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90 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out February 13 - 26, 2024

By Kobo • February 13, 2024New eBooks and Audiobooks

The books we’re most looking forward to this week and next

Charles Duhigg’s 2012 breakout bestseller The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We do in Life and Business put his writing in front of an audience few Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists have the opportunity to address: readers of self-help books. But Duhigg has always been after more than merely regurgitating a mélange of studies to arrive at “tips & tricks” or “takeaways.” He’s a journalist at heart, and his interest seems to always lie in finding out how things work so he can explain it to a broad audience. His new book is Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection, and while the subtitle makes the kind of promise that the self-help category thrives on, the book is actually a study of how—at a time of communication on an unprecedented scale—some people seem born with the knowledge of how to make themselves heard while also demonstrating a mastery of hearing what others are saying. He dissects the currents of common conversations to focus on how these verbal virtuosi demonstrate mastery over each of them, and what kind of impacts they have on their interlocutors—not the least of which is making them feel heard.

Another pair of self-help books speak to the consequences of feeling not much of anything. Languishing: How to Feel Alive Again in a World That Wears Us Down by sociologist Corey Keyes addresses that tricky state of mental health, where there’s nothing terribly wrong, but nothing too right either. While highly accessible, Keyes demonstrates an academic’s reluctance for quick fixes, which is for the best: languishing is a state arrived at over years of gentle decline, and the path to improvement is not steep. He makes small suggestions about adjusting mindset and finding small meaningful moments regularly. For readers at the further end of the emotional health scale, The Cure for Burnout: How to Find Balance and Reclaim Your Life by coach and influencer Emily Ballesteros (blurbed by Charles Duhigg, btw) offers a more forceful approach to climbing out of a pit of misery. (And maybe once you’ve gotten to your good place, Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being by Sue Varma MD might be just the thing to lock in your accomplishment.)

Historical novelists Kate Quinn and Janie Chang team up for The Phoenix Crown. It’s the story of a pair of women in San Francisco—a soprano whose career has seen better days and a Chinatown seamstress dreading an impending arranged marriage—whose fortunes become intertwined through the patronage of a railroad magnate who collects Chinese antiquities, including a relic of Beijing’s fallen Summer Palace, the Phoenix Crown.

Rogers v. Rogers is the story of a real-life Succession-style family business: the Rogers telecommunications company that sends most Canadians a bill for some mix of services every month. Beyond the character sketches of the would-be heirs of the late Ted Rogers’ empire of wires (Ed Rogers III is the eldest boy, in case you were wondering), the book is a damning portrayal of how regulation and corporate governance really works. It’s worth mentioning that the Rogers corporation owns no book publishers or booksellers, making the purchase of books (including eBooks and audiobooks) one of a small number of transactions Canadians can perform (if they can find a Wi-Fi network not connected to Rogers’ lines) beyond the grasp of the telco with the big red logo.

Extremely Hardcore by senior reporter Zoë Schiffer of The Verge tells the story—drawing on mountains of documents and interviews with dozens of employees—of the twelve months following Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media company then known as Twitter, now known as X (but still located somehow at twitter.com?) during which he dismissed half the workforce, abolished constraints against harassment and hate speech, instituted an “extremely hardcore” culture, and vaporized more than half of the company’s value. Of all the lessons the polymath billionaire genius has taught the masses over the years, perhaps the danger inherent in making a job out of a hobby will be the most lasting.

The Scots language—and it is a language (West Germanic, if you’re curious)—is undergoing something of a resurgence with numerous supports and educational programs springing up in the past few years to ensure its survival in the shadow of Scotland’s geographic neighbour’s global linguistic dominance. poyums is the debut poetry collection, which switches seamlessly between English and Scots, by Scottish poet Len Pennie, who became famous in 2020 for her “Scots word of the day.”

American poet Phillip B. Williams’ Ours is an ambitious work of fantastical fiction that is also something of a fable, telling the story of a hidden utopia where a conjuror named Saint hides the people she frees from slavery in 1830s Arkansas.

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✍ Poetry

poyums by Len Pennie


🧰 Help and How-to

It's Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People by Ramani Durvasula PhD

Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection by Charles Duhigg

Worthy: How to Believe You Are Enough and Transform Your Life by Jamie Kern Lima

Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters by Charan Ranganath

Languishing: How to Feel Alive Again in a World That Wears Us Down by Corey Keyes

Field Notes for the Wilderness: Practices for an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey

The Cure for Burnout: How to Find Balance and Reclaim Your Life by Emily Ballesteros

The Drama Free Workbook: Practical Exercises for Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Do the New You: 6 Mindsets to Become Who You Were Created to Be by Steven Furtick

The Holy Grail of Investing: The World's Greatest Investors Reveal Their Ultimate Strategies for Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins and Christopher Zook

Untangle Your Emotions: Naming What You Feel and Knowing What to Do About It by Jennie Allen

Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being by Sue Varma M.D.


💡 Big Ideas

Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

The Hammer: Power, Inequality, and the Struggle for the Soul of Labor by Hamilton Nolan

How Ableism Fuels Racism: Dismantling the Hierarchy of Bodies in the Church by Lamar Hardwick

The Land in Our Bones: Plantcestral Herbalism and Healing Cultures from Syria to the Sinai—Earth-based pathways to ancestral stewardship and belonging in diaspora by Layla K. Feghali

Canada as a Settler Colony on the Question of Palestine by Jeremy Wildeman (ed.) and Mark Muhannad Ayyash (ed.)

Death of a Boxer by Pete Carvill

The Great Wave: The Era of Radical Disruption and the Rise of the Outsider by Michiko Kakutani


🗣 True Stories

Rogers v. Rogers: The Battle for Control of Canada's Telecom Empire by Alexandra Posadzki

My Side of the River: A Memoir by Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez

My Mother and I: The Inside Story of the King and our Late Queen by Ingrid Seward

Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class by Rob Henderson

This American Ex-Wife: How I Ended My Marriage and Started My Life by Lyz Lenz

Extremely Hardcore: Inside Elon Musk's Twitter by Zoë Schiffer

Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story by Leslie Jamison

The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press by Calvin Trillin

But You Don't Look Arab: And Other Tales of Unbelonging by Hala Gorani

Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes by Chantha Nguon and Kim Green


💘 Romance

Visions of Flesh and Blood: A Blood and Ash/Flesh and Fire Compendium by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Rayvn Salvador

Falling for Mr. Bad by Melissa Foster

Leopard's Hunt by Christine Feehan

Shifter by Rebecca Zanetti

Fangirl Down by Tessa Bailey

Delta by Dale Mayer

The Summer Book Club by Susan Mallery

The Perfect Passion Company by Alexander McCall Smith

MEEGAN by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Frenemy Fix-Up by Yahrah St. John

Sex, Lies and Sensibility by Nikki Payne

The Catch by Amy Lea


🗡️ Action, Crime, and Mystery

The Chaos Agent by Mark Greaney

The Atlas Maneuver by Steve Berry

Lone Wolf by Gregg Hurwitz

The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong

Deadly Trap by Barbara Freethy

Five Furry Familiars by Lynn Cahoon

The Lantern's Dance by Laurie R. King

Candlelit Calamity by London Lovett

Village in the Dark by Iris Yamashita

A Step Past Darkness by Vera Kurian

The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai

Ill-Fated Fortune by Jennifer Chow


🖊️ Literary & Contemporary Fiction

The Phoenix Crown by Kate Quinn and Janie Chang

Secrets for the Three Sisters (Three Sisters, Book 2) by Annie Groves

Sisterhood by Cathy Kelly

The Book of Love by Kelly Link

Sisters of Fortune: A Novel of the Titanic by Anna Lee Huber

The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo

Acts of Forgiveness by Maura Cheeks

The Book of All Loves by Thomas Bunstead

Your Utopia by Bora Chung

I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both by Mariah Stovall

Welcome to the Hyunam-dong Bookshop by Hwang Bo-reum

Batshit Seven by Sheung-King

Ours by Phillip B. Williams


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

What Feasts at Night by T. Kingfisher

The Captain by Erin Michelle Sky

The Hollow Dead by Darcy Coates

Fallout Strike by Kate Sheeran Swed

The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden

The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

The Bezzle by Cory Doctorow

Galactic Instability by John Wilker

Dragonfly by MJ Mumford

The Bad Ones by Melissa Albert

Twice Lived by Joma West

Mortalis by R. A. Salvatore

Island Witch by Amanda Jayatissa


🗯 Manga & Graphic Novels

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, Vol. 10 by Kanehito Yamada

Therapy Game Restart, Vol. 3 (Yaoi Manga) by Meguru Hinohara

Love Nest 2nd, Vol. 2 (Yaoi Manga) by Yuu Minaduki

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, Vol. 23 by Kagiji Kumanomata

The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 11 by Kousuke Oono

I Cannot Reach You, Vol. 7 by Mika

Villains Are Destined to Die, Vol. 6 by SUOL

My Isekai Life 11 by Shinkoshoto

Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet, Vol. 6 by Mika Yamamori


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