For Your Consideration: October 2020 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite October titles for the October 2020 LibraryReads list!

Votes due September 1!

DEAR CHILD by Romy Hausmann

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“The multiple points of view and numerous plot twists sustain the breakneck pacing, but the book’s real power lies in the author’s insightful and sensitive portrayal of the characters involved in the tragedy. This darkly disturbing thriller definitely marks Hausmann as a writer to watch.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review


“This sweeping fantasy is as much a love story as it is a tribute to storytelling, art, and inspiration. Schwab’s diverse cast is beautifully rendered, and the view of human connection on offer is biting and bitter, yet introspective and sweet. This ambitious and hopeful work is a knockout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Schwab returns with another epic story of love and remembrance that probes deep into history while also penetrating profound matters of the heart.”–Library Journal, starred review

STORIES FROM SUFFRAGETTE CITY: Stories of a Fine and Proper Nuisance edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis

“A landmark 1915 protest for women’s suffrage is the setting for the dozen short stories in this rousing anthology… A diverse range of vivid characters brings human faces to a historical protest march.”–Kirkus Reviews

DARK ARCHIVES: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin by Megan Rosenbloom

A fascinating, terrifying look at the rarest books—bound in human skin—and the stories of their creation. Thrilling, captivating, and macabre in all the right ways, DARK ARCHIVES encourages us to take another look at the very serious ways in which the powerful have objectified people over time—perfect for fans of Mary Roach, Lindsey Fitzharris, and the art of collecting.

RING SHOUT by P. Djèlí Clark

“This fantastical horror tale, set in early 1920s Georgia, has considerable resonance for the present-day United States… Clark’s latest is set in a visceral world, steeped in historical detail and full of engaging characters, that asks the question, ‘Who is to blame for the hate that hate made?’ Highly recommended for all readers of speculative fiction, particularly fans of Lovecraftian monsters and body horror.”–Booklist, starred review


“Selfon’s ambitious, character-driven debut tells the interconnected stories of ‘a perfectly wonderful, perfectly Brooklyn family of misfits’…. Selfon fully fleshes out the major characters’ backstories, dreams, and disappointments, and even the minor characters get their moment in the sun. Superior prose is a plus (‘The rooms smell of burnt coffee and overtime’). Fans of literary crime fiction will be enthralled.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

WORLD WILD VET: Encounters in the Animal Kingdom by Evan Antin

“Blending memoir, travelog, and activism, Antin, host of Animal Planet’s Evan Goes Wild and an exotic animal veterinarian associated with Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital, CA, recalls wildlife meet-ups both funny and scary while asking us to recognize how delicate the environment really is.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD: A Collective Refugee Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

“Hmong-American memoirist Yang tells the stories of fellow refugees who have ended up in Minnesota in this lyrical and frequently harrowing account… This heartfelt and exquisitely written account shines a poignant light on the immigration debate.”–Publishers Weekly

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