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Our top 10 books of October 2022

Introducing the 10 most notable books of October 2022, as chosen by BookPage! Includes new releases from Celeste Ng, Erin Sterling, Hua Hsu & more.

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Book jacket image for Rest Is Resistance by Tricia Hersey
Body, Mind & Spirit

Founder of the Nap Ministry Tricia Hersey provides an exquisite blueprint for rejecting the demands of modern capitalism in favor of our collective health.

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Mystery

In Erin E. Adams’ Jackal and Camilla Bruce’s The Witch in the Well, the places you know best are the ones that pose the greatest threat.

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Leech by Hiron Ennes jacket
Horror

Led by Hiron Ennes’ chilling debut novel, Leech, these thoughtful, well-crafted frights will scare you on multiple levels.

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Historical Mystery

When his patients start mysteriously dying, a third-rate doctor has a chance to become a first-rate sleuth in Simon Stephenson’s darkly hilarious Sometimes People Die, this month’s top pick in mystery.

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Fiction

Celeste Ng is undoubtedly at the top of her game as she portrays an American society overcome by fear. Our Missing Hearts serves as a poignant critique of our own increasingly fraught and oppressive political landscape.

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Stay True by Hua Hsu
Memoir

Hua Hsu’s remarkable memoir examines the reverberations of a friendship frozen in time by untimely death.

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Paranormal Romance

Erin Sterling’s much anticipated sequel to The Ex Hex is a sexy rom-com with just the right amount of sorcery.

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Children's & YA

Warning: These terrifying YA novels may be accompanied by goosebumps, a feeling of lurking unease and a desire to sleep with the lights on. The only known remedy? Keep reading.

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American History

After finishing Kevin Hazzard’s memorable account of America’s first paramedics, readers will never hear an ambulance siren the same way again.

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Ducks
Graphic Memoirs

Kate Beaton’s graphic memoir is a powerful account of the ongoing harm of patriarchal violence, and an equally powerful testament to what is possible when we pay attention, seek out each other’s humanity and honor the hard truths alongside the beautiful.

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