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5 new books to read in October

October 1, 2021, 11:00 AM UTC

A new work on the relationship between humans and animals by one of America’s most prolific authors; a fictional thriller co-written by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and what could be the definitive memoir of one of the most powerful women in the world, Angela Merkel.

Here is a selection of new books being published this month.

Play Nice But Win: A CEO’s Journey From Founder to Leader by Michael Dell

Available October 5

From college dropout to one of the pioneers of the PC era, Michael Dell has seen it all. The founder, CEO, and chairman of Dell Technologies has divided his business guide/memoir into three acts: how he launched the company, how he kept it going, and how he kept it alive—notably after a much reported series of events starting in 2012 to take the company private again.

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Per My Last Email: Witty, Wicked, and Wonderfully Weird Workplace Words and Phrases by Stephanie K. Wright

Available October 5

“Bumping this to the top of your inbox.” “I just left you a voicemail.” “Trying you again.” Have you received any emails with these subject lines or messages? If so, you’re not alone. Poking fun at the vernacular of workplace emails, Stephanie K. Wright’s droll but shrewd business book Per My Last Email actually aims to encourage readers to break out of these ruts with some extra productivity tips and communication advice mixed in, so that the next time you circle back, you don’t sound like an automated message.

‘State of Terror: A Novel’
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State of Terror: A Novel by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

Available October 12

In this political thriller by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton along with writing partner Louise Penny, one of the primary characters is…the newly sworn-in secretary of state. In this alternate timeline, the new appointee is actually a political enemy of the new president, raising eyebrows all over Washington. To make matters more complicated, a young foreign service officer at the State Department receives a coded message, which turns out to be a dire warning leading into a riveting (but figurative) international chess match.

‘On Animals’
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On Animals by Susan Orlean

Available October 12

Following up her much-beloved bestseller The Library Book, one of America’s most lauded nonfiction authors is back with a new book, this time examining the interpersonal relationships between humans and animals, from our household pets (that any pet owner knows, they are part of the family) to the animals we eat. And bonus: there are some oddball animal stories sprinkled in for good measure.

‘The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel’
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The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel by Kati Marton

Available October 26

There might not be a woman in the world with more authority than Angela Merkel. As the German Chancellor prepares to step down after 16 years in office, Kati Marton’s biography could be the defining account of Merkel’s life and career to date, starting out as an outsider as the daughter of a research chemist and pastor in Soviet-controlled East Germany to becoming one of the most important (and arguably, one of the most respected) politicians of the early 21st century.

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