The start of a new month means a fresh set of books to dive into. From first time memoirs to collections of short stories, October's newcomers are already creating well-deserved buzz. Pick up one of these three books the next time you visit Garden District Book Shop!


Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef by Aarón Sánchez (October 1)

The New Orleans chef, who rose to fame through shows like MasterChef and Chopped, has released his first memoir. Throughout the memoir, Sánchez interlaces his experiences with recipes and invaluable lessons from his upbringing and training. New Orleans also plays a pivotal role in the memoir: He moved here at 16 to work for Chef Paul Prudhomme. Readers will get an inside look at the nontraditional life of a professional chef and television personality, while leaving with lessons Sánchez learned along the way.


Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith (October 8)

In Zadie Smith's first collection of short stories, readers will be privy to 11 completely new and unpublished stories. The genres and perspectives vary, as due the times (some are historic, while others are current). Those who are familiar with Smith's work will be pleased to find that her fresh and original writing is very much at the forefront.


The Giver of Stars: A Novel by Jojo Moyes (October 8)

Jojo Moyes is back with another extraordinary read! Set in the Depression-era, the book follows five women and their journey through the mountains of Kentucky in their quest to deliver books as a part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new (at the time) traveling library. Reviewers call the book funny, with heartbreaking moments seamlessly woven in.