Best Books of the Month: October 2013

Here are the noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.

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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert The Signature of All Things
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Brilliant botanist and heiress Alma Whittaker defies the 19th-century mores that see her as a plain spinster, rather than a scientist, as she travels the world and meets a spiritual artist named Ambrose in this historical epic bridging two centuries. Mary says, "From page one I was transported to a fascinating world of science, romance, heartache, adventure, mystery...I could write on and on about this deeply layered book." Brilliant botanist and heiress Alma Whittaker defies the 19th-century mores that see her as a plain spinster, rather than a scientist, as she travels the world and meets a spiritual artist named Ambrose in this historical epic bridging two centuries. Mary says, "From page one I was transported to a fascinating world of science, romance, heartache, adventure, mystery...I could write on and on about this deeply layered book."
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One Summer by Bill Bryson One Summer: America, 1927
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Bryson chronicles a cavalcade of outsize personalities who made history during the momentous summer of 1927. Heroes, such as record breakers Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh, and villains, such as mobster Al Capone and the foolhardy bankers who set the stage for the Great Depression, all get their due. Cindy says, "Riveting from beginning to end...you'll be amazed by some stories, saddened by others—and all the while entertained." Bryson chronicles a cavalcade of outsize personalities who made history during the momentous summer of 1927. Heroes, such as record breakers Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh, and villains, such as mobster Al Capone and the foolhardy bankers who set the stage for the Great Depression, all get their due. Cindy says, "Riveting from beginning to end...you'll be amazed by some stories, saddened by others—and all the while entertained."
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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)
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Long thwarted in love, a socially awkward professor with Asperger's decides it's time to solve his "Wife Problem" in this comic novel. He rigidly devises a survey to screen women for an exhaustive list of traits—until he meets a chaotic redheaded bartender named Rosie. Becca Jayne gives it five stars and calls it "one of the best feel-good novels of 2013...with its humor and quirky characters, it's going to find a place in your heart." Long thwarted in love, a socially awkward professor with Asperger's decides it's time to solve his "Wife Problem" in this comic novel. He rigidly devises a survey to screen women for an exhaustive list of traits—until he meets a chaotic redheaded bartender named Rosie. Becca Jayne gives it five stars and calls it "one of the best feel-good novels of 2013...with its humor and quirky characters, it's going to find a place in your heart."
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Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
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Scientist and cancer survivor Rath knows not to neglect the basics—eating well, moving (a lot!), and sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. He shares what he's learned from 20 years of managing his illness with practical advice for healthy living. Rochelle says, "Rath presents these ideas in tiny snippets—small enough that even the laziest of us can pick up one small idea and run with it. I'd highly recommend it to the healthy-living newbie." Scientist and cancer survivor Rath knows not to neglect the basics—eating well, moving (a lot!), and sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. He shares what he's learned from 20 years of managing his illness with practical advice for healthy living. Rochelle says, "Rath presents these ideas in tiny snippets—small enough that even the laziest of us can pick up one small idea and run with it. I'd highly recommend it to the healthy-living newbie."
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The Circle by Dave Eggers The Circle
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This suspenseful tale grows sinister as new employee Mae Holland, overjoyed to land a coveted job, explores the sprawling Silicon Valley campus of the Circle, a powerful company that demands total loyalty from its workers as they perfect omnipresent technology that alters every aspect of human life. Samantha says, "If you want a book to make you deeply paranoid and claustrophobic about work, the future, the Internet, this is it. Completely gripping!" This suspenseful tale grows sinister as new employee Mae Holland, overjoyed to land a coveted job, explores the sprawling Silicon Valley campus of the Circle, a powerful company that demands total loyalty from its workers as they perfect omnipresent technology that alters every aspect of human life. Samantha says, "If you want a book to make you deeply paranoid and claustrophobic about work, the future, the Internet, this is it. Completely gripping!"
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Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles, #1)
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A murder interrupts the tranquility of life on Internment, an island city floating safe in the sky, in this dystopian thriller for teens. Betrothed to Basil since birth, 16-year-old Morgan begins to question her carefully organized and controlled life. The Golden Witch says, "The sensory imagery and language was glorious, and I wanted to wallow in it. I had to force myself to read slowly because I just wanted to know the answer, to know the whodunit." A murder interrupts the tranquility of life on Internment, an island city floating safe in the sky, in this dystopian thriller for teens. Betrothed to Basil since birth, 16-year-old Morgan begins to question her carefully organized and controlled life. The Golden Witch says, "The sensory imagery and language was glorious, and I wanted to wallow in it. I had to force myself to read slowly because I just wanted to know the answer, to know the whodunit."
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