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October 2022: Emma

Emma is a North Carolina native who got her BFA in Creative Writing from UNCW and plans to get her master’s degree someday, hopefully before she dies. She is an avid reader and sometimes-writer and loves all things spooky and/or classic. Emma is best known for being the tallest QRB employee (with purple hair) and always talking about her fat cat. At any given time, she is reading four books at once and has at least seventeen books on standby. Her October Take Ten is her favorite fall reads!

I love a good historical read for the fall, and Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell (Knopf $28) exceeds all expectations. Prepare to be sucked into 1500s Renaissance Italy and obsessed with Lucrezia's story. An intimate portrait of a young woman who has to fight both to live and survive. 

Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom (Tor Nightfire $29.99) is the witchy cold weather read. It's spooky and atmospheric, and the epitome of a Good For Her book. There is no better read to kick off the fall season.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Anchor $17) might just be the loveliest book I've ever read. There is no book quite so effervescent or immersive as this one, and I would love nothing more than to live in its pages forever. 

I have a favorite Jane Austen book for every season, and there is no fitter pick for fall than Persuasion (Wordsworth Editions $12.99)It's nostalgic, bittersweet, melancholic, and always read best with a warm mug and soft blanket.

If you're going to read one scary book this October, let it be Pet Sematary by Stephen King (Gallery Books $18). I don't scare very easily as an avid horror reader, but this one really kept me up at night, and made me highly suspicious of my cat for weeks after. 

Monogamy by Sue Miller (Harper Perennial $17) is the depressing fall read you've been longing for. It deals with death, infidelity, love, family, all with grace, humor and heart-breaking honesty. Proof that ghosts aren't always people - they can be guilt and grief and possibilities. 

League of Gentlewomen Witches by India Holton (Berkley $16) is the blueprint for witchy romances. With the additions of pirate rivalries and heavy-handed Jane Austen references, this is my absolute dream book. 

Half-Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Feel-Good Meals by Tieghan Gerard (Clarkson Potter $29.99) might just be the most decadent, easy-to-use cookbook that exists, and filled to the brim with spiced pastries and autumnal soups. A necessary buy to prepare for cold weather comfort food. 

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith (Random House $18.99) is the spookiest, most out-of-my-comfort-zone book I've read in a while. I love a good multi-generational Vietnamese ghost story, and this one is the best of the best. It's heady, gothic, and absolutely terrifying. 

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit $17.99) is a must-read for any season, but something about end of the world sci-fi/fantasy just screams autumn to me. It's confusing and complex and so utterly unique - if you haven't read N K Jemisin, you're cheating yourself out of the best time. 

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The Marriage Portrait: A novel By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593320624
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2022

REESE’S BOOK CLUB DECEMBER PICK • NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The author of award-winning Hamnet brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life in this unforgettable fictional portrait of the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de' Medici as she makes her way in a troubled court.

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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery By Brom Cover Image
By Brom
ISBN: 9781250622006
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Tor Nightfire - September 14th, 2021

Set in Colonial New England, Slewfoot is a tale of magic and mystery, of triumph and terror as only dark fantasist Brom can tell it.

Connecticut, 1666: An ancient spirit awakens in a dark wood. The wildfolk call him Father, slayer, protector.

The colonists call him Slewfoot, demon, devil.

The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307744432
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in the spellbinding novel that captured the world's imagination. "Part love story, part fable ... defies both genres and expectations." —The Boston Globe

Persuasion By Jane Austen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781840227994
Availability: On our shelves
(NOTE: This book cannot be returned and may not be eligible for discounts.)
Published: Wordsworth Editions - September 2nd, 2020

Pet Sematary By Stephen King Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743412285
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Gallery Books - February 1st, 2002

Now a major motion picture! Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller is a “wild, powerful, disturbing” (The Washington Post Book World) classic about evil that exists far beyond the grave—among King’s most iconic and frightening novels.

When Dr.

Monogamy: A Novel By Sue Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062969668
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Harper Perennial - May 4th, 2021

A New York Times Notable Book NPR Best Book of the Year People magazine Top Ten Books of the Year • BookPage Best Book of the Year • Good Housekeeping Best Book of the Year

The League of Gentlewomen Witches (Dangerous Damsels #2) By India Holton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593200186
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Berkley - March 15th, 2022

“As much fun as the English language will permit.”—New York Times Book Review on The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the teahouse. . . .

Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals: A Cookbook By Tieghan Gerard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593232552
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 3-6 business days
Published: Clarkson Potter - March 29th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • More than 120 all-new recipes that will leave everyone feeling good, from crowd-pleasers with a healthier twist to family favorites you can rely on every day—from the New York Times bestselling author of Half Baked Harvest Super Simple.

Balanced. Bold. Beautiful.

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Build Your House Around My Body: A Novel By Violet Kupersmith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983487
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 5th, 2022

Part puzzle, part revenge tale, part ghost story, this ingenious novel spins half a century of Vietnamese history and folklore into “a thrilling read, acrobatic and filled with verve” (The New York Times Editors’ Choice).

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316229296
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

This is the way the world ends. . .for the last time.

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