Dan Brown will deliver a new thriller, and even Robert Langdon himself — aka Tom Hanks — is dipping his toe into fiction with a collection of short stories. More big names, including Alice Waters, John le Carré, Amy Tan and Matthew Weiner, will soon hit bookstores. USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg looks at 10 cool books for fall.
1. A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré (Viking, fiction, on sale Sept. 5)
What it’s about: Peter Guillam, now retired from the British Secret Service, is summoned to London to answer questions from a new generation with little patience for Cold War tactics.
Cool factor: This is the first le Carré thriller in more than 25 years to feature spymaster George Smiley.
2. Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter, non-fiction, on sale Sept. 5)
What it’s about: A memoir by the chef (and cookbook author) who opened Chez Panisse, the influential Berkeley, Calif., restaurant, when she was 27 in 1971.
Cool factor: Waters, at the forefront of the local/organic food movement, has seen her influence extend all the way to Michelle Obama’s White House garden.
3. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Knopf, fiction, on sale Sept. 12)
What it’s about: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo mega-series continues as imprisoned punk hacker Lisbeth Salander teams with Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist to uncover the truth about her childhood and to exact revenge.
Cool factor: This is the second Millennium sequel written by Lagercrantz and sanctioned by Stieg Larsson’s estate; the first, 2015’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, was a No. 1 USA TODAY best seller.
4. 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 where the main employer is a women’s prison.
Cool factor: This is the first time Stephen King has co-written a book with his son (also an author), a project he calls a “blessing” and a “thrill.”
5. Origin by Dan Brown (Doubleday, fiction, on sale Oct. 3)
What it’s about: The action moves to Spain as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon gets caught up in intrigue surrounding a former student’s high-tech discovery.