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Your Shelf Life: 6 Books to Read in October

A curated list of this month's top reads


If you thought Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette was funny, you’ll love Today Will Be Different, her new novel about a woman whose life spins out of control despite everything she does.

Revenge on a cheating ex becomes an otherworldly matter in Stephanie Gangi’s imaginative debut The Next, in which a ghost rights her life’s wrongs with those she loves.

In Brit Bennett’s powerful debut novel The Mothers, we meet Nadia, a young black woman newly in love and facing a decision with consequences for the rest of her life.

Best-selling author and defender of chick-lit Jennifer Weiner publishes her first set of personal essays in Hungry Heart.

Music fans will rejoice in critic David Hajdu’s Love for Sale. It traces the history of American pop music from vaudeville to today’s electronic dance music scene.

Journalist Emily Witt investigates technology and sex through the more adventurous corners of the online dating world in Future Sex.

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