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29 new eBooks and audiobooks we’re looking forward to this week

By Kobo • September 15, 2020New & Hot Reads

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

“What did the president know, and when did he know it?” is a question that’s been associated with, if not attributed (incorrectly) to, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Woodward, with his colleague Carl Bernstein, uncovered the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. But this phrase could also have been lifted from Woodward’s new book, Rage, in which the 77-year-old journalist reports on President Donald Trump’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Woodward draws on over a dozen interviews with the president, all on the record, to convey the habits of mind and temperament that the Trump administration has followed since taking office over 3 years ago. The most astonishing thing about this book is therefore not what the president knew or what he did about it, but how incredibly candid he was with a reporter whose investigative work has driven at least one president from office.

In Stakes is High: Life After the American Dream, essayist Mychal Denzel Smith, who the New York Times has described as an “intellectual in Air Jordans,” argues that America has been falling short of its ideals and closing off paths of opportunity while entrenching the positions of the powerful for a lot longer than a few years. (It’s a similar sentiment, if argued from a very different angle, to what Jeff Rubin puts forth in The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed By Globalization.) Smith is concerned with how individuals are pushed aside by institutions, and he offers ideas about how to turn things around -- a hopeful and inclusive proposal for making America great.

We know not every reader is up for deeper dives into current events and systemic social problems, so for those looking for escape Ken Follett returns with The Evening and the Morning, the 4th book in the series that began with his monumental bestseller The Pillars of the Earth. Follett twists the timeline of the series to set this newest book in the Middle Ages, the period just before Pillars. Though fans know where the story of The Evening and the Morning is headed, there’s still plenty of plotting to keep readers tapping their screens (Follett’s sprawling page counts make his oeuvre a case study in the benefits of eBooks) through the more than 30 hours most readers should expect to spend with this book.

In a similar vein of time-twisted fantasy, but without the baggage of an established series, Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn connects a young girl in contemporary North Carolina with a magical legacy that goes back centuries. After witnessing demons attacking unwitting humans and a band of mages hunting the beasts down, Bree Matthews might have gone right back to a relatively normal academic life, if only the mage tasked with wiping her memory hadn’t accidentally unleashed Bree’s own magical gifts -- and a buried memory about how her mother really died. Now she’s determined to uncover what police reports have tried to bury, even if she has to infiltrate a secret society descended from King Arthur himself. With so many elements in play, it comes as no surprise that a sequel is already in the works, and the birth of Legendborn is just the beginning.

More books coming out September 15 - 21

💭 Big Ideas

✍️ True Stories

💘 Romance

🗡️ Crime Fiction and Thrillers

🖊️ Contemporary Fiction

✨ Tales of Other Worlds and Other Times

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