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94 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out May 14 – 27, 2024

By Kobo • May 14, 2024New eBooks and Audiobooks

Remember back in mid-2020 when every email from a colleague you hadn’t seen in person in several weeks began with, “I hope this finds you well”? The sentiment was nice, but after a while it started to feel… weird. Does Deb from accounting truly hope this email to approve an overdue invoice from an irate vendor finds me well? No more than any of us pledge ourselves, “Yours, truly” or even sincerely mean “Sincerely.” In Natalie Sue’s debut novel I Hope This Finds You Well, and office worker named Jolene cannot send an email to her overly-familiar colleagues without including what she really feels, even if it requires her to type it in white text so it goes unread. Jolene gets caught. Sensitivity training—and hilarity (and an IT screw-up giving her access to everyone’s emails)—ensues.

While working for Facebook as a lead counsel, Bärí A. Williams was steeped in the culture of Big Tech at its height of world-changing influence; as a Black woman, she brought an all too rare perspective to that culture, which she shares in her new memoir/manifesto Seen Yet Unseen: A Black Woman Crashes the Tech Fraternity. It’s a perspective familiar to Denise Young, former head of HR at Apple and author of When We Are Seen: How to Come Into Your Power—and Empower Others Along the Way.

David Allen is a name known well to the last generation of Silicon Valley mavericks: he’s the author of the 2001 book on productivity, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. While few have ever fully implemented (and stuck to) Allen’s “43 folders” methodology, his ethos towards time and task management shaped the thinking of managers around the world, and spawned the phrase, “inbox zero” to refer to an inbox with every message sorted and flagged for follow-up at an appropriate time. Much of what made GTD popular was how it gave adherents a sense of control over the things other people tossed their way, and now all those other people are invited into the GTD way with Allen’s new book, Team: Getting Things Done with Others.

People not working together as a team is the fuel that drives the novels of Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan. Lies and Weddings is the story of a suddenly penniless would-be Duke (with a side gig as a supermodel) who decides to use the occasion of his sister’s tropical island wedding to seduce a wealthy woman before the island’s volcano erupts, marking a turn for Kwan as the novel’s heat includes sources other than friction (of several kinds) between characters.

Though she’s made her reputation as a writer of romance novels, Nora Roberts has always been a genre-fluid writer, launching her futuristic …in Death crime fiction series under the pen name “J. D. Robb” in the 90s, and later the D. C. Detectives series under her own name, not to mention several trilogies over the past decade or so that we might now recognize as precursors to the reigning hybrid genre known as “romantasy.” In Roberts’ new book Mind Games a young woman who shares a clairvoyant gift with her grandmother grows up psychically linked to her parents’ killer—like something Stephen King might have written.

For his part, Stephen King’s new book You Like It Darker collects a dozen of his short stories, including many never previously published.

More books coming out now

🧰 Help and How-to

Joyful Recollections of Trauma by Paul Scheer

Good Energy: The Surprising Connection Between Metabolism and Limitless Health by Casey Means MD

Feel It All: A Therapist's Guide to Reimagining Your Relationship with Sex by Casey Tanner

New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That's Got It Wrong by Stephanie Harrison

The Self-Sufficiency Garden: Feed Your Family and Save Money by Huw Richards and Sam Cooper

Stop People Pleasing by Hailey Magee

The Third Perspective: Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance by Africa Brooke

The Official Stardew Valley Cookbook by ConcernedApe and Ryan Novak

Take Back Your Brain: How a Sexist Society Gets in Your Head—and How to Get It Out by Kara Loewentheil

Team: Getting Things Done with Others by David Allen and Edward Lamont

The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (Fourth Edition) (The New Father) by Armin A. Brott

Confidence: Holding Your Seat through Life’s Eight Worldly Winds by Ethan Nichtern

💡 Big Ideas

In My Time of Dying: How I Came Face to Face with the Idea of an Afterlife by Sebastian Junger

Restless in Sleep Country: Imagination and the Cultural Politics of Sleep by Paul Huebener

Quanta and Fields: The Biggest Ideas in the Universe by Sean Carroll

How to Win a Grand Prix: From Pit Lane to Podium - the Inside Track by Bernie Collins

Superfoods, Silkworms, and Spandex: Science and Pseudoscience in Everyday Life by Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Bethlehem: A Celebration of Palestinian Food by Fadi Kattan

