10 best books of October: the Monitor's picks

Here are the 10 books Monitor critics liked best this month.

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2. "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems," by Billy Collins

Aimless Love is two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins's first compilation of new and selected poems in 12 years. Fans of Collins's style – which slips gracefully from serious to humorous and back again – will not be disappointed with this engaging new volume. In one of the book's poems, "Envoy," Collins commands: "Go, little book,/ out of this house and into the world, / ... stay out as late as you like,/ don’t bother to call or write,/ and talk to as many strangers as you can."  It's an order that "Aimless Love" should easily fulfill. You can read the Monitor's full review of "Aimless Love" here.

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