Dan Brown’s new book Origin is among the biggest names in literature that have returned with new books sure to spice up your October. Bestselling authors in every genre have something new to offer this month. Here are 10 books you can’t afford to miss in what Vox calls “prestige book season”:
Origin, Dan Brown (October 3, 2017)
The author of The Da Vinci Code returns with a new Robert Langdon book. This time Langdon is at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, for the unveiling of a major scientific breakthrough by one of his former students. But when things go terribly wrong, Langdon finds himself on another quest filled with symbols, puzzles and clues that only a mind as brilliant as his can decipher.
Winter Solstice, Elin Hilderbrand (October 3, 2017)
Hilderbrand continues her bestselling Winter Street series with a story focused on the Quinn family as they come together for the holidays once again. This time it seems like everyone is celebrating good news, with family members returning from war and new, exciting loves. But things are rarely easy when all the Quinns are under one roof, and this holiday season will be no exception.
The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur (October 3, 2017)
If you’re looking to get lost in some gorgeous words this month, then pick up Kaur’s highly anticipated second collection of poetry. About growth and transformation, rebirth and roots, Kaur has broken the collection up into 5 parts, and even illustrated the inspiring poems herself.
The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman (October 19, 2017)
After 17 years and one feature film, Pullman is finally adding to his classic children’s book series, His Dark Materials. The Book of Dust – the first in a planned rebooted trilogy – is still centered on Lyra and her beloved daemon. Set 10 years before the events in The Golden Compass, the book deals with that mysterious and problematic substance, Dust.
In the Midst of Winter, Isabel Allende (October 31, 2017)
In her newest novel, Allende takes us on a journey that spans decades and countries, as we travel from modern day Brooklyn to Guatemala to Chile and Brazil in the 1970s. About three people who come together in an unlikely way, In the Midst of Winter is a moving love story as well as a deep look at immigration in the US and what it means to be a refugee torn from your home.
Hiddensee, Gregory Maguire (October 31, 2017)
The bestselling author of Wicked tackles the story of the Nutcracker this time, made most famous by the Tchaikovsky Christmas ballet. Maguire brings the full tale to life on the page, blending together the origin story of the Nutcracker and Klara, the sickly girl he guides on Christmas Eve – as well as that of Drosselmeier, the toy maker who brings the wooden Nutcracker to life in the first place.
Leopard’s Blood, Christine Feehan (October 24, 2017)
This is the 10th book in Feehan’s popular Leopard’s series, giving us the story of leopard-shifter Joshua Tregre, an expert fighter who’s used to moving through dark circles. When he falls for the damaged girl next door, their fighting spirits instantly speak to each other, even as they both come to realize that the road to healing might be rockier than they think.
We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates (October 3, 2017)
It might feel like we’re in new territory with Trump in office and Obama’s legacy at stake, but Coates knows better. His latest collection of essays traces our current political climate to historical events following the Civil War, as well as how and why the foundations of the Trump presidency have been embedded in our culture ever since. Thought-provoking and revelatory, Coates’s writing examines race, Obama’s years in office, and an American in turmoil.
Fairytale, Danielle Steel (October 10, 2017)
The queen of romance takes us to the vineyards of Napa Valley, where Camille has lived an idyllic childhood with loving parents. But when her mother dies and her father falls victim to a scheming new wife, Camille must grapple with her dangerous new stepmother, the woman’s equally dangerous sons, and the family legacy that they’re threatening to take from her.
Strange Weather, Joe Hill (October 24, 2017)
In this collection of short novels, horror author Joe Hill (son of the legendary Stephen King) brings us four inventive and twisting stories. From cameras that can erase memories to sharp rain that peels away skin, Hill plays with our perceptions in the most terrifyingly entertaining ways.