveal the unique, complex, and compelling figure of the real man.
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  10. If I Knew Then
    by Jann Arden 'Canada'
    Random House Canada
    Oct 27, 2020
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
    Hardcover
    If I Knew Then
    by Jann Arden 'Canada'
    Random House Canada
    Oct 27, 2020
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
    Hardcover
    Jann Arden--bestselling author, recording artist and late-blooming TV star--is back with this funny, heartfelt and fierce memoir on becoming a woman of a certain age. The power, gravity and freedom she's found at fifty-seven are superpowers she believes all of us can unleash.

    Digging deep into her strengths, her failures and her losses, Jann Arden brings us an inspiring account of how she has surprised herself, in her fifties, by at last becoming completely her own person. Like many women, it took Jann a long time to realize that trying to be pleasing and likeable and beautiful in the eyes of others was a loser's game. Letting it rip, and damning the consequences, is not only liberating, it's a hell of a lot of fun: "Being the age I am--that so many women are--is just the best time of my life."

    Jann weaves her own story together with tales of her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and the father she came close to hating, to show her younger self--and all of us--that fear and avoidance is no way to live. "What I'm thinking about now aren't all the ways I can try to hang on to my youth or all the seconds ticking by in some kind of morbid countdown to death," she writes, "but rather how I keep becoming someone I always hoped I could be. If I'm lucky one day a very old face will look back at me from the mirror, a face I once shied away from. I will love that old woman ferociously, because she has finally figured out how to live a life of purpose--not in spite of but because of all her mistakes and failures."
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