Sneak Peek friends, I write to you on a cozy October evening. There’s a chill in the air, but my Flannery O’Connor-themed candle burns bright on my desk. This week, I suggest choosing one of the following titles and lighting a candle of your own.

We’re living in a biography renaissance—think Hamilton and Grant by Ron Chernow, The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan, and Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig. American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West is a biography, too, and as the title suggests, a wolf drives this story. She is O-Six, named for her birth year, and she lives in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. Wolf watchers catapult her to fame; O-Six goes viral, with fans around the world observing her loving parenting, leading, and fierce fighting. But her presence is an obstacle to politicians, cattle ranchers, hunters, and other wolves that would rule Yellowstone. The story of O-Six is a stunning microcosm of the state of the West. Author Nate Blakeslee creates gripping narrative nonfiction investigating the impact of the human element on the livelihoods of these wild creatures, especially as Wyoming reinstates wolf hunting. American Wolf received starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist and kudos from Erik Larson, Charles Foster, and Margaret Atwood. (Crown Publishing Group/Random House, $28)

When Adam meets Marissa at the airport, he’s en route to his family’s Thanksgiving. As a former musician and recovering alcoholic, Adam carries enough baggage (physical and emotional!) that a family reunion isn’t necessarily something to look forward to. Meanwhile, Marissa, a flight attendant, has secrets of her own: She’s carrying a baby, and it isn’t her husband’s. It’s news that would destroy her image-conscious in-law’s holiday and possibly their lives. Over an airport breakfast Thanksgiving morning, Marissa and Adam will bond unexpectedly and brace themselves for the inevitable. Told from their alternating points of view, Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman is “the quintessential Thanksgiving novel” (Marcy Demansky). (William Morrow & Company/Harper Collins, $26.99)

Every few weeks, a customer asks if Curious Iguana has a sports section. We don’t, but we do have individual books about athletics and athletes, and I’m delighted to add Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo to our collection. Betty Robinson was only in high school when she competed in the 1928 Olympic games in Amsterdam. Just three years later, however, she and her cousin almost died in a plane crash. Doctors told Betty she’d never walk again, let alone run competitively. She proved them wrong, but you’ll have to read Fire on the Track to find out how. In addition to Robinson’s story, Montillo profiles other track luminaries of the 1930s who were pioneers in women’s athletics. Fans of The Boys in the Boat won’t want to miss Fire on the Track. (Crown Publishing Group/Random House, $27)


  • The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
  • Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
  • Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
  • Righteous by Joe Ide


  • Bookshops: A Reader’s History by Jorge Carrion
  • The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
  • A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney
  • Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump by David Neiwert
  • Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan
  • The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey


  • Blud by Rachel McKibbens