10 best books of October: the Monitor's picks

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

10. "Longbourn," by Jo Baker

Lovers of Jane Austen (which is to say, most of the reading public) will find Longbourn – British author Jo Baker's novelistic homage to "Pride and Prejudice" – absolutely irresistible. Set in the home of "Pride and Prejudice" heroine Elizabeth Bennet, "Longbourne" focuses on the servants in the Bennet household, while providing insightful glimpses of the drama going on upstairs as well. Book clubs in search of that perfect holiday read need look no farther. You can read the Monitor's full review of "Longbourn" here.

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