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What to read in October

IN Paul, an intimate, decades-long portrait project, photojournalist Harry Benson records the evolution of Paul McCartney (right) from the “sweet Beatle” to an honored solo musician and a sincere family man. McCartney’s charisma is evident, whether he’s focused on the piano or in a moment’s rest.


A crop of immersive novels – set in churches, deserts and outer space – dives into the strangeness of being human. – Keziah Weir

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The morning star

ONE Melancholy-esk star appears ominously in this dark novel that suits both fans and Karl Ove Knausgaard-curious. (Translated by Martin Aitken; Penguin Press)

Go home, Ricky!

Debut author Gene Kwak’s wrestling-centered satire settles issues of race and masculinity (toxic and otherwise). (Overlook Press)

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Cloud Cuckoo Land

Anthony Doerr’s first novel since All the light we can not see is packed with lush details and a gripping tale that stretches from Constantinople from the 15th century to a new space-planet-seeking spaceship, bound together by a lost Diogenes text. (Scribner)

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Come to the Twitter fire starter, who is Jonathan Franzen, stay for the fun, sad, undeniable tapestry of a priest and his family in the midst of countless crises – about conscience, religion and otherwise. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The form and the book of emptiness

Zen investigations, environmental disaster and mental health are intertwined in Ruth Ozeki’s story of a teenage boy hearing voices, his hoarder mother and a mysterious young performer. (Viking)

I love you, but I have chosen the darkness

Claire Vaye Watkins, whose father was a member of the Manson family, has written a seductive, biting exploration of motherhood (and personality) that weaves into rich biographical details and lies in the desert heat of her hometowns of California and Nevada. (Riverhead)


Richard Powers turns his gaze to the stars in this devastating follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning History, as an astrobiologist mourns the recent death of his wife while raising his glorious, troubled son. (WW Norton)


In these new books, three stars put their lives on paper. – KW


Robinson’s third laugh-out-essay collection is the first from her new imprint, Tiny Reparations, which she says will highlight “women, [people of color], and people from the LGBTQIA + community ”in a wide range of books, from thrillers to romance to comedy. “We are more than trauma,” she says, “and I plan to be one of many imprints to show it.”


Inspired by Treasures of the Italian table by Burton Anderson and the work of Nigel Slater, Nigella Lawson, MFK Fisher, Joseph Mitchell and SJ Perelman Tucci describes his epicurean life in this memoir with recipes from Gallery Books – not least a French delicacy shared with Meryl Streep. Her reaction: “It has a bit of the stable yard about it.” Hans: “It looks like a fucking horse cock.” If Tucci’s life was a single dish, he says VF, “I know it would be pasta!”



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