Staff Picks + Upcoming Titles: October

By Kat La Mantia | September 12 2023 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllGiftBlog

We’re overflowing with awesome books for October! Read more about your favorite celeb, whether you worship at the altar of Dolly Parton, live and breathe all things Harry Styles, or have never forgotten the revolutionary creativity of Tupac. Foodies with precarious piles of cooking tomes can find some relief in the form of delicious, easy to use decks like The Wine and Cheese Board Deck, The Classic Cocktail Deck, and The Sandwich Shop, and parents can start prepping for winter holidays with kids books like Bluey: Merry Christmas: A Coloring Book, Latke’s First Hanukkah, and The Night Before Kwanzaa!

October is full of great titles to discover. See our staff pick lists below to dive in!

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October Staff Picks HERE!

Behind the Seams
My Life in Rhinestones
9781984862129
A beautiful celebration of Dolly Parton’s iconic sense of style with entertaining personal stories and 450 full-color photographs, including exclusive images from her private costume archive
$50.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
9 x 12
Hardcover
336 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Wine and Cheese Board Deck
50 Pairings to Sip and Savor: Cards
9780593581049
Learn how to expertly pair wine and cheese with this beautiful, accessible deck of 54 cards featuring 50 delicious combinations, from the author of The Cheese Board Deck.
$20.00 US
Oct 10, 2023
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Cards
54 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Bluey: 12 Days of Christmas
9780593661420
Celebrate Christmas with Bluey and Bingo! Based on the award-winning animated series Bluey, as seen on Disney+.
$9.99 US
Oct 03, 2023
5-3/4 x 5-1/2
Hardcover
32 Pages
Penguin Young Readers Licenses
Age 4-8 years

Harry Styles
9781958395295
Calling all Harry Styles fans! Celebrate what makes him beautiful in this gorgeous pocket-sized gift book featuring 100+ photos and a gold-foil cover for the man who’s so golden!Top cultural, music, and fashion contributors answer the question: Why Harry, why now, and just what makes him a Sign of the Times?
$19.99 US
Oct 24, 2023
5 x 7
Hardcover
144 Pages
Hearst Home

More Is More
Get Loose in the Kitchen: A Cookbook
9780593578841
Learn to cook with confidence and unbridled joy in 100 big, bold, flavorful recipes from New York Times bestselling author Molly Baz
$35.00 US
Oct 10, 2023
8-1/4 x 10-1/4
Hardcover
304 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Dear Rebel
145 Women Share Their Best Advice for the Girls of Today
9781953424471
More than 125 extraordinary teens and women share their advice, experiences, and the secrets of their success—in their own words. Through letters, poems, essays, self-portraits, and more, the authors tackle topics like overcoming obstacles, discovering your passion, and dreaming big.
$27.99 US
Oct 03, 2023
7 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
420 Pages
Rebel Girls
Age 8-12 years

Cheap Old Houses
An Unconventional Guide to Loving and Restoring a Forgotten Home
9780593578766
From the founders of the HGTV show and Instagram Cheap Old Houses comes a stunning collection of beautiful, affordable homes and inspiration for buying and restoring an historic house.
$35.00 US
Oct 10, 2023
8 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
288 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Start Here
Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook: A Cookbook
9780593320464
Change the way you think about cooking! In this epic guide to better eating, the chef, recipe developer, and video producer Sohla El-Waylly reimagines what a cookbook can be, teaching home cooks of all skill levels how cooking really works.
$45.00 US
Oct 31, 2023
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
656 Pages
Knopf

Who Is Harry Styles?
9780593662656
Learn about the life of one of today's most popular musicians in this Who HQ Now biography about Harry Styles and his exciting career from One Direction to his Grammy-winning solo performances.
$5.99 US
Oct 10, 2023
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
56 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

Tupac Shakur
The Authorized Biography
9781524761042
The first and only Estate-authorized biography of the legendary artist, Tupac Shakur, a moving exploration of his life and powerful legacy, fully illustrated with photos, mementos, handwritten poetry, musings, and moreArtist, Poet, Actor, Revolutionary, Legend- Tupac Shakur
$35.00 US
Oct 24, 2023
6-1/8 x 9-1/8
Hardcover
448 Pages
Crown

The Classic Cocktail Deck
75 Recipes for the Home Bartender
9780593690277
Deck out your bar cart—and raise your cocktail game—with these 75 timeless recipes. These recipe cards make happy hour at home a breeze—just pick one and mix away.
$19.99 US
Oct 10, 2023
4 x 6
Cards
80 Pages
Zeitgeist

Wonka: The Official Movie Mad Libs
World's Greatest Word Game
9780593523803
Mad Libs is the world’s greatest word game and the perfect gift or activity for anyone who likes to laugh! Write in the missing words on each page to create your own hilariously funny stories all about Wonka the movie, the amazing prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
$5.99 US
Oct 17, 2023
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
Paperback
48 Pages
Mad Libs
Age 8-12 years

90s TV Quizpedia
The Ultimate Book of Trivia
9781922754868
How well do you remember 90s TV? These 450+ questions will put even the most knowledgeable to the test!
$12.95 US
Oct 03, 2023
5-1/3 x 7-7/8
Paperback
96 Pages
Smith Street Books

