Trending Books: September 19 – 25

Ah, fall—with the changing season comes shorter days, russet leaves, and a whole new set of top trending books. We spotted what people are raving about on Twitter, and the list is chockfull of excitement.

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From iPhones and laptops to helium-filled hard drives and high definition TV’s, we are smack dab in the middle of a perpetually advancing high-tech world—or not, according to prolific entrepreneur Peter Thiel. In his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Thiel explores the concept of how we are currently living “in an age of technological stagnation.” Don’t simply build what somebody else already has—create something new. In these pages you will unlock secrets as to how to achieve the mindset that complete innovation is key—and in the process catch a glimpse of America’s future progress.

Find yourself jerked back from the shiny world of Silicon Valley and thrown into a post-apocalyptic Middle America with John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van: A Novel. Draw back in shock as you come face-to-face with Sean Phillips—a horribly disfigured recluse who is the creator of the text-based roleplaying game, Trace Italian— and feel the dawning horror as you realize that the game’s mail-based instructions may produce fatal results.

On the topic of fatal, pick up Melissa Marr’s Made For You and meet Eva Tilling, the lucky survivor of a murder attempt who wakes up in the hospital to find that she possesses the power to foresee the death of whoever she touches. With the help of her former (handsome) flame, the rocky couple must race against time to uncover answers and save their friends—but they must resist ripping each other’s throats out, first.

Take a breather with Underwater Puppies by Seth Casteel—because there is no better cure for anything than vibrant images of adorable canines swimming about, and then proceed to rediscover a sense of bright optimism with Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, a tale of estranged twins—one, a rebellious red lipstick-wearing ball of energy and the other, a withdrawn and isolated spirit—and how they eventually find their way back together.

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