With fall in full swing, it’s fitting that October is filled with new books that you can curl up with (along with some chai) on a chilly afternoon. From a buzzy new cookbook to a highly lauded short story collection, here’s what we’ll be reading this month.

“Season: Big Flavor, Beautiful Food” by Nik Sharma

"Season" by Nik Sharma

This new cookbook by the India-born founder of the popular “A Brown Table” blog features 100 of author Nik Sharma’s recipes. The selected recipes reflect the diversity of cooking in the United States and include dishes from India, the American South and California, among other regions.

“Season” is set to be released on October 2, Order your copy here.

“Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods” by Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi new poetry collection

This new poetry collection by the Welsh-Indian poet Tishani Doshi is startlingly (and sadly) timely. Doshi’s third collection of poems center stories of women who have been abused and her verses give victims the change to speak out at last. One poem from “Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, titled “Rain at Three,” was recently featured in the New York Times Magazine.

Order your copy here.

“White Dancing Elephants” by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

"White Dancing Elephants"

Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s new book of short stories is being hailed as a fresh look at the inner lives of women of color. That’s part of the reason Bhuvaneswar’s new collection received the Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize last year. The women in Bhuvaneswar’s stories hail from regions as diverse as a rural Indian small town to a brief glimpse at what life was like for child slaves in Renaissance Portugal.

“White Dancing Elephants” hits shelves on October 9. Grab your copy here.

“The Films of Mira Nair: Diaspora Verite,” by Amardeep Singh

Amardeep Singh's new book on Mira Nair

Leigh University professor Amardeep Singh’s new book takes an in-depth look at Nair’s film career since then, specifically focusing on how she’s been a game changer in terms of Indian and feminist filmmaking. As her films “The Namesake” and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” show, a key theme in in Nair’s work has always been the lives of immigrants living in the diaspora. Singh dives into how the filmmaker uses these stories — and draws on her background as a documentary filmmaker — to create a style of film that is uniquely her own.

“The Films of Mira Nair: Diaspora Verite” will be released on October 15. Order it here.


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