Good Housekeeping Air Fryer Magic
75 Easy Recipes for Frying, Roasting & Baking
9781958395875
75 easy air fryer recipes from the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen—plus the experts’ secrets for making the most of basket and toaster oven-style appliances.
$30.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
8 x 9
Hardcover
192 Pages
Hearst Home

A Day in the Snow with The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A Tabbed Board Book
9780593659120
Spend a day in the snow with The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
$7.99 US
Oct 03, 2023
7 x 7
Board Book
16 Pages
World of Eric Carle
Age 0-3 years

Welcome, Little One
A Keepsake Baby Journal and Baby Memory Book for Monthly Milestones and Memorable Firsts
9780593690284
Capture every unforgettable moment and milestone of baby’s first year with this timeless baby journal and keepsake scrapbook.
$24.99 US
Oct 31, 2023
9 x 9
Hardcover
74 Pages
Zeitgeist

The Vegan Baker
The Ultimate Guide to Plant-based Breads, Pastries, Cookies, Slices, and More
9781922754554
The ultimate science-meets-magic guide to plant-based baked goods for vegans who want to have their cake and eat it.
$35.00 US
Oct 03, 2023
7-7/8 x 10
Hardcover
304 Pages
Smith Street Books

Minecraft: Mobspotter's Encyclopedia
The Ultimate Guide to the Mobs of Minecraft
9780593599648
An essential, illustrated field guide to the mobs of the hit video game Minecraft!
$19.99 US
Oct 17, 2023
7-1/4 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
176 Pages
Random House Worlds
Age 8-12 years

Friends of Dorothy
A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Icons
9781623543518
The ultimate celebration of LGBTQIA+ icons profiling 40 artists, entertainers, writers, and activists who inspired the queer community with their style, openness, and diversity.This giftable collection of Instagram-worthy illustrated biographies takes you on a tour through LGBTQIA+ history from the 20th century through today, featuring profiles of Britney Spears, Judy Garland, RuPaul, Lady Gaga, Mae West, Freddie Mercury, and Lil Nas X.
$24.99 US
Oct 10, 2023
7-1/2 x 9
Hardcover
176 Pages
Imagine

Scandinavian from Scratch
A Love Letter to the Baking of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden [A Baking Book]
9781984861948
A collection of 75 recipes for luscious cookies, cakes, tarts, pastries, breads, and smørrebrød at the heart of Scandinavian baking traditions
$29.99 US
Oct 03, 2023
7-7/16 x 10
Hardcover
256 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Night Before Kwanzaa
9780593519752
Learn all about Kwanzaa in this holiday addition to the Night Before series.
$5.99 US
Oct 17, 2023
8 x 8
Paperback
32 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 4-6 years

Spells to Raise Hell Cards
50 Spells and Rituals to Reveal Your Inner Power
9780593579473
Unlock your emotional power and live true to yourself with this deck of fifty mystical practices—an accessible introduction to the empowering side of magic from the authors of Basic Witches
$19.99 US
Oct 03, 2023
3-7/8 x 5-1/2
Cards
52 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Taco 101 Deck of Cards
30 Taco Recipes + All the Basics
9781922754646
Tacos as you’ve never experienced them before…as a deck of cards!
$24.95 US
Oct 03, 2023
3-3/4 x 5-1/3
Other Formats
30 Pages
Smith Street Gift

She Persisted: Simone Biles
9780593620670
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Simone Biles!
$6.99 US
Oct 17, 2023
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
96 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 6-9 years

This Book Is Literally Just Pictures of Tiny Animals That Will Make You Smile
9781922754578
The only thing more likely to put a smile on your face than a cute animal is a tiny cute animal.
$14.95 US
Oct 03, 2023
6-2/7 x 7-2/7
Hardcover
96 Pages
Smith Street Books

The Official Bridgerton Guide to Entertaining
How to Cook, Host, and Toast Like a Member of the Ton: A Cookbook
9780593796238
Entertain like a queen with these forty recipes for Bridgerton-style food and drink in the first official cookbook from this hugely popular Shondaland series on Netflix.
$25.00 US
Oct 31, 2023
6-1/2 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
160 Pages
Random House Worlds

Latke's First Hanukkah
9780593623169
Now even the youngest readers can celebrate Hanukkah by joining Latke and his zany friends for an eight-night-long party!
$7.99 US
Oct 10, 2023
7 x 7
Board Book
18 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years

Houseplant
Practical Advice for All Houseplants, Cacti, and Succulents
9780744086065
Discover over 330 houseplant varieties and make the most of them with care advice, design inspiration, and step-by-step projects.
$40.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
Hardcover
368 Pages
DK

Slavic Kitchen Alchemy
Nourishing Herbal Remedies, Magical Recipes & Folk Wisdom
9781786786722
Steeped in ancient wisdom, magic and folktales, this illustrated scrapbook of Slavic lore offers natural remedies, beauty and cleaning products, healing recipes and wellbeing rituals that will appeal to modern witches and natural healing fans.
$27.95 US
Oct 10, 2023
7-3/16 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
208 Pages
Watkins Publishing

Growing Up Powerful Journal: A Confidence Boosting, Totally Inspiring, Joyful Journal
9781953424716
Give yourself a fun and empowering confidence workout with this inspiring interactive journal.
$12.99 US
Oct 10, 2023
7-5/16 x 9-1/4
Paperback
144 Pages
Rebel Girls
Age 8-12 years