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57 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out April 9 – 15, 2024

By Kobo • April 09, 2024New eBooks and Audiobooks

The books we’re most looking forward to this week

Leigh Bardugo is best known for her YA Shadow and Bone series as well as other books set in a world called the Grishaverse. But lately she’s been venturing out beyond the bounds of Grisha, first with the Alex Stern series of novels for adults, and now with The Familiar, her first novel billed as a “standalone.” Set in Madrid during the late 15th century, it’s the story of Luiza, a scullery maid with magical gifts, who one day catches the eye of her mistress who sees in the servant girl a means for social climbing. Brought into the orbit of the most powerful people in the nascent Spanish empire, Luiza’s reputation grows, but so does the scrutiny of her elite audience. Turning to history to provide the scaffolding she’s so skilled at developing herself seems less a mark of Bardugo’s fiction growing up (we recognize no demographic limits to “young adult” fiction) than the prodigious author allowing her imagination to grow out.

Anne Fleming’s Curiosities is also a work of historical fiction, but the magic here is in the interweaving of five manuscripts telling the story of The Plague, which leaves only two of a village’s inhabitants alive (but we must concede, the pair of survivors befriends a woman accused of witchcraft and condemned to death). The survivors, a pair of girls named Thomasina and Joan, are hired out to different families where they build separate lives: years later, Tom and Joan reunite and fall in love. What happened to the star-crossed lovers? Enter Anne, a reader puzzling through each of the contradictory manuscripts. Anne Fleming has been writing off-beat, surprising fiction and poetry for over twenty years, gaining a reputation as a certain kind of “writer’s writer,” and her latest novel shows that she’s as curious about what fiction can do as ever.

In Cultish, Amanda Montell looked into what people find so attractive about cults: what draws them in, and how easily can any of us end up selling our belongings and swearing fealty to a charismatic leader—and specifically what are the words they use to describe themselves and seduce their followers? In The Age of Magical Overthinking, Montell turns her attention to cognitive biases that are part of the firmware of the human brain. These mechanisms designed to filter information quickly and keep us from being overwhelmed are no match for the deluge of information (both the misinformation of the enthusiastically uninformed and the disinformation spread by bad actors and their troll farms) that now comes at us daily, leading us to seek shelter in irrational beliefs. Montell ultimately believes that while the world has changed from what our paleolithic ancestors had evolved to handle, it’s still possible for us to make sense of it if we cut ourselves some slack to make mistakes along the way.

More books coming out now

🧰 Help and How-to

The Wealth Money Can't Buy: The 8 Hidden Habits to Live Your Richest Life by Robin Sharma

Releasing the Mother Load: How to Carry Less and Enjoy Motherhood More by Erica Djossa

Mind Your Manners: How to Be Your Best Self in Any Situation by Sara Jane Ho

Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness by Renée Fleming

The Stoic Mindset: Living the Ten Principles of Stoicism by Mark Tuitert

Red Flags, Green Flags: Modern psychology for everyday drama by Dr Ali Fenwick

The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Your Sensitive Self, Your Relationships, and the World by Judith Orloff

💡 Big Ideas

The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality by Amanda Montell

40 Days & 40 Hikes: Loving the Bruce Trail One Loop at a Time by Nicola Ross

Health for All: A Doctor's Prescription for a Healthier Canada by Jane Philpott

Somehow: Thoughts on Love by Anne Lamott

Quantum Theory (A Concise Edition) by Niels Bohr and Max Planck

🗣 True Stories

The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook by Hampton Sides

The French Ingredient: Making a Life in Paris One Lesson at a Time; A Memoir by Jane Bertch

In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story by Ghada Karmi

Finish What We Started: The MAGA Movement's Ground War to End Democracy by Isaac Arnsdorf

Tripped: Nazi Germany, the CIA, and the Dawn of the Psychedelic Age by Norman Ohler

Fi: A Memoir of My Son by Alexandra Fuller

💘 Romance

A Taste of Whiskey by Melissa Foster

The Beloved by J.R. Ward

The Bicycle Book Club by Jessie Newton

The Dreadful Duke by Grace Burrowes

A Promise of Peridot by Kate Golden

The Hemlock Queen by Hannah Whitten

How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang

The Kiss Countdown by Etta Easton

🗡️ Action, Crime, and Mystery

Toxic Prey by John Sandford

Simon Says... Swim by Dale Mayer

Death in the Spires by KJ Charles

Daughter of Mine by Megan Miranda

Death in a Lonely Place (Jake Jackson, Book 2) by Stig Abell

Catchpenny by Charlie Huston

🖊️ Literary & Contemporary Fiction

The Song of the Bees by Kristin Gleeson

A Sweet Sting of Salt by Rose Sutherland

The Celestial Wife by Leslie Howard

The Twilight Garden by Sara Nisha Adams

Mania by Lionel Shriver

Curiosities by Anne Fleming

The House of Broken Bricks by Fiona Williams

Myrrh by Polly Hall

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

The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

The Book That Broke the World by Mark Lawrence

Wicked Problems by Max Gladstone

Lyorn by Steven Brust

Grey Dog by Elliott Gish

Dragonfruit by Makiia Lucier

Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes

Mal Goes to War by Edward Ashton

Jed the Dead by Alan Dean Foster

Ringworld by Christopher Redd

🗯 Manga & Graphic Novels

Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 29 by Tomohito Oda

Black or White, Vol. 8 (Yaoi Manga) by Sachimo

Dandadan, Vol. 7 by Yukinobu Tatsu

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 9 by Waco Ioka

Chronicles of an Aristocrat Reborn in Another World (Manga) Vol. 9 by Yashu

The Ice Guy and the Cool Girl 04 by Miyuki Tonogaya

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (Light Novel) Vol. 18 by Kumanano

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