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54 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out May 28 – June 3, 2024

By Kobo • May 28, 2024New eBooks and Audiobooks

A few of the books we’re most looking forward to this week

Movies have directors, sports teams have coaches, and even if it’s not widely understood what a producer does it is generally understood that music gets recorded for release with their help. Books are peculiar not because they’re written without someone coaching and guiding the author whose name appears on the cover, but because that person, the editor, is kept largely hidden from the public. But ask any author about their experience with the editors they’ve worked with: good or bad, every author will tell you the editor’s contributions mattered. So it’s no surprise that the late Judith Jones is no household name. Yet over her 65-year career Jones was credited with publishing The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank after several other publishers had rejected it, making Julia Child, Madhur Jaffrey, and Jacques Pépin (to name just a few culinary icons) into authors of essential cookbooks, and working on canonical books with American novelists John Updike and Anne Tyler, as well as French writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America by Sara B. Franklin tells the story of Jones’ career and argues that in addition to being a reliable hitmaker for the company we now know as the publishing behemoth Penguin Random House, Jones was a cultural force who hardly received credit for her work at the time, let alone the lasting influence it's had. Learning about Jones won’t make other editors more visible, but it does give readers a sense of how much difference one astute reader can make when the right book finds them. (Protip: if you’re curious about editors, check the acknowledgements page. Most authors thank their editors there; when the editor’s name precedes that of children, spouses, and agents, you can bet their contribution was substantial.)

In Housemates by novelist Emma Copley Eisenberg, housemates Bernie and Leah decide that Bernie’s photography professor’s surprising and complicated bequeathment is a great reason to hit the road together, sharing not only a confined space but the innermost stuff of their hearts. The two artists make a project of the trip to Bernie’s rural Pennsylvanian home, capturing in images and words whatever America has to show them along the way. It’s a love story of a sort, but not a romance—yet it’s not an unromantic book either. Whatever it is between Bernie and Leah, they learn that just because they can’t name it doesn’t mean it’s not real.

Speaking of housemates, it does seem like no matter what economists and politicians say about how great the economy is doing, for a lot of folks the signs of a flourishing economy are scarce—while signs that things are tougher than ever are everywhere. To describe this widespread feeling of economic malaise amidst strong economic indicators, financial analyst Kyla Scanlon coined the term “vibecession.” In her first book, In This Economy? How Money & Markets Really Work, Scanlon offers an overview to readers of what all of these hot topics of finance inter-operate, and which ones become meaningful to people on a day-to-day basis—and how. How much does it matter whether mortgage rates are going up or down? Does the national debt matter? What’s a “fed” and why are people so concerned with what it(? they? she?) does? Is there anything I’m doing that’s financially bad for me that I think is good? For Scanlon, the only dumb questions are the ones you don’t ask, making In This Economy? an essential handbook through boom, bust, vibecessions, and beyond.

More books coming out now

🧰 Help and How-to

You Deserve Good Gelato by Kacie Rose

The New Rules by Margarita Nazarenko

Burn Your Sh*t: The Life-Changing Magic of Rituals by Lori Dyan

High-Functioning Anxiety: A 5-Step Guide to Calming the Inner Panic and Thriving by Dr. Lalitaa Suglani

💡 Big Ideas

In This Economy? How Money & Markets Really Work by Kyla Scanlon

Wînipêk: Visions of Canada from an Indigenous Centre by Niigaan Sinclair

The Book-Makers: A History of the Book in Eighteen Lives by Adam Smyth

🗣 True Stories

The Prince: The Turbulent Reign of Justin Trudeau by Stephen Maher

The War We Won Apart: The Untold Story of Two Elite Agents Who Became One of the Most Decorated Couples of WWII by Nahlah Ayed

Crooked Teeth: A Queer Syrian Refugee Memoir by Danny Ramadan

A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko

Long Haul: Hunting the Highway Serial Killers by Frank Figliuzzi

Black Redcoats: The Corps of Colonial Marines, 1814-1816 by Matthew Taylor

The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America by Sara B. Franklin

💘 Romance

Fighting for Adalyn by Katie Reus

California Waves by Bella Andre and Nicky Arden

Last Minute Fiancé by Carrie Ann Ryan

Man in Black by Julie Ann Walker

Finally Home by Kris Michaels

A Little Kissing Between Friends by Chencia C. Higgins

🗡️ Action, Crime, and Mystery

Guilty Mothers by Angela Marsons

Southern Man by Greg Iles

Camino Ghosts by John Grisham

In the Key of Death by Scott Hunter

Eruption by Michael Crichton and James Patterson

Into the Fire by Allison Brennan

First Frost by Craig Johnson

🖊️ Literary & Contemporary Fiction

You Are Here by David Nicholls

The Passionate Tudor: A Novel of Queen Mary I by Alison Weir

Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg

The Winner by Teddy Wayne

Mood Swings by Frankie Barnet

The Second Coming by Garth Risk Hallberg

Vigil: Stories by Susie Taylor

✨ Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Speculative Fiction

Brotherhood of the Fallen by TJ Green

The Fireborne Blade by Charlotte Bond

Dreadful by Caitlin Rozakis

Harbinger by A.J. Calvin

Evocation by S.T. Gibson

Flawless Girls by Anna-Marie McLemore

Any Human Power by Manda Scott

The Thief by G. S. Jennsen

Kaine's Regret by D.M. Pruden

Ghostdrift by Suzanne Palmer

NecroTek by Jonathan Maberry

🗯 Manga & Graphic Novels

Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! Light Novel Vol. 18 by FUNA

Dungeon Builder: The Demon King's Labyrinth is a Modern City! (Manga) Vol. 9 by Rui Tsukiyo

The Fruit of Evolution (Light Novel), Vol. 09 by Miku

Only the Stars Know by Nagisa Furuya

Teasing Master Takagi-san, Vol. 19 by Soichiro Yamamoto

What Did You Eat Yesterday? 21 by Fumi Yoshinaga

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation - Recollections (Light Novel) by Rifujin na Magonote

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