Here are the books we think you'll fall for this October.
'The Signature of All Things' by Elizabeth Gilbert - October 1, 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her nonfiction memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love
. She was originally a fiction writer, though, and she returns to fiction with her latest novel, The Signature of All Things
. The Signature of All Things
follows a family in the eighteenth and nineteenth century who make their fortune and live in Philadelphia.The main female protagonist is a botanist who falls in love with an artist, and their story moves the novel forward.
'David and Goliath' by Malcolm Gladwell - October 1, 2013
Almost five years after releasing his successful Outliers
, Malcolm Gladwell returns with David and Goliath
, an examination of why seeming underdogs sometimes win and what truly creates an advantage. Gladwell's books are popular for the way they make the social sciences accessible, explain everyday phenomena, and challenge our expectations.
'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion - October 1, 2013
Simon & Schuster
The Rosie Project has already been a bestseller overseas. This comic novel is the story of a genetics professor, Don, who has never had a second date and who embarks on an experiment to see if he can find a woman who is the perfect match for him through scientific methods. Don's "Wife Project" gets put on the back-burner, though, when he meets Rosie, a woman who needs his help finding her biological father.
'Cartwheel' by Jennifer Dubois - October 1, 2013One year after her debut, A Partial History of Lost Causes, created a storm, Jennifer Dubois returns with a second novel. Cartwheel is a novel about an American exchange student in Argentina who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her roommate. As details emerge, this book keeps readers guessing about the main character and what really happened. This book channels the Amanda Knox story, although it is a work of fiction.
'Bellman & Black' by Diane Setterfield - October 8, 2013
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
is one of my favorite books of the last decade, so I can't wait for her second novel, Bellman & Black
. Bellman & Black
is a dark tale of a man haunted by one cruel act he committed as a boy.
'Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy' by Helen Fielding - October 15, 2013
Fourteen years after the last Bridget Jones book, Helen Fielding returns with a new chapter in this saga. Bridget is now in her 40s. What will that mean for plot an character development? Fielding isn't giving many details, but fans of the previous two books and movies seem eager to find out.
'Allegiant' by Veronica Roth - October 22, 2013
is the conclusion to Veronica Roth's trilogy, which started with Divergent
. The series has been compared to The Hunger Games
as it involves teenagers in a dystopian future world.
'Sycamore Row' by John Grisham - October 22, 2013
first and possibly most beloved novel is A Time to Kill
. Grisham returned to the setting of A Time to Kill
in his collection of short stories, Ford County
. Now Grisham gives readers a true sequel with Sycamore Row
and the return of lawyer Jake Brigance to the courtroom.
'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt - October 22, 2013
The Goldfinch is the story of a thirteen year old boy, Theo Decker, who survives an accident that kills his mother and is then adopted by a friend's wealthy family. He has trouble interacting with others and becomes obsessed with a painting that reminds him of his mother. Ultimately, as an adult, he lives in the world of art and antiques, still trying to relate and find love.
'The Death of Santini' by Pat Conroy - October 29, 2013
In Pat Conroy's 1974 novel, The Great Santini, he drew on his real relationship with his father to tell a story about a child's conflicting desires in light of an abusive and dangerous father. In The Death of Santini, Conroy does not need any fiction -- he tells the story of his relationship with his father in this memoir that follows his father's death.