October is a busy month for book publishers. We’ve collected a sample of upcoming new releases in a variety of genres for you to consider adding to your fall reading list.

October Book Releases

October Book Releases – Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton (St. Martin’s Press, Oct.13, 2015)

Photographer and blogger Brandon Stanton is back with a new collection of photos that capture the diversity of what it means to be a New Yorker. This time, however, he brings us longer, more in-depth stories to go with his compelling photos.

Stanton estimates he has stopped, photographed and interviewed some 10,000 New Yorkers over the past five years. The photos and the stories that go along with them have captured him a social media following of 15 million people. Whether you have followed Stanton’s blog or are new to his work, you will want to check this book out. The photos are breathtaking, and the bits and pieces you learn about the subjects are fascinating.

October Book Releases – Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (Doubleday, Oct. 20, 2015)

Prolific author John Grisham is back with this gritty legal thriller. His protagonist is a loner “street” lawyer named Sebastian Rudd. Rudd works out of a customized van bulletproof van, defending people other lawyers won’t touch. Why? Rudd believes everyone –including satanic cult members, crime lords and someone who shot a SWAT team — deserves a fair trial.

“My name became a brand and I’d love to say it was the plan from the start,” Grisham who has penned 27 novels, one nonfiction book, a story collection, and five novels for young people, said in an interview with The Guardian a few years ago. “But the only plan was to keep writing books. And I’ve stuck to that ever since.”

It’s a good plan.

October Book Releases – Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct. 6, 2015)

The powerful and wealthy Kennedy family fiercely guarded the fact that their beautiful daughter Rosemary was intellectually disabled. As a child and as a young woman, she was often photographed smiling along with her siblings as the family traveled and vacationed.

Biographer Kate Larson, who wrote Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman and The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln, looks behind the smiles in the Kennedy photos. She reveals details behind Joe Kennedy’s decision to have his daughter lobotomized at the age of 23 and the elaborate lengths the Kennedy family went to keep the operation a secret.

October Book Releases – See Me by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing Oct. 13, 2015)

Nicholas Sparks’ loyal fans are eagerly awaiting the release of his 18th novel on October 13. The author of love stories, including The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, Dear John and The Lucky One and The Longest Ride, Sparks’ new novel is about second chances and coming to terms with the past.

It also could be categorized as a thriller. “It’s my favorite genre as a reader, but I find it incredibly difficult to write ones that I think will satisfy sophisticated thriller fans,” Sparks told writer Tess Gerritsen, author of Playing with Fire, in an interview. “In See Me, I wanted to create a threat that emerged as an outside, completely unknown force – all the more disconcerting because the source of the threat could be anyone. I’ll admit that I struggled mightily to get the suspense elements right while still delivering an original love story.”

October Book Releases – Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle (Penguin Press, October 6, 2015)

How many times have you sent a text or an email in order to avoid a conversation? In the age of constant communication, is the art of conversation dying? Is connection the same as real communication?

Media scholar and researcher Sherry Turkle tackles these and other related and timely questions in this intriguing new book. She basically builds a case for the importance of conversation, revealing how it is good for both our business and personal relationships and to your won growth as human beings.

How about you read the book and then talk about it at the dinner table that evening?

October Book Releases