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10 best books of October: the Monitor's picks

From World War I-era Europe to contemporary Spain to the limitless realm of poetry, the best books of October offer a particularly lively kind of world tour. Of them all, here are the 10 October books that Monitor critics liked the most. 

1. "Thank You For Your Service," by David Finkel

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Washington Post journalist David Finkel followed an American infantry battalion in Iraq in his 2009 book "The Good Soldiers." In Thank You For Your Service Finkel offers a follow up to that work, this time exploring a subject less often considered: what happens when troops come home from military service. In so doing, Finkel has produced "a stunning, moving, subdued masterpiece of a book," writes Monitor book critic book Craig Fehrman. Although his subject is both grim and complex, Fehrman writes that Finkel "infuses his writing with the same thrill as a page-turner." You can read the Monitor's full review of "Thank You For Your Service" here.

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