Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

10 Best Books of October, According to Amazon's Editors

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

10 Best Books of October, According to Amazon's Editors

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College seniors struggling with life and love, a newly freed sex offender, and four women living through the Roman conquests are only a few of the colorful characters scattered through the 10 October books that Amazon's editors picked as their favorites. Here are the books the Amazon editors read and loved.

College seniors struggling with life and love, a newly freed sex offender, and four women living through the Roman conquests are only a few of the colorful characters scattered through the 10 October books that Amazon's editors picked as their favorites. Here are the books the Amazon editors read and loved.

#10 "1Q84," by Haruki Murakami

A bestseller in Murakami's native Japan, "1Q84" follows a young woman named Aomame who enters a strange parallel world called 1Q84. Also, a ghostwriter named Tengo becomes obsessed with the work he's writing and its strange author.

#9 "The Marriage Plot," by Jeffrey Eugenides

"The Marriage Plot," the latest offering from the acclaimed author of "Middlesex" and "The Virgin Suicides," tells the story of a very literary love triangle formed on an American college campus. The novel also asks the question: Are 19th-century love stories relevant to our lives today?

#8 "The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean," by David Abulafia

"The Great Sea" tells the story of the Mediterranean Sea, its place in history as a crossroads for countries and ideas, and the people who traveled on it.

#7 "Lost Memory of Skin," by Russell Banks

Banks' novel follows a protagonist known as the Kid, who has just been released from jail after serving time as a sex offender, and his encounters with the Professor, a sociologist who is researching convicted sex offenders - even as he hides secrets of his own.

#6 "The Dovekeepers," by Alice Hoffman

Only two women and five children out of more than 900 Jews survived the Roman siege of Masada in the year AD 73. …

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