Welcome back to Sneak Peek Sunday! You’ll find these titles—horrifying, inspiring, and compelling—on our shelves Tuesday, October 24.

Author and writing teacher Lidia Yuknavitch has never been afraid of being different. Take two of her previous books: There’s Dora: A Headcase, a contemporary coming-of-age story featuring Freud’s most famous patient. Or The Book of Joan, a sci-fi delirium that transplants the revolution of Joan of Arc into a desolate future where humanity lives under a totalitarian dictatorship. And there’s Yuknavitch’s life itself. Her path to writerly success was anything but conventional: stints in rehab, painful cycles of grief, and flunking out of college twice. Yuknavitch distills her philosophy in The Misfit’s Manifesto, encouraging other weirdos to embrace what makes them unique and to find their fellows in this wide world. Her signature raw, poetic language will captivate and inspire you. You can watch Yuknavitch’s TED talk, the inspiration for this book, here: “The Beauty of Being a Misfit.” (Simon & Schuster, $16.99)

In 2014 the cry “I can’t breathe” rallied Black Lives Matter protesters, after a policeman put Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold in broad daylight in the streets of Staten Island, killing him. Reporter Matt Taibbi, who has covered the 2016 election, financial collapse, and the wealth gap in his previous books, delves into the complex, cut-short life of Eric Garner, the American incarceration system, and the corruption of the New York police force and its city politics. Booklist called I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street “a brilliant work of narrative nonfiction,” and you can read an excerpt at Rolling Stone. (Spiegel & Grau/PRH, $28)

Joe Hill hasn’t needed his dad’s famous surname (King, as in Stephen King) to find success; see the NYT bestsellers The Fireman and Horns. The supremely scary stories in Strange Weather: Four Short Novels will delight hardcore horror fans and King fans, too. Rain turns from water to needles. Polaroids destroy memories. Psychopaths roam shopping malls. Hill zeroes in on the collapse of modern society, or climate change, or gun violence: contemporary issues turned deeply, irrevocably sinister. Joe Hill is “quite simply the best horror writer of our generation” (Michael Koryta). Is there a better author to read the week before Halloween? (William Morrow & Company/HarperCollins, $27.99)


  • The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1) by Melissa Caruso
  • The Beautiful Ones by Silvio Moreno-Garcia
  • Red, Yellow, and Green by Alejandro Saravia
  • The Infinite Now by Mindy Tarquini


  • The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America by Edward L. Ayers
  • The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks by Bruce Bartlett
  • The Great Gasbag: An A-to-Z Study Guide to Surviving Trump World by Joy Behar
  • Unqualified by Anna Faris
  • Christmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders
  • Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that Shaped America’s Destiny by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yager
  • Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela
  • The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
  • Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood


  • A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter by Nikki Giovanni