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