Amazon's Best Books of October: Today's Releases

Erin Kodicek on October 02, 2017

ShadowKatie Green's Lighter Than My Shadow is our Debut Spotlight pick this month. This unique graphic novel highlights the scourge of eating disorders through the story of a young girl whose picky eating habits soon turn into something far more sinister. Senior Editor Adrian Liang says that "Green exposes buried-deep emotions through the slope of a shoulder or the slightly-too-big distance between her characters in a way that can’t be mimicked through words...You’ll finish [it] determined to look more closely at your friends and loved ones—and especially your children—to make sure you’re not missing what’s masked by a benign surface."

Learn more about today's best books of the month releases below, or browse all of our favorites for October here.


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The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
We don’t often have poetry on our top ten list, but Rupi Kaur’s highly anticipated follow-up to Milk and Honey grabbed our attention with its profound and universal messages of love and acceptance. Not a fan of poetry? This collection just might change your mind.

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The latest from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad is a noir thriller, which is different territory for Egan, as is its historical setting. In it our heroine, one of the first female divers working at a naval ship yard during WWII, becomes involved with a mob boss who may be responsible for the disappearance of her father.

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Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13 explores the years-long aftershocks the denizens of a rural English village experience when one of their most vulnerable goes missing.

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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford
Do not let the daunting title dissuade you from reading this very engaging examination of “who we are, and how we came to be.” Now that scientists can decipher the nuances of DNA, we are discovering that we didn’t know ourselves as well as we thought we did.


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