A Peek at Peak Picks – October 2022

Nine new books are joining Peak Picks in October!

In fiction, fans of Colleen Hoover, #BookTok’s most popular author, will be rewarded with the continuing story of Lily, now a single mother, as she’s caught between abusive ex-husband Ryle and first love Atlas in It Starts With Us; Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere) delivers a dystopian tale where PAOs (Persons of Asian Origin) are considered a threat to American culture, leaving 12-year-old Bird to wonder where his Chinese American mother disappeared to, in Our Missing Hearts; Cormac McCarthy returns, sixteen years after The Road, with The Passenger, examining the life of Bobby, a salvage diver haunted by the death of his sister Stella while he wrestles with demons of his own; Lydia Millett (A Children’s Bible) tells the story of Gil, whose life begins to mesh with the family next door (who happen to live in a glass house) in Dinosaurs; and Kwame Alexander launches a trilogy set in West Africa in 1960, where 11-year-old Kofi must participate in a wrestling match between rival kingdoms that changes the trajectory of his life in The Door of No Return, a children’s novel in verse.

In nonfiction, beloved Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön (When Things Fall Apart) reflects on the cycles of life and death, enabling us to successfully navigate life with openness rather than fear in How We Live is How We Die; Ross Gay (The Book of Delights) meditates on gratitude and happiness through twelve essays in Inciting Joy; Temple Grandin (Thinking in Pictures) celebrates the hidden gifts of neurodiverse folks who see the world in patterns and abstractions in Visual Thinking; and in Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know, Ben Bowlin, Matt Frederick and Noel Brown (hosts of the podcast of the same name) discern fact from fiction in the roots of conspiracy theories that have gripped America. ​

~posted by Frank B.

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