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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. Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, non-fiction, on sale Oct. 3)

What it’s about: A biography of legendary, complex boxer Muhammad Ali (“The Greatest”), who died in 2016 at age 74.

The buzz: “Evenhanded…sharp quotations and expert pacing make the 600-plus pages light on their feet,” says Publishers Weekly.

2. Origin by Dan Brown (Doubleday, fiction, on sale Oct. 3)

What it’s about: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code) returns in this thriller set in Spain, on the hunt (and run) again as he searches for a cryptic password.

The buzz: Brown’s series featuring Langdon has sold millions of copies. The last title, Inferno, hit No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list in 2013.

3. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner, fiction, on sale Oct. 3)

What it’s about: During World War II, a woman goes to work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and her search for her missing father leads her into the world of gangsters, showgirls and graft.

The buzz: The novel has been long-listed for the National Book Award fiction prize.

4. I’m Fine…and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings (Putnam, non-fiction, on sale Oct. 3)

What it’s about: In this memoir, the comedian/writer (2 Broke Girls) tells some wild tales from her life, including her too-close encounter with a Guatemalan prison.

The buzz: Cummings joins the parade of funny women penning their stories (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer…).

5. Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast (Bloomsbury, non-fiction, on sale Oct. 3)

What it’s about: A humorous graphic memoir by the native Brooklynite about excursions into the Big City.

The buzz: Chast also wrote the much-buzzed about Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a graphic memoir about her elderly parents.

 

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