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There’s a fall chill in the air and life is busier than ever. After a day at the pumpkin patch, a visit to the apple orchard or an afternoon raking leaves, nothing beats snuggling up with a good book. We’ve gathered the month’s best new releases for your autumn reading pleasure. From Britney Spears’ new autobiography to Lauren Groff’s thrilling adventure tale, here are the Artful Living Book Club 5 noteworthy picks for October.

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The Woman in Me

Britney Spears

For the first time, Grammy-winning pop princess Britney Spears reveals her incredible journey through life and the demanding music industry in this highly anticipated autobiography. The book sheds light on lesser known aspects of the star’s intensely publicized life and highlights the importance of telling your story on your own terms. With impressive honesty and Spears’ indelible spirit shining through, this is a must-read.

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Family Meal: A Novel

Bryan Washington

Author of the award-winning novel Memorial, Bryan Washington is back with another showstopping work that chronicles the life of Cam, who is followed by the ghost of his late partner. He navigates old friendships, secrets and traumas, learning about love and loss along the way. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, this raw human story is about the impact of the people who know us the best and love us the most.

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The Hive and the Honey: Stories

Paul Yoon

This collection of short stories dives into seven different lives that are connected to the Korean diaspora, each artfully blending the extraordinary with the everyday. Spanning 500 years, the collection contemplates impossible dilemmas through profoundly authentic human emotion. Paul Yoon’s mesmerizing prose expertly illustrates the ever-complicated collision of cultures, the lasting effects of war and the search for identity.

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Madonna: A Rebel Life

Mary Gabriel

Biographer Mary Gabriel traces superstar Madonna’s meteoric rise from childhood to improbable fame in this revealing new narrative. Taking the approach of a cultural historian rather than a superfan, the celebrated author delves into every dramatic moment and remarkable achievement as she analyzes the queen of pop’s songs, appearances and relationships. Readers will discover how the iconic artist pushed boundaries, kept music tied to her political activism and ultimately changed global culture.

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The Vaster Wilds: A Novel

Lauren Groff

An instant New York Times bestseller, The Vaster Wilds asks if humans can adapt to our natural world rather than conquer it. When a servant girl escapes from a colonial settlement to fend for herself in the wilderness, she must wrestle with the challenges of a new world to survive. Author Lauren Groff stuns with this quick-paced, humorous tale about human nature, resilience and a girl’s bid to beat the odds.

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