October is a stellar month for nonfiction, with dozens of amazing titles to consider. Stay tuned for a separate post for the month’s best cookbooks.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
10/2: All You Can Ever Know Nicole Chung searches for her birth parents in this examination of transracial adoption. A Peak Pick!
10/2: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Monty Python alum Eric Idle recounts his life in this “sortabiography.”
10/2: Full Disclosure. Stormy Daniels’s tell-all memoir about her career in adult films and interactions with Trump, and others.
10/2: Greatest Love Story Ever Told. . Find out if Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally are the funniest married couple in America.
10/2: The Ravenmaster. Meet Christopher Skaife, who protects ravens at the Tower of London.
10/2: There Will Be No Miracles Here . The extraordinary story of Casey Gerald, a poor gay black man who went to both Yale and Harvard.
10/9: Invisible – Stephen Carter profiles his grandmother Eunice Carter, a black female lawyer who took down Lucky Luciano.
10/16: Big Fella. A major biography of Babe Ruth, from Jane Leavy.
10/16: Heavy. Kiese Laymon recounts growing up black, poor and overweight in Mississippi.
10/16: My Love Story. Tina Turner covers her professional career and personal life in this autobiography.
10/16: Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Jane Sherron de Hart writes the first full-scale biography of the Supreme Court justice.
10/16: She Wants It. Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, reflects on gender and the patriarchy in this funny memoir.
10/16: This Will Only Hurt a Little. A revealing memoir from actress and Instagram favorite Busy Phillips.
10/23: Thanks A Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite. A revealing memoir from The Who’s Roger Daltrey.
10/30: Beastie Boys Book. Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz recount the early days of the innovative hip hop band.
10/1: Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark. Psychotherapist and spiritual teacher Robert Augustus Masters encourages us to face our “shadow” selves.
10/2: It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work. Working 24/7 is not the answer to productivity, according to this manifesto by Jason Fried.
10/9: Dare to Lead. Brené Brown returns with an inspiring guide for leaders. A Peak Pick!
10/16: Almost Everything. Anne Lamott shares her wisdom on maintaining hope in challenging times. A Peak Pick!
10/23: GuRu. Drag is just one of RuPaul’s tools for living an authentic life.
10/23: The Laws of Human Nature. Robert Greene (48 Laws of Power) gives you the tools to understand human behavior.
10/2: The Apprentice. The Washington Post’s Greg Miller uncovers Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.
10/2: The Fifth Risk. A sober analysis of Trump’s impact on three federal agencies, from Michael Lewis (The Big Short). A Peak Pick!
10/2: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics. Four black women share their experiences in politics and public service.
10/2: Good & Mad. Rebecca Traister (All the Single Ladies) explores how women are channeling their anger into politics.
10/2: The Red & the Blue. MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki goes back to the 1990s to discuss the origins of tribalism.
10/16: Shade. Photographer Pete Souza juxtaposes the Obama and Trump presidencies, in pictures.
ESSAYS, ANTHOLOGIES & POETRY
10/2:Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts Food-related horror comics from the late writer/chef.
10/2: Impossible Owls. An eclectic essay collection from Brian Phillips that defies categorization.
10/2:Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart. Alice Walker’s latest poetry collection, presented in English and Spanish.
10/2: What If This Were Enough? Thoughtful essays on modern life from Heather Havrilesky (How to be a Person in the World).
10/9: My Squirrel Days. Ellie Kemper (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will keep readers laughing with funny reflections on her life.
10/9: Souls of Yellow Folk – Wesley Yang reflects on contemporary culture through an Asian American lens.
10/16:Brief Answers to the Big Questions. Ruminations on God, space and the future, from the late Stephen Hawking.
10/16: Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay. Phoebe Robinson (You Can’t Touch My Hair) returns with a funny and provocative new collection. A Peak Pick!
10/23:Lab Rats. A critique of Silicon Valley’s influence on our work culture, from Dan Lyons (Disrupted).
10/23: Of Love & War. Stunning photographs from Lynsey Addario of people struggling to survive in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
10/30: I Might Regret This. If you love Broad City you’ll enjoy the latest from Abbi Jacobson.
10/30: Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know. Colm Tóibín explores Irish literature through the fathers of its three most famous authors.
10/30: Well-Read Black Girl. An anthology by black women writers on representation in literature.
10/2: On Desperate Ground. Hampton Sides presents an accessible history of the Korean War’s battle of the Chosin Reservoir.
10/16: American Dialogue – Joseph Ellis seeks to answer the question on many minds today: “What would the Founding Fathers think?”
10/16: In the Hurricane’s Eye. Nathaniel Philbrick (Valiant Ambition) recounts the year that the colonies won the Revolutionary War.
10/16: The Library Book. Susan Orlean’s (The Orchid Thief) sweeping history of public libraries is a must read. A Peak Pick!
10/16: Modern HERstory. Blair Imani profiles 60 women and non-binary people at the forefront of social change.
10/30: How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England. A fun guide to daily life in Renaissance England, from Ruth Goodman.
10/30: The White Darkness. A tale of adventures in the Antarctic from David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon).
~posted by Frank B.