WORD recommends these books this October.
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Fiction We Love:


Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson (ebook available)
When I first picked this book up I thought the interest would come from the funky packaging. However, Dodson has created a beautiful object while also telling an interesting, engaging story. It ranges from mid-1800s to far into the future, introducing you to a wide variety of characters. Dodson carefully crafts each of these characters, giving them such full backstories that you feel a real connection to them. I could not stop reading and never felt lost in the experimental parts of this novel. At it's core, a love story, but it's so much more! (Katelyn)

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (ebook available)
It's been several years since Valente released a book for grown-up readers, and the resulting novel is one of my absolute favorites this year. It's as if she took everything she learned writing the middle-grade Fairyland series -- and leapt off into the stars. Severin Unck is the daughter of a famous filmmaker, and an artist in her own right. But when she vanishes from her latest film set, no one understands what happened. Told in screenplays, gossip columns, transcribed conversations, and more genres than you can count on one hand, Radiance is a glorious trip both backward and forward in time that explores family, storytelling, cinema, love, and, well, quantum physics. Really. (Molly)

Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, & Brooke A. Allen (Illustrator)
I love this series! It's great for tweens to adults! The five main characters are all amazingly different girls who kick butt and show you the power of friendship! It's got adventure, magical shenanigans, and "friendship to the max!" Lumberjanes is quirky and sweet, and my favorite graphic novel this month! (Crystal)

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
Disappearing Dad Disorder. A family across the street covers all their belongings, including table complete with hot dinner, in white sheets, load into their station wagon and drive away. Recurring cartoon commercials are the main form of sustenance for protagonist A in an unnamed American city/suburb who looks exactly like her roommate B. Or is her roommate B beginning to become her? We're used to satire constituting an exaggeration of society, but what if society has become so grandiose, so precarious, so unbelievable that the only way to satirize it is to swing back around and strip it to its base elements, examining the flesh underneath? That is exactly what Kleeman has undertaken and I am personally blown away. I haven't felt the need to track themes in a modern American novel for a while now, but Kleeman's got me with highlighters out. (Ashanti)


Fishbowl by Bradley Somer (ebook available)
We begin with the presumed impending death of Ian, the goldfish, only knowing that he ends up plummeting towards the ground from a 27th floor balcony. He finally has freedom, but that doesn't even begin to graze what this novel is really about. In a story set solely inside The Seville on Roxy, Somer explores the diverse tenants (with their surplus of issues) and gives us a look into the interesting crusade of developing (or stumbling upon) and destroying human connection with one another. Oh, the webs we weave. (Kristina)

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (ebook available)
Trigger Warning, though not my favorite title, is Gaiman’s best collection of stories yet. What surprised me the most is not his world building and imagery, but how he’s able to telegraph his mastery of them into short fiction and poetry. His characters are relatable and the twists and turns that they experience will get a ton of emotions out of you. If you're in the mood for some light fantasy told by a seasoned wordsmith, Trigger Warning is now available in paperback, so give it a look! (Jasper)

The Prize by Jill Bialosky (ebook available)
Art and desire intertwine in this incisive exploration of parallel marriages and what happens when you live a life purely for love of beauty. Edward Darby is the partner of a prestigious gallery, and sees himself as an open reflection of the artists he serves. Agnes Murray is the young descendant of Irish immigrants - her work combining old masters with the recent historical horror of 9/11. Through these characters, Bialosky draws taut constant contrast between the subtly transportive nature of sublimity in art with the gross banality of every day life. (Ashanti)

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (ebook available)
Welcome to Night Vale, much like its podcast counterpart, is absurd and enlightening, silly and disturbing. It’s easy to lose yourself in the town of Night Vale where the laws, land, and even the people are mutable, unknowable, and yet eerily familiar. Read the book, listen to the podcast, and join us for our event on November 17th! (Emma)

Nonfiction We Love:


Witches of America by Alex Mar (ebook available)
While working on a documentary about fringe religions, Alex Mar found herself drawn to paganism and witchcraft, and now she's written a book! Witches of America is a memoir-slash-ethnography; it explores modern-day paganism through Mar's firsthand experience -- participating in rituals, attending conventions, and even training in a specific pagan tradition. I found Mar's experience and research absolutely fascinating; her exploration of faith and religion will engage and inform all readers. (Emma)

The Best American Infographics 2015 edited by Gareth Cook
Every year the Best American series never disappoints. My favorite is the Infographics, and the 2015 edition is no exception. The collection is well curated and interesting, with subjects ranging from Epic Bluefin Migrations, to Global Ph.Ds by Gender. Always beautiful. Always educational. (Alyssa)

M Train by Patti Smith (ebook available)
While enjoying celebrity, a happy marriage, and a growing family, Patti Smith was faced with a string of personal losses. This is her story, beautifully told, of moving on after loss and loneliness and of finding a way to rebuild a life without losing the past. (Kerry)

Books for Teens, Tweens, and Littles:

Dumplin'  by Julie Murphy (ebook available)
This is a body-positive book about breaking down stereotypes and learning to love yourself but it's also about insecurities, female friendships and mother-daughter relationships. A lot of other things happen in this book including a complicated romance and a beauty pageant. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down until I finished it. (Lydia)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Harry Potter has never looked this good. Full-color illustrations -- acrylics, water colors, oils -- with full spreads and smaller designs on nearly every page; it's a truly immersive experience. Every year another illustrated edition will be released, which means a whole new generation of Potterheads have a chance to grow up with Harry and his friends. I can't wait to re-read the whole series. (Emma)

Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley
This is a super cute and funny picture book about Little Penguin who can't get rid of his hiccups no matter what he does, so he asks the reader for help! This is a fun read aloud with beautiful illustrations that adults and young kids will enjoy together. (Lydia)

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