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29 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out November 17 - 23

By Kobo • November 17, 2020New & Hot Reads

Welcome back to New & Hot Reads, where we talk about some of the most anticipated books coming out now

Barack Obama was already a bestselling author before he was sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States almost 12 years ago. And while his post-presidency written statements still command attention, since 2006’s The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream he’s published just a single children’s picture book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters in 2010. With the end of his administration now 4 years in the past, and some friendly competition on the bestseller list from former First Lady Michelle Obama’s blockbuster memoir, Becoming (facilitated by the couple’s very lucrative deal with Mr. Obama’s longtime publisher), the former president returns with A Promised Land, the first in a promised two-volume set of presidential memoirs. In this volume we get Obama's familiar voice charting the course of his political career, through his time in the senate, and ending with him meeting the SEAL team that executes the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound. That’s a lot of ground to cover in a single book, and he takes the space to do it with consideration: coming in at over 1000 pages, and just under 30 hours of reading time, it’s a fitting book to release to a reading public with nowhere to go and nothing to do all winter. And of course for readers growing tired of the sound of their own footsteps while looking forward to enjoying the company of others, Obama narrates the audiobook version himself. (We happen to prefer the Obamas in the audiobook format - Ed.)

Last week we noted a strange and wonderful publishing phenomenon, in which several significant volumes of poetry were released simultaneously. This week Rupi Kaur, the author almost entirely responsible for poetry’s recent resurgence, releases her third book home body. It’s as self-reflective and intimate as her readers have come to expect (and as brief) and arrives at a time when it seems everybody is some kind of a homebody.

Fans of the musical-comedy TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will want to check out star and co-creator Rachel Bloom’s new book I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are. It’s a collection of essays, poems (!), and even an amusement park map (!!) that employs the same unflinching sense of humour to examine themes of mental health -- and illness -- that made the show such a cult hit. Bloom’s fans should also check out No One Asked for This: Essays, written by screenwriter and actress Cazzie David, daughter of Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David. Her sense of humour is as off-beat as her father’s with a twist of Gen-Z irreverence and vulnerability.

More books coming out November 17 - 23

✍ Poetry

💭 Big Ideas

🗣 True Stories

💘 Romance

🗡️ Thrillers, Action, and Crime fiction

🖊️ Literary Fiction

✨ Tales of Other Worlds and Other Times



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