USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week in her New and Noteworthy column:
1. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (Scribner, fiction, on sale Sept. 26)
- What it’s about: A mysterious sleeping disorder that can cause women to become violent and feral disrupts an Appalachian town.
- The buzz: It’s shaping up to be a blockbuster fall for Stephen King, between this new novel, co-written with his son, and It, the mega movie adaptation that’s scaring up lots of business in theaters.
2. Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben (Dutton, fiction, on sale Sept. 26)
- What it’s about: Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas is drawn back to a dark period in his life when new clues turn up in the murder of his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend 15 years earlier.
- The buzz: Coben’s thriller Fool Me Once landed at No. 1 last year on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.
3. Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris (Minotaur, fiction, on sale Sept. 26)
- What it’s about: Aurora Teagarden has a lot to deal with: a new baby, a nanny who has disappeared, and a dead body in the backyard.
- The buzz: This is the 10th book in the best-selling mystery series; Harris also is known for her Sookie Stackhouse books.
4. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, fiction, on sale Sept. 26)
- What it’s about: A poor boy named Johnny can speak with animals after a kind woman gives him magical seeds; for ages 8-12.
- The buzz: The Steads completed and illustrated this tale based on a fragment of a story that was found in the Mark Twain archive at the University of California, Berkeley.
5. Five-Carat Soul by James McBride (Riverhead, fiction, on sale Sept. 26)
- What it’s about: Never-before published stories by McBride, who won the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird.
- The buzz: “Humming with invention and energy,” says Publishers Weekly.