“The Midnight Library,” Matt Haig — This imaginative novel, by the author of “How to Stop Time,” explores the many possible lives that a quantumly weird library opens to a depressed 30-something woman.
Other notable releases: fiction — “The Return,” Nicholas Sparks; nonfiction — “Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius” Ryan Holiday; “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” Mariah Carey
“Welcome to Sudden Death” (R): Streaming on Netflix and headed straight to DVD, this is a “sequel” to 1995’s “Sudden Death” featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme saving a hockey-game crowd from terrorists. This time around, the actor (Michael Jai White) and sport (basketball) are changed up.
“Star Wars: Squadrons” (Playstation 4, Xbox One): The game returns the franchise to its dogfighting-centric roots, has a plethora of customization options and may particularly please those with virtual-reality systems.
Another notable release: “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” (Playstation 4, Xbox One)
“A Holly Dolly Christmas” (Dolly Parton): This might be the album we need in 2020. Dolly releases her first Christmas album in 30 years, and it features duets with folks such as Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon and Willie Nelson.
Other notable releases: “Bon Jovi 2020” (Bon Jovi), “Live Around the World” (Queen & Adam Lambert), “The Rarities” (Mariah Carey)