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I do not like getting up in the dark. I clearly remember the days when we used to change the clocks the third weekend in October; I need the hour back that we gave up last March. NOW! Is anyone with me?

Last weekend was a wonderful bookish blur. Ron Chernow’s sold-out keynote presentation at the Morristown Festival of Books on Friday night was fabulous. For anyone who thinks that history is dry, spend an evening listening to Chernow and your mind will be changed. His talk was full of anecdotes about Ulysses S. Grant, those of him as a soldier, a general, a husband, a father, a leader and a president. He moved from one story to the next at a brisk pace that had the audience riveted. A copy of his book, GRANT, was part of the ticket price, and it was lovely to see attendees weighing the heft of the book, which clocks in at 1,104 pages, with reverence. My husband started reading it as soon as we got home. The crowd was completely engaged, and he was impressed with the questions that were asked. I agree. Clearly people were passionate about the subject matter --- one woman had been touring a number of sites where Grant had lived and traveled; another was related to a historical figure mentioned in the book. In fact, Chernow said that the questions brought up some nice memories from his research with what they referenced. Lovely evening. And he was very available to speak with guests at the sponsor party.

On Sale This Week

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of October 16th and October 23rd that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

This week, we are calling attention to our "What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?" contest on ReadingGroupGuides.com, where three book groups will win 12 copies of the movie tie-in edition of MUDBOUND by Hillary Jordan. The deadline for your entries is Wednesday, November 8th at noon ET.

We also are spotlighting three of our most recent reviews: ORIGIN by Dan Brown, WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman, the latter of which we have a Q&A with the author.

Fall Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about in the months to come. Read more about it, and enter our Fall Preview Contest by Friday, October 20th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of EDUCATED: A Memoir by Tara Westover, which releases on February 20th and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On selection. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Summer Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Friday, August 25th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of SWING TIME by Zadie Smith, which releases in paperback on September 5th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Spring Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlightsa book that we know people will be talking about this spring. Read more about it, and enter our Spring Preview Contest by Friday, April 21st at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of HARD-HEARTED HIGHLANDER: The Highland Grooms, Book 3 by Julia London, which releases on April 25th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Winter Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that releases this winter. Read more about it, and enter our Winter Reading Contest by Friday, February 24th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of IF I COULD TELL YOU by Elizabeth Wilhide, which releases on February 28th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Holiday Cheer

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that is perfect for holiday giving and that you may want to include on your “to me/from me” list. Read more about it, and enter our Holiday Cheer Contest by Wednesday, December 21st at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE WIDOWER'S WIFE by Cate Holahan, which is now available. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Fall Showcase

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights multiple books coming out this fall. Read more about them, and enter our Fall Showcase Contest by Friday, October 25th at noon ET for a chance to win one of five copies of each of the following books: THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg, THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin, CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois, A NANTUCKET CHRISTMAS by Nancy Thayer, and NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl.