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80 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out November 29 – January 2, 2023

By Kobo • November 29, 2022New eBooks and Audiobooks

The last batch of big new books for coming out in 2022

This is it—the last load-in of new books of the year! So here’s your rapid-fire overview of what’s landing at the end of 2022…

The holidays are a great time for picking up factoid-packed non-fiction that lends itself to looking up and telling whoever’s in ear shot, “hey did you know…?” Heather Radke’s Butts: A Backstory is just such a book, packed with curious insights about the cultural history of the derriere, from fashion’s attempts to maximize or minimize our hindparts to the evolutionary biology of our glutes as distinctly human features.

Speaking of human quirks, Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire will give you a fresh perspective on how our constructed environments have created demarcations between animals who we welcome and ones we seek to exclude or even eradicate—and how those animals have adapted to survive despite us.

Stella Maris, the sequel to Cormac McCarthy’s still brand-new novel The Passenger, picks up in a setting adjacent to the first book, but strikes a mournful tone with the story of Alicia Western, a brilliant young woman who checks herself into a psychiatric hospital. If two McCarthy novels in rapid succession feels like more than you can handle, note that Stella Maris is more of a long novella and will fit entirely into a lazy late December afternoon.

Each of the books in rocket scientist-turned-novelist Susan Kaye Quinn’s Nothing is Promised self-described “hopepunk” series would also fill out a block of leisurely winter days. The latest is Yet You Cry When It Hurts.

Crime novelist S. A. Cosby’s 2021 breakthrough Razorblade Tears prompted a republishing of his earlier, overlooked work including My Darkest Prayer, a story about a small town vet and ex-sheriff’s deputy who everyone trusts to get to the bottom of a beloved local minister’s murder—even if the authorities would rather sweep it under the rug.

In 2016 comedian Rob Delaney’s son Henry died at the age of three from a brain tumour—an illness that grew in severity while Delaney was working on the TV series Catastrophe which he co-wrote and co-created. Delaney was open about his grief on twitter (a medium in which Delaney excels) and we now have his heartfelt reflections on the loss of Henry and the emotional storm that raged in the aftermath in his book, A Heart that Works.

Sadly, the nearly year-long war in Ukraine is unlikely to end before the new year is rung in. As conflict rages, the first books attempting to document the events are beginning to be published, such as Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia’s Bloody War and Ukraine’s Fight for Survival by Luke Harding, a journalist who has worked as a foreign correspondent for The Guardian newspaper and was based in Russia until being deported for his critical writing. Also out now is A Message from Ukraine: Speeches 2019 – 2022 by Volodymyr Zelensky, through which readers can get a view of the mindset of the Ukrainian president during the military aid scandal that led to the impeachment inquiry of US President Trump through to the current invasion by Russia.

Piper Rayne’s The Greene Family pauses to celebrate the season in A Greene Family Christmas, the 9.5th book in the romance series.

Kosoko Jackson’s A Dash of Salt and Pepper is a rom-com about single-father chef Logan who needs help being the manager his short-staffed restaurant kitchen needs, and recently-dumped Xavier needs a job. At first they can’t stand each other, but then the sparks start to fly…

Finally, in the spirit of setting New Year’s resolutions you’ll want to keep, there are several self-help books that emphasize self-acceptance, such as How to Meet Your Self: The Workbook for Self-Discovery by Dr. Nicole LaPera, How to Be Love(d): Simple Truths for Going Easier on Yourself, Embracing Imperfection & Loving Your Way to a Better Life by Humble the Poet. And for those of you who like your self-compassion to feel like exercise, there’s The Self-Talk Workout: Six Science-Backed Strategies to Dissolve Self-Criticism and Transform the Voice in Your Head by Rachel Goldsmith Turow.

More books coming out November 29 – January 2, 2023

🧰 Help and How-to

Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy's Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love by Tori Dunlap

How to Meet Your Self: The Workbook for Self-Discovery by Dr. Nicole LePera

The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly: Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You by Margareta Magnusson

The Sugar Jar: Create Boundaries, Embrace Self-Healing, and Enjoy the Sweet Things in Life by Yasmine Cheyenne

Flex Your Age: Defy Stereotypes and Reclaim Empowerment by Joan MacDonald

How to Be Love(d): Simple Truths for Going Easier on Yourself, Embracing Imperfection & Loving Your Way to a Better Life by Humble the Poet

How to Meet Your Self: The Workbook for Self-Discovery by Dr. Nicole LePera

Born to Run 2: The Ultimate Training Guide by Christopher McDougall

The Self-Talk Workout: Six Science-Backed Strategies to Dissolve Self-Criticism and Transform the Voice in Your Head by Rachel Goldsmith Turow

Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises by Ray Dalio

Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul by Evette Dionne


💡 Big Ideas

Sold Out: How Broken Supply Chains, Surging Inflation, and Political Instability Will Sink the Global Economy by James Rickards

A Message from Ukraine: Speeches, 2019-2022 by Volodymyr Zelensky

Our Book of Awesome: A Celebration of the Small Joys That Bring Us Together by Neil Pasricha

The Anatomy of Genres: How Story Forms Explain the Way the World Works by John Truby

Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire

Butts: A Backstory by Heather Radke

How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler


🗣 True Stories

A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney

The Lighthouse of Stalingrad: The Hidden Truth at the Heart of the Greatest Battle of World War II by Iain MacGregor

THE JANUARY 6 REPORT: Findings from the Select Committee to Investigate the Attack on the U.S. Capitol with Reporting, Analysis and Visuals by The New York Times by The New York Times and The January 6 Select Committee

How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future by Maria Ressa

Remainders of the Day: A Bookshop Diary by Shaun Bythell

A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents by Mary-Alice Daniel

Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia's Bloody War and Ukraine's Fight for Survival by Luke Harding

The Forever Witness: How DNA and Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder by Edward Humes


💘 Romance

State of Shock (First Family Series, Book 4) by Marie Force

Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews

Leopard's Scar by Christine Feehan

The Wicked Truth by Melissa Foster

Just One Taste: The Dirty Dares by Carly Phillips

A Greene Family Christmas by Piper Rayne

The Path to You by Carrie Ann Ryan

Landon by Dale Mayer

Just for the Holidays... by Adriana Herrera

A Dash of Salt and Pepper by Kosoko Jackson

In It to Win It by Sharon C. Cooper


🗡️ Action, Crime, and Mystery

A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny

The Innocent Wife by Lisa Regan

Tom Clancy Red Winter by Marc Cameron

Murder at the Debutante Ball by C.J. Archer

Tick Tock by Fern Michaels

Chase Her Shadow by D.K. Hood

Bookclubbed to Death by V.M. Burns

A Death in Tokyo by Keigo Higashino

My Darkest Prayer by S. A. Cosby

Someone Had to Do It by Amber and Danielle Brown

That Dangerous Energy by Aya de León


🖊️ Literary & Contemporary Fiction

The Orphan’s Letters (The Red Cross Orphans, Book 2) by Glynis Peters

Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy

All the Broken Places by John Boyne

A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar

A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella

The Opportunist by Elyse Friedman

The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds

Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion by Bushra Rehman


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

The Heretic Royal by G.A. Aiken

Queen of Myth and Monsters by Scarlett St. Clair

Cast in Eternity by Michelle Sagara

Santa Grint by Jodi Taylor

Shenanigans by Mercedes Lackey

Into the West by Mercedes Lackey

A Sacrifice of Light by Azalea Ellis

The Siege of Earth by Kyle West

Yet You Cry When It Hurts by Susan Kaye Quinn

Cracked Palace by Dave Walsh

More Than Utopia by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Finding Solace by Karl Drinkwater

Harm's Way by David Mack

A Fractured Infinity by Nathan Tavares


💬 Manga & Graphic Novels

Cat Kid Comic Club: Collaborations: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #4): From the Creator of Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 5 Volume 1 by Miya Kazuki

Wings of Fire: Moon Rising: A Graphic Novel (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #6) by Tui T. Sutherland

Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 18 by Gege Akutami

Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery: A Graphic Novel (The Baby-sitters Club #13) (Adapted edition) by Ann M. Martin

Solo Leveling, Vol. 6 (novel) by Chugong

The Apothecary Diaries 07 (Manga) by Natsu Hyuuga

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: The Animated Story by Charlie Mackesy

Disney Manga: Marcy's Journal - A Guide to Amphibia by Matthew Braly

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