October is an exciting — dare we even say crisp and bountiful — month for publishing. This is reflected in our must-read list, which is full of hotly-anticipated memoirs, novels and nonfiction, from big tomes to slim volumes, major publishing houses to small presses. Click through to the end of the slideshow for our bonus selection of October anthologies, humor books, advice and more that we just couldn’t fit on the top ten.
Hungry Heart, Jennifer Weiner
I devoured (no pun intended) bestselling novelist and lightning-rod social media presence Weiner’s memoir-slash-essays. The book is expansive and loaded with mostly new content, but its middle sections about the writer’s difficult adolescence and young adulthood — and a final section about her estranged father’s death after a period of addiction — are as honest, brutal and funny as you’d hope. Reading Hungry Heart, you get a sense of the construction, both by positive and negative forces, of an entire person and personality.