October 2022 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. The Atlas Paradox
    by Olivie Blake
    Tor Books
    Oct 25, 2022
    FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
    Hardback
    The Atlas Paradox
    by Olivie Blake
    Tor Books
    Oct 25, 2022
    FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
    Hardback

    The Atlas Paradox is the long-awaited sequel to Olivie Blake's New York Times bestselling dark academic sensation The Atlas Six—guaranteed to have even more yearning, backstabbing, betrayal, and chaos.

    Six magicians were presented with the opportunity of a lifetime.
    Five are now members of the Society.
    Two paths lay before them.

    All must pick a side.

    Alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and The Society of Alexandrians will be revealed for what it is: a secret society with raw, world-changing power, headed by a man whose plans to change life as we know it are already under way.

    "The Atlas Six introduced six of the most devious, talented, and flawed characters to ever find themselves in a magical library, and then sets them against one another in a series of stunning betrayals and reversals. As much a delicious contest of wit, will, and passion as it is of magic...half mystery, half puzzle, and wholly a delight."—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

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  2. The Ghost Woods
    by C.J. Cooke
    HarperCollins
    Oct 13, 2022
    FICTION / Occult & Supernatural
    Hardback
    The Ghost Woods
    by C.J. Cooke
    HarperCollins
    Oct 13, 2022
    FICTION / Occult & Supernatural
    Hardback

    Look out for C.J. Cooke’s atmospheric new novel . . .

    ‘Original and compelling, The Ghost Woods is a beautifully written, chilling tale that will stay with the reader long after the book is finished’ Elizabeth Lee
    ‘[C.J. Cooke is] a master of the feminist gothic!’ Katherine May
    The Ghost Woods rattles along, with a twisty plot that defies expectations right from the start . . . highly enjoyable’ Sally Hinchcliffe

    In the midst of the woods stands a house called Lichen Hall.

    This place is shrouded in folklore – old stories of ghosts, of witches, of a child who is not quite a child.

    Now the woods are creeping closer, and something has been unleashed.

    Pearl Gorham arrives in 1965, one of a string of young women sent to Lichen Hall to give birth. And she soon suspects the proprietors are hiding something.

    Then she meets the mysterious mother and young boy who live in the grounds – and together they begin to unpick the secrets of this place.

    As the truth comes to the surface and the darkness moves in, Pearl must rethink everything she knew – and risk what she holds most dear.

    Pre-order now

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  3. Our Missing Hearts
    by Celeste Ng
    Viking
    Oct 04, 2022
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardback
    Our Missing Hearts
    by Celeste Ng
    Viking
    Oct 04, 2022
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardback
    From the #1 bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, comes one of the most highly anticipated books of the year – the inspiring new novel about a mother’s unbreakable love in a world consumed by fear.

    “Firmly written and well-executed . . . Our Missing Hearts is a meditation on the sometimes accidental power of words.”
    —Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review


    “Ng’s most powerful work to date.”
    People Magazine


    Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. Bird knows to not ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far. For a decade, their lives have been governed by laws written to preserve “American culture” in the wake of years of economic instability and violence. To keep the peace and restore prosperity, the authorities are now allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic—including the work of Bird’s mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old.

    Bird has grown up disavowing his mother and her poems; he doesn’t know her work or what happened to her, and he knows he shouldn’t wonder. But when he receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, he is pulled into a quest to find her. His journey will take him back to the many folktales she poured into his head as a child, through the ranks of an underground network of librarians, into the lives of the children who have been taken, and finally to New York City, where a new act of defiance may be the beginning of much-needed change.

    Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s a story about the power—and limitations—of art to create change, the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and how any of us can survive a broken world with our hearts intact.
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  4. Uphill
    by Jemele Hill
    Henry Holt and Co.
    Oct 25, 2022
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Hardback
    Uphill
    by Jemele Hill
    Henry Holt and Co.
    Oct 25, 2022
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Hardback

    An empowering, unabashedly bold memoir by the Atlantic journalist and former ESPN SportsCenter coanchor about overcoming a legacy of pain and forging a new path, no matter how uphill life’s battles might be.

    Jemele Hill’s world came crashing down when she called President Trump a “white supremacist”; the White House wanted her fired from ESPN, and she was deluged with death threats. But Hill had faced tougher adversaries growing up in Detroit than a tweeting president. Beneath the exterior of one of the most recognizable journalists in America was a need—a calling—to break her family’s cycle of intergenerational trauma.

    Born in the middle of a lively routine Friday night Monopoly game to a teen mother and a heroin-addicted father, Hill constantly adjusted to the harsh realities of not only her own childhood but the inherited generational pain of her mother and grandmother. Her escape was writing.

