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When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa.
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USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Dutton Books for Young Readers, fiction, on sale Oct. 10)

What it’s about: Sixteen-year-old Aza and best friend Daisy investigate the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, with a $100,000 reward at stake.

The buzz: Green also wrote the young-adult blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars, which became a hit movie starring Shailene Woodley.

2. Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis (Little, Brown, non-fiction, on sale Oct. 10)

What it’s about: A biography of the rock pioneer and member of the Velvet Underground, who died in 2013 at age 71.

 

The buzz: “A rough-edged, straight-talking biography,” says Booklist.

3. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster, fiction, on sale Oct. 10)

What it’s about: This prequel to Hoffman’s witchy best seller Practical Magic goes back to the 1960s and the early years of another set of supernatural Owens siblings, Franny, Jet and Vincent.

The buzz: “Spellbinding,” Publishers Weekly says in a starred review.

4. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy (Hachette, non-fiction, on sale Oct. 10)

What it’s about: Tells the true story of young, female college graduates (more “Hidden Figures”) who were recruited during World War II to crack code, including a crucial Japanese code that helped the U.S. win the Battle of Midway.

The buzz: “The book is a winner…a sleek, compelling narrative,” says Kirkus Reviews.

5. Beyond the Messy Truth by Van Jones (Ballantine, non-fiction, on sale Oct. 10)

What it’s about: In the wake of the 2016 election, Jones offers his thoughts on “How We Came Apart, How We Come Together,” as the subtitle says.

The buzz: Jones has raised his profile with his political commentary on CNN.

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