The Best New Books on Scribd: October Edition

We’re constantly adding new content for you to read on Scribd. In case you missed it, here are some of the best audiobooks and ebooks that were added to the service this past month:


Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

One of the best historical biographers of our time writes about one of the greatest artists and scientists of our past. If you loved Isaacson’s biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs, this is a must-listen.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

This is Egan’s first book since her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel A Visit From the Goon Squad in 2010, and it was worth the wait. Even before its release, it was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Grant by Ron Chernow

Putlitzer Prize–winning biographer Ron Chernow, of Alexander Hamilton fame, now takes on the American general Ulysses S. Grant in his latest. Between this and Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci (mentioned above), October is something special for historical biography fans.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

John Green’s first book since his mega-hit The Fault in Our Stars is a deeply personal one, as it explores mental health issues that have plagued the author his whole life. An existential story rendered with Green’s signature mix of humor, history, and heartbreak.

The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

This book by bestselling coauthors–slash–brothers Chip and Dan Heath is filled with fascinating information and plenty of inspiration. Don't just seize the day — seize the moment.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Beloved actor Tom Hanks proves he’s not only one the greatest on-screen talents in recent memory, he’s a supremely skilled writer, too. This collection contains seventeen whimsical stories, read by Hanks himself.

The Misfit’s Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch

If you enjoyed Yuknavitch’s TED Talk about being a misfit, or if you otherwise need reassurance that being a misfit is awesome, be sure to pick up her book. Yuknavitch has made quite a splash in the book world this year, with her novel The Book of Joan making a splash only a few months ago.


Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Just as Nike’s swoosh symbol is one of the most recognizable symbols of excellence around the world, this memoir from the shoe company’s founder, Phil Knight, has quickly become one of the most-lauded, must-read business books of all time.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Kaur’s first collection of poetry, Milk and Honey, has dominated the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, and now her second collection has skyrocketed straight to the top. It’s definitely time to read Kaur’s poems, whether you’ve been anxiously awaiting this collection or have never heard of her until now.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

A stirring and shocking story about how archivists in Timbuktu fought Al Qaeda by smuggling ancient texts out of the city and away from the terrorist’s destruction.

Even If It Kills Her by Kate White

Fans of White’s Bailey Weggins mystery series, rejoice — here’s the latest installment of the story, the first novel in the series since 2012. 

The Third Wave by Steve Case

As an AOL co-founder, Steve Case made surfing the web part of our everyday lives and ushered in the “first wave” of the Internet. Learn about the first and second wave, and what the third wave will be in his provocative book. 

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

A timely debut novel about many countries’s refusal to accept Jewish refugees during World War II. For fans of All the Light We Cannot See.

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