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32 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out January 12 - 18

By Kobo • January 12, 2021New & Hot Reads

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

If the past year has taught us anything, one lesson might be that with enough will and patience and access to the right tools, even when we can’t get to a classroom we still can learn together. Take, for example, the MFA class on the Russian short story that award-winning novelist George Saunders has been teaching to budding writers at Syracuse University for decades. Peeking into Saunders’ mind is always a treat (he did receive the MacArthur “genius” Grant, after all) and in A Swim in a Pond in the Rain he shares his theories about how stories work, what makes readers pay attention, and what stops readers from going on. The book consists of seven lectures on seven Russian stories, including the works of masters such as Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, and though it comes from a class for writers honing their craft, it’s fascinating reading for anyone who delights in getting lost in a good story. (Fans of the multicast audiobook recording of Saunders’ novel Lincoln in the Bardo may want to check out the audiobook for A Swim in a Pond in the Rain too.)

In Detransition, Baby author Torrey Peters dives headlong into relationship issues around gender roles and family planning, but in a transgender context that adds layers of complication. It’s a novel about two trans women, happily coupled, whose relationship falls apart when one of the women elects to detransition; Amy becomes Ames, but finds that life as a man would be easier, and losing his relationship with Reese is one of the hardest thing he’s experienced. There’s a lot to unpack in this book, and it’s likely to be the source of some controversy. In any case, Peters is a skilled writer whose characters' hopes and fears ring true. Readers looking for an emotionally complex story that deals with themes of family and self-acceptance should check it out.

Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give was a huge book that brought the Black Lives Matter movement into the mainstream with the story of teenager Starr Carter, her school, her Garden Heights neighbourhood, and her family. In Concrete Rose Thomas takes us into the backstory of Starr’s father, Maverick Carter, in the days when he was dealing drugs with the King Lords, trying to live up to his father’s legacy. Mav has some big decisions to make -- go straight and fulfill his potential, or double down on his commitment to the gang. Knowing that Mav’s going to be alright hardly diminishes the tension of his having to find a way out from under the obligations of gang life towards a future for himself and his young family.

More books coming out January 12 - 18

💭 Big Ideas

🗣 True Stories

💘 Romance

🗡️ Thrillers, Action, and Crime fiction

🖊️ Literary Fiction

✨ Fantastical tales of Other Worlds and Other Times

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