    Hill’s mother was less than impressed with the brassy and bold free expression of her diary, but Hill never stopped discovering and amplifying her voice. Through hard work and a constant willingness to learn, Hill rose from newspaper reporter to columnist to new heights as the coanchor for ESPN’s revered SportsCenter. Soon, she earned respect and support for her fearless opinions and unshakable confidence, as well as a reputation as a trusted journalist who speaks her mind with truth and conviction.

    In Jemele Hill’s journey Uphill, she shares the whole story of her work, the women of her family, and her complicated relationship with God in an unapologetic, character-rich, and eloquent memoir.

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  5. Madly, Deeply
    by Alan Rickman
    Henry Holt and Co.
    Oct 18, 2022
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
    Hardback
    Madly, Deeply
    by Alan Rickman
    Henry Holt and Co.
    Oct 18, 2022
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
    Hardback

    Madly, Deeply is a rare invitation into the mind of Alan Rickman—one of the most magnetic, beloved performers of our time.

    From his breakout role in Die Hard to his outstanding, multifaceted performances in the Harry Potter films, Galaxy Quest, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and more, Alan Rickman cemented his legacy as a world-class actor. His air of dignity, his sonorous voice, and the knowing wit he brought to each role continue to captivate audiences today.

    But Rickman’s ability to breathe life into projects wasn't confined to just his performances. As you'll find, Rickman's diaries detail the extraordinary and the ordinary, flitting between worldly and witty and gossipy, while remaining utterly candid throughout. He takes us inside his home, on trips with friends across the globe, and on the sets of films and plays ranging from Sense and Sensibility, to Noël Coward's Private Lives, to the final film he directed, A Little Chaos.

    Running from 1993 to his death in 2016, the diaries provide singular insight into Rickman's public and private life. Reading them is like listening to Rickman chatting to a close companion. Meet Rickman the consummate professional actor, but also the friend, the traveler, the fan, the director, the enthusiast; in short, the many beyond the icon.

    Madly, Deeply features a photo insert, a foreword by Emma Thompson, and an afterword by Rima Horton.

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  6. Lavender House
    by Lev AC Rosen
    Forge Books
    Oct 18, 2022
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardback
    Lavender House
    by Lev AC Rosen
    Forge Books
    Oct 18, 2022
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
    Hardback

    A delicious story from a new voice in suspense, Lev AC Rosen's Lavender House is Knives Out with a queer historical twist.

    Lavender House, 1952: the family seat of recently deceased matriarch Irene Lamontaine, head of the famous Lamontaine soap empire. Irene’s recipes for her signature scents are a well guarded secret—but it's not the only one behind these gates. This estate offers a unique freedom, where none of the residents or staff hide who they are. But to keep their secret, they've needed to keep others out. And now they're worried they're keeping a murderer in.

    Irene’s widow hires Evander Mills to uncover the truth behind her mysterious death. Andy, recently fired from the San Francisco police after being caught in a raid on a gay bar, is happy to accept—his calendar is wide open. And his secret is the kind of secret the Lamontaines understand.

    Andy had never imagined a world like Lavender House. He's seduced by the safety and freedom found behind its gates, where a queer family lives honestly and openly. But that honesty doesn't extend to everything, and he quickly finds himself a pawn in a family game of old money, subterfuge, and jealousy—and Irene’s death is only the beginning.

    When your existence is a crime, everything you do is criminal, and the gates of Lavender House can’t lock out the real world forever. Running a soap empire can be a dirty business.

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  7. Amish Soups & Casseroles
    by Byler Linda
    Good Books
    Oct 04, 2022
    COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / American / General
    Paperback / softback
    Amish Soups & Casseroles
    by Byler Linda
    Good Books
    Oct 04, 2022
    COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / American / General
    Paperback / softback
    75 authentic Amish soups, stews, casseroles—and delicious bread to go with them.
    Gathered from interviews with real Amish grandmothers, tattered recipe boxes, and old books and diaries, here is an assortment of delicious baked goods that have been and continue to be popular in eastern Pennsylvania, particularly in the Lancaster area. Now you too can experience the warm, comforting recipes of old order Amish cooks. Prepare to make wonderful treats such as:
    • Chicken Corn Soup
    • Ham, Green Beans, and Potato Stew
    • Beef Vegetable Soup
    • Rivvel Soup
    • Breakfast Casserole
    • Green Bean and Sausage Casserole
    • Roasht (or Chicken Filling)
    • Becky Zook Bread
    • Potato Rolls
    • And more!

