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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

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include Sleeping Beauties, a horror novel by Stephen King and his son, Owen King.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King; Scribner, 720 pp.; fiction

The first epic collaboration between Stephen and Owen King is part enchanting fable and part cautionary tale, positing this “what if?” notion: What if all the women in the world were to nod off to sleep and not wake up?

The small West Virginia town of Dooling is struggling even before the outbreak of a sleeping disease known as Aurora (named after the snoozing Sleeping Beauty princess): Drug abuse, crime, sexism and a not-so-neighborly undercurrent plague this bit of coal country.

It all simmers beneath the surface until an enigmatic woman named Eve Black shows up and leaves her bloody mark on some unlucky meth junkies.

Lila Norcross, the town’s embattled female chief of police, remands Eve to Clint, Lila’s husband and a psychiatrist with a good soul but a hard upbringing who works at the women’s prison.

The inmates as well as the ladies around town start to fall asleep, becoming enveloped in a cocoon composed of a sticky organic substance of unknown origin. Waking them up is a bad idea — doing so launches the victim into a vicious assault on anybody nearby.

USA TODAY says ***½ out of four stars. “Ambitious, heartbreaking and, when it comes to its central horrors, all too timely.”

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years by David Litt; Ecco, 320 pp.; non-fiction

Litt’s entertaining memoir about his…