The Resilience Myth: New Thinking on Grit, Strength, and Growth After Trauma by Soraya Chemaly

Second Chances: Shakespeare and Freud by Stephen Greenblatt and Adam Phillips

Magical/Realism: Essays on Music, Memory, Fantasy, and Borders by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Brown Faces, White Spaces: Confronting Systemic Racism to Bring Healing and Restoration by Latasha Morrison

Get Honest or Die Lying: Why Small Talk Sucks by Charlamagne Tha God

🗣 True Stories

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You by Bill Maher

The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis by George Stephanopoulos

Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk by Kathleen Hanna

I Can Fix This: And Other Lies I Told Myself While Parenting My Struggling Child by Kristina Kuzmic

Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space by Adam Higginbotham

What a Fool Believes: A Memoir by Michael McDonald with Paul Reiser

Another Word for Love: A Memoir by Carvell Wallace

Seen Yet Unseen: A Black Woman Crashes the Tech Fraternity by Bärí A. Williams

Undue Burden: Life and Death Decisions in Post-Roe America by Shefali Luthra

When We Are Seen: How to Come Into Your Power—and Empower Others Along the Way by Denise Young

💘 Romance

State of Suspense by Marie Force

The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren

The Dixon Rule by Elle Kennedy

Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan

Acquisition by Nana Malone

A Crane Among Wolves by June Hur

The 7-10 Split by Karmen Lee

Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places by Claire Kann

A Gamble at Sunset by Vanessa Riley

Waiting for Friday Night by Synithia Williams

Unladylike Rules of Attraction by Amita Murray

🗡️ Action, Crime, and Mystery

Her Dying Secret by Lisa Regan

Eyes Tight Shut by D.K. Hood

Lightning Strikes the Silence by Iona Whishaw

Tom Clancy Act of Defiance by Brian Andrews

One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware

Liar's Point by Laura Griffin

A Gentleman in Search of a Wife by Grace Burrowes

Think Twice by Harlan Coben

The Cuckoo by Camilla Läckberg

Her Last Goodbye by Carla Kovach

🖊️ Literary & Contemporary Fiction

You Like It Darker: Stories by Stephen King

All Fours by Miranda July

Every Time We Say Goodbye by Natalie Jenner

I Hope This Finds You Well by Natalie Sue

Wives Like Us by Plum Sykes

This Strange Eventful History: A Novel by Claire Messud

Exhibit by R. O. Kwon

Butcher by Joyce Carol Oates

Wild Failure: Short Stories by Zoe Whittall

Long After We Are Gone by Terah Shelton Harris

Oye by Melissa Mogollon

Blue Ruin by Hari Kunzru

Coexistence by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Land of No Regrets by Sadi Muktadir

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

Mind Games by Nora Roberts

Beyond the Light Horizon by Ken MacLeod

How to Become the Dark Lord and Die Trying by Django Wexler

When Among Crows by Veronica Roth

I'm Afraid You've Got Dragons by Peter S. Beagle

Pliable Truths by Dayton Ward

My Darling Dreadful Thing by Johanna van Veen

Road to Ruin by Hana Lee

In Our Stars by Jack Campbell

Lost Ark Dreaming by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Blood of Gorgon by Selene Tang

The Path by Jerri Hines

Escape Velocity by Victor Manibo

Fever by Jordan L. Hawk

🗯 Manga & Graphic Novels

Therapy Game Restart, Vol. 4 (Yaoi Manga) by Meguru Hinohara

Failure Frame: I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells (Light Novel) Vol. 10 by Kaoru Shinozaki

Mr. Villain's Day Off 04 by Yuu Morikawa

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Vol. 21 (light novel) by Hiro Ainana

The Irregular at Magic High School, Vol. 22 (light novel) by Tsutomu Sato

Fly Me to the Moon, Vol. 23 by Kenjiro Hata

Dragon Ball Super, Vol. 21 by Akira Toriyama

[Oshi No Ko], Vol. 6 by Aka Akasaka

I'm a Behemoth, an S-Ranked Monster, but Mistaken for a Cat, I Live as an Elf Girl's Pet, Vol. 9 (manga) by Nozomi Ginyoku

Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside, Vol. 11 (light novel) by Zappon

The Worst Ronin by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

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