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Publishing This Week
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There is much to explore in this week's line up of more than 20 new and notable books.

We also have a new Culture Corner blog post exploring the influence of American artist Edward Hopper.

Enjoy!

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Davina Morgan-Witts, Editor


This Week's New and Notable Books
There are too many books published each week for you to read about them all, let alone read them all. So we do the legwork for you, scouring the publishers' catalogs and the pre-publication reviews to pick out what we believe to be among the best and most interesting. For more about our process, click the two right hand links below.
The Blind Light: A Novel
by Stuart Evers

On sale Oct 13 from W.W. Norton & Company
Genre: Novels. 544 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
 
A multigenerational story about two families bound together by the tides of history and the bittersweet complexity of love.

Shelter in Place
by David Leavitt

On sale Oct 13 from Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Novels. 384 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
 
David Leavitt returns with his signature "coolly elegant prose" (O, The Oprah Magazine) to deliver a comedy of manners for the Trump era.

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The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: A Day in the Life
by Ricardo Piglia

On sale Oct 13 from Restless Books
Genre: Novels. 368 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
Sixty years in the making and the capstone of a monumental literary career, The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: A Day in the Life is the final volume of the autobiographical trilogy from the author who is considered Borges' heir and the vanguard of the Post-Boom generation of Latin American literature.

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The Lost Shtetl
by Max Gross

On sale Oct 13 from Harper Via
Genre: Novels. 416 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
A remarkable debut novel - written with the fearless imagination of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart - about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded no one knows it exists...until now.

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Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home
by Adi Alsaid

On sale Oct 13 from Inkyard Press
Genre: Short Stories/Essays (Young Adult). 320 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
This exceptional and powerful anthology explores the joys, heartbreaks and triumphs of immigration, with stories by critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors who are shaped by the journeys they and their families have taken from home - and to find home.

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Creative Types: and Other Stories
by Tom Bissell

On sale Oct 13 from Pantheon Books
Genre: Short Stories/Essays. 224 pages
Critics' Opinion:
 
From the best-selling coauthor of The Disaster Artist, a new collection of stories that range from laugh-out-loud funny to disturbingly dark - unflinching portraits of women and men struggling to bridge the gap between art and life.

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Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays
by Claire Messud

On sale Oct 13 from W.W. Norton & Company
Genre: Short Stories/Essays. 304 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
A glimpse into a beloved novelist's inner world, shaped by family, art, and literature.

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The National Road: Dispatches From a Changing America
by Tom Zoellner

On sale Oct 13 from Counterpoint Press
Genre: Short Stories/Essays. 272 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
 
"How was it possible, I wondered, that all of this American land - in every direction - could be fastened together into a whole?"

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Goodnight Beautiful
by Aimee Molloy

On sale Oct 13 from Harper
Genre: Thrillers. 304 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
 
From "master of clever misdirection" (Kirkus Reviews) Aimee Molloy, author of the New York Times bestseller The Perfect Mother, comes an irresistible psychological thriller featuring a newly married woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband goes missing.

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Black Sun: Between Earth and Sky #1
by Rebecca Roanhorse

On sale Oct 13 from Gallery Books
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History. 464 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

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Daughters of Jubilation
by Kara Lee Corthron

On sale Oct 13 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History (Young Adult). 352 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
From the award-winning author of The Truth of Right Now comes a stunning, grounded fantasy in the vein of Dread Nation that follows a black teen as she finds her place among a family of women gifted with magical abilities.

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Ring Shout
by P. Djèlí Clark

On sale Oct 13 from Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History. 192 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns with Ring Shout, a dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan's reign of terror.

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The Midnight Bargain
by C.L. Polk

On sale Oct 13 from Erewhon Books
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History. 384 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
From the beloved World Fantasy Award-winning author of Witchmark comes a sweeping, romantic new fantasy set in a world reminiscent of Regency England, where women's magic is taken from them when they marry. A sorceress must balance her desire to become the first great female magician against her duty to her family.

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The Once and Future Witches
by Alix E. Harrow

On sale Oct 13 from Redhook
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History. 528 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author's powerful novel of magic amid the suffragette movement.

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The Puppetmaster's Apprentice
by Lisa DeSelm

On sale Oct 13 from Page Street Kids
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History (Young Adult). 352 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
Impressed by the work of the puppetmaster and his apprentice, Tavia's ruler, The Margrave, has ordered dozens of life-size marionette soldiers to be sent to Wolfspire Hall.

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The Magic Fish
by Trung Le Nguyen

On sale Oct 13 from Random House Graphic
Genre: Graphic Novels (Young Adult). 256 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
Tiến loves his family and his friends…but Tiến has a secret he's been keeping from them, and it might change everything. An amazing YA graphic novel that deals with the complexity of family and how stories can bring us together.

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Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck
by William Souder

On sale Oct 13 from W.W. Norton & Company
Genre: Biography/Memoir. 464 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
 
A resonant biography of America's most celebrated novelist of the Great Depression.

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Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside
by Xiaowei Wang

On sale Oct 13 from FSG Originals
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 256 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
 
From FSGO x Logic: stories about rural China, food, and tech that reveal new truths about the globalized world.

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Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1945-1962
by Martin J. Sherwin

On sale Oct 13 from Knopf
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 624 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer comes the first effort to set the Cuban Missile Crisis, with its potential for nuclear holocaust, in a wider historical narrative of the Cold War--how such a crisis arose, and why at the very last possible moment it didn't happen.

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Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors
by Adrian Goldsworthy

On sale Oct 13 from Basic Books
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 608 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
 
This definitive biography of one of history's most influential father-son duos tells the story of two rulers who gripped the world -- and their rise and fall from power.

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The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again
by Robert D. Putnam

On sale Oct 13 from Simon & Schuster
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 480 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
 
An eminent political scientist's brilliant analysis of economic, social, and political trends over the past century demonstrating how we have gone from an individualistic "I" society to a more communitarian "We" society and then back again, and how we can learn from that experience to become a stronger, more unified nation - from the author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids.

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What Tech Calls Thinking: An Inquiry into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley
by Adrian Daub

On sale Oct 13 from FSG Originals
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 160 pages
Critics' Opinion: 4/5
 
From FSGO x Logic: a Stanford professor's spirited dismantling of Silicon Valley's intellectual origins.

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