Tuesday October 2nd is one of the biggest publishing days of the year, if not the biggest, with hundreds of new titles hitting the shelves. None of us have time to read all of them, not even to read about them; so here, for your reading pleasure are half a dozen of the most notable, plus another half dozen publishing later in October. These are selected from more than 100 previewed October titles that members can view in full here.

Oops! Just realized that one of the dozen below is nonfiction - The End of Your Life Book Club. That's what comes of writing blog posts late at night! In fact, we're currently discussing this very book in BookBrowse's book club - please do join the discussion!


Davina, BookBrowse editor

Live by Night by Dennis LehaneLive by Night by Dennis Lehane

Publish Date: Oct 2, 2012
Published by William Morrow

Combining edgy suspense and the vivid period detail that made The Given Day a smashing success, award-winning author Dennis Lehane delivers a masterful epic of Prohibition-era America told through the story of a charismatic young gangster on his rise through the glitz and violence of the Roaring 20s.
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Son by Lois LowrySon by Lois Lowry

Publish Date: Oct 2, 2012
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry's epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.
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The Round House by Louise ErdrichThe Round House by Louis Erdrich

Publish Date: Oct 2, 2012
Published by Harper

The Round House, the second installment of Louise Erdrich's trilogy that began with The Plague of Doves, continues with her exploration of a North Dakotan Ojibwe community, this time revisiting Judge Antone Bazil Coutts and his family in a lively yet reflective narration by his thirteen-year old son, Joe.
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It's Fine by Me by Per PettersonIt's Fine By Me by Per Petterson

Publish Date: Oct 2, 2012
Published by Graywolf Press

An engaging coming-of-age tale in which Per Petterson returns to the character of teenager Arvid Jansen previously seen in I Curse the River of Time and In the Wake, but from a fresh perspective.
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Blasphemy by Sherman AlexieBlasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie

Publish Date: Oct 2, 2012
Published by Grove Press

A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers.
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The End of Your Life Book ClubThe End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Publish Date: Oct 2, 2012
Published by Knopf

We're currently discussing this book - please do join in at bookbrowse.com/booktalk!

The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a "book club" that brings them together as her life comes to a close.

A profoundly moving testament to the power of love between a child and parent, and the power of reading in our lives.
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Illuminations by Mary SharrattIlluminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt

Publish Date: Oct 9, 2012
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Skillfully interweaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Sharratt's redemptive novel, Illuminations, brings to life one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath.
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The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. BanksThe Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

Publish Date: Oct 9, 2012
Published by Orbit

"Scotland-resident Banks' Culture yarns, the science-fiction equivalent of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, brim with wit and wisdom, providing incomparable entertainment, with fascinating and highly original characters, challenging ideas and extrapolations, and dazzling action seamlessly embedded in a satirical-comedy matrix." - Kirkus, starred review
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The Secret Keeper by Kate MortonThe Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Publish Date: Oct 16, 2012
Published by Atria Books

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told - in Morton's signature style - against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
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The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

Publish Date: Oct 23, 2012
Published by Grand Central Publishing

With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. The Middlesteins explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.
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Back to Blood by Tom WolfeBack to Blood by Tom Wolfe

Publish Date: Oct 23, 2012
Published by Little Brown & Company

"As if the 45 years from Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test to here hadn't passed, Wolfe is back to some old tricks, including an ever-shifting, sometimes untrustworthy point of view, dizzying pans from one actor to another and rat-a-tat prose....A welcome pleasure from an old master." - Kirkus, starred review
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The Art Forger by B. A. ShapiroThe Art Forger: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro

Publish Date: Oct 23, 2012
Published by Algonquin Books

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.
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