7 New Books to Check Out This Week

As September draws to a close, here are seven new books to take you right into October!



1. Jack by Marilynne Robinson

Marilyn Robinson returns to the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa. Her fourth novel in the series, Jack, tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the prodigal son of Gilead’s Presbyterian minister, and his relationship with a fellow preacher’s child and high school teacher, Della Miles. Their deeply tormented interracial relationship resonates with all the paradoxes of American life, then and now.


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2. Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding and visceral debut about one family’s queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets. This story traces one family’s history from Taiwan to America, from Arkansas to California, and captures the struggles of migration, queer lineages, and girlhood.


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3. The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

The ever elusive Miss Becky Farwell is the image of a wealthy New York City art collector. To some, Miss Farwell is a shark with outstanding business acumen. To others, she’s a heartless capitalist whose only interest in art is how much she can make. However, in the small town of Pierson, Illinois, living in her family’s farmhouse, Becky Farwell is someone else entirely. No one knows the ins and outs of Pierson better than Becky. However as her art debt begins to spiral out of control, her double life becomes harder and harder to pull off.


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4. Just Like You by Nick Horby

A recently divorced forty-one year old school teacher has finally decided to go off script when it comes to her love life. When she meets twenty-two year old Joseph, no one could have predicted the match of this unlikely pair. But Lucy learns that sometimes the person who can make you the happiest is the one in which you least expected.


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5. The Book of Lamps and Banners by Elizabeth Hand

Photographer Cass Neary is desperate to get home, especially after losing her treasured camera. In need of some money, her only chance is to cash in on a deal that a friend is about to cut for a legendary illuminated manuscript, The Book of Lamps and Banners. When the renowned book, said to contain ancient esoteric knowledge, is stolen by an intruder, Cass and her ex-con lover must get it back.

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6. The End of the Day by Bill Clegg

This deeply moving novel explores the complicated bonds and breaking points of friendships, the corrosive forces of secrets, the heartbeat of longing, and the redemption found in forgiveness. A retired widow wakes up to an expected visit from her childhood best friend that she hasn’t seen in forty nine years. A man arrives at a Pennsylvania hotel to introduce his estranged father to his newborn baby and finds him collapsed on the floor of the lobby. A sixty-seven year old taxi driver in Kauai receives a phone call from the mainland that triggers his traumatic past. These disconnected lives come together as old secrets begin to surface.


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7. The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey

Global icon, singer, songwriter, producer, actress, mother, daughter, sister, Mariah Carey tells the unfiltered story of her life. Mariah recounts moments of triumphs and trauma, the ups and downs, and everything in between that has contributed to the person she is. This memoir is an unfiltered, raw look at the real Mariah Carey, despite all of the tabloids, rumors, and filtered interviews we have seen of the artist over the years. This is a story of truth, understanding, and resilience.


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