USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week in her New and Noteworthy column:
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.