Books: New and noteworthy: Dan Brown, ‘Ali’ – USA TODAY
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.
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.