    These recipes will soon become your family favorites and go-to meals for church suppers or potluck dinners. With simple ingredients and instructions that are easy to follow, you'll find yourself whipping up the same wonderful and comforting meals you'll find in Amish country.
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  8. Tastes Like Schitt
    by Rachel Floyd
    Media Lab Books
    Oct 25, 2022
    COOKING / Media Tie-In
    Hardback
    Tastes Like Schitt
    by Rachel Floyd
    Media Lab Books
    Oct 25, 2022
    COOKING / Media Tie-In
    Hardback

    Pay homage to the quaintest hamlet in Elmdale County in this fun, unofficial cookbook inspired by the show.

    Whether you're experienced in the kitchen, or basically eat at the local café for every meal, Tastes Like Schitt has a recipe for you. Specials from Café Tropical, Jocelyn?s down-to-earth dishes, and meals from the Rosebud Motel have inspired this collection of recipes.

    With 75 full color recipes, this cookbook features appetizers, drinks, entrees, desserts, and more. Cook your way through them all as you rewatch your favorite episodes. This book makes the perfect gift for any fan of the tv show Schitt?s Creek. As you work your way through the chapters, you will be doing a lot more than just folding in the cheese for the enchilada recipe. Other dishes include:

    - Rosebud Motel Cinnamon Rolls
    - Sloppy Jocelyns
    - There?s a Dead Guy in Room 4-Cheese Macaroni
    - Twyla?s Meadow Harvest Smoothie
    - Farm Witches' Peanut Butter Things
    - Herb Ertlinger's Wine Spritzer
    - Budd's Bourbon BBQ Sauce
    - And many more!

    You'll find a variety of recipes for chefs of all levels. Easy-to-follow recipes make it possible to cook, bake and eat your way through Schitt?s Creek. Grab an apron, preheat the oven, and put on your favorite episode. Let?s make a meal that Tastes Like Schitt!

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  9. Cold Case BC
    by Eve Lazarus 'Canada'
    Arsenal Pulp Press
    Oct 11, 2022
    HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
    Paperback / softback
    Cold Case BC
    by Eve Lazarus 'Canada'
    Arsenal Pulp Press
    Oct 11, 2022
    HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
    Paperback / softback

    In her BC bestseller Cold Case Vancouver, crime historian and reporter Eve Lazarus used investigative skills to shine a light on the city's most baffing unsolved murders. In Cold Case BC, Lazarus casts her gaze more widely on long forgotten and unsolved murder cases throughout British Columbia. These include teenager Molly Justice, who was murdered on the outskirts of Victoria after taking the bus home from work, and a follow-up to the tragic 1953 Babes in the Woods story of two children found murdered in Stanley Park, whose names were finally revealed this year in a story broken by Lazarus herself. There's also the tale of four police officers in the 1960s who committed a string of robberies that culminated in the biggest heist in Vancouver's history. Their reign of terror ended with one of the officers murdering his family before killing himself. Or were they all killed by someone else?

    Lazarus also looks at some of the province's most intriguing missing person cases, such as three-year-old Casey Bohun, who vanished from her bed in the middle of the night, and the Jack family of four, who left Prince George to work in a logging camp along the infamous Highway of Tears but were never seen again.

    Interviews with law enforcement, forensic experts, and family and friends of the victims add new life to these historical cases, some of which date back to World War II. The book also includes some cases that have been solved, revealing the painstaking investigative work and new forensic technology that ultimately brought about closure for victims' families.

    Meticulously researched, Cold Case BC is a fascinating true crime book that reveals startling details about the province's criminal past.

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  10. Midnight Storm Moonless Sky
    by Alex Soop 'Canada'
    UpRoute
    Oct 31, 2022
    FICTION / Horror
    Paperback / softback
    Midnight Storm Moonless Sky
    by Alex Soop 'Canada'
    UpRoute
    Oct 31, 2022
    FICTION / Horror
    Paperback / softback

    Blackfoot storyteller Alexander Soop plunges us into a shocking well of imagination in his debut collection of short stories, Midnight Storm Moonless Sky. From hauntings on the Highway of Tears to fearful gatherings of ghosts and the sorrows of racism, Soop combines the social anxieties of Indigenous life with spellbinding flights and frights of speculative fiction. Through these enthralling stories of reality mixed with terror, readers get a wicked glimpse into the genre of Indigenous Horror – a combination of First Nations legends, dark fantasy, apocalyptic and paranormal enchantment, and monstrous secrets. In addition to his hungering to scare the wits out of readers, Alexander Soop also examines the overlooked matters affecting First Nations across the diverse world of Turtle Island. Midnight Storm Moonless Sky is Volume One in the Indigenous Horror series, a spinoff of the UpRoute Indigenous Spirit of Nature imprint.

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