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30 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out January 19 - 25

By Kobo • January 19, 2021New & Hot Reads

Welcome back to New & Hot Reads, where we talk about some of the most anticipated books coming out now

What is work? What is a person doing when we say they’re “working”? In Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots anthropologist James Suzman looks at work not just through human history, but all the way back to the earliest life on earth to ask questions like, do we spend more time working than our ancestors did -- and why? He sees patterns in our contemporary understanding of work that map to agricultural societies from millennia ago, and he examines worrying ways in which we’ve come to locate our sense of identity in work -- something that’s completely new to our species. As for the wave of automation that stands to wipe out so much manual labour (not to mention AI developments in carrying out professional knowledge work) Suzman sees potential for renewal in how we spend our time and relate to one another. As so many people have had their worlds turned upside down in the past year, with work often at the centre of these changes, we’ve seldom had such a ripe opportunity to think deeply about what it means to work and whether there’s a better way. (Simon Winchester’s Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World, also new this week, may have something to say on the subject of who has historically tended to work hardest, and why.)

Nnedi Okorafor made a mark on the science fiction world with her Africanfuturistic novella Binti (and its sequels). So it’s a thrill to learn of a new novella, Remote Control. Death adopts a young girl, who becomes a kind of angel of death herself. To say more is to spoil the effect of this poetic book and the spell it casts. Readers looking for another Binti won’t find her here; this is more a folk tale than a “hard” science fiction story. But like everything Okorafor writes, readers of ample imagination should check it out.

In The Divines, debut novelist Ellie Eaton tells the story of Josephine, a young woman whose adolescent antics at an Elite English boarding school, St. John the Divine, revisit her in increasingly intense waves of memory. We’re all haunted to some extent of the people we used to be, but in The Divines, it’s a malevolent haunting, sparked by her recollection of her teenage identity and the scandalous events that led to the school being shut down. It’s an eerie book that pushes us to think about the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and who we used to be.

More books coming out January 19 - 25

💭 Big Ideas

🗣 True Stories

💘 Romance

🗡️ Thrillers, Action, and Crime fiction

🖊️ Literary Fiction

✨ Fantastical tales of Other Worlds and Other Times

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