Literairyland: Dec. 26, 2023-Jan. 1, 2024

This week's new books, writer birthdays, and more

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Hi Reader,

Well, we made it to the most magical time of the year. That’s right, it’s Boxing Day!

But also, Kwanzaa starts today. And it’s Tuesday, so we have new books! This email lists 93 new books, to be exact.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the holiday season.

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Table of Contents

Last Week’s Most Clicked Book 🔥

The Waltz of Reason: The Entanglement of Mathematics and Philosophy by Karl Sigmund (Amazon | Bookshop)

This Week’s New Books

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Science Fiction

  • Seven's Plumbing by Marco Bracci (Amazon) (Available Dec. 29)

  • Seeker From Eden 3 by Ron Lewis (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 1)


  • The Last Floridian by Pete Clements (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Dec. 28)


  • The Earl's Brazen Bargain by Maggi Andersen (Amazon)

  • The Truth of Loving You by Heather Leighson (Amazon)

  • A Temporary Texas Arrangement by Cathy Gillen Thacker (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Watchers of the Night by Charlene Parris (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • An Amish Mother for His Child: An Uplifting Inspirational Romance by Patricia Johns (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Fling with the Reclusive Billionaire by Susan Meier (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Claimed by the Crown Prince by Abby Green (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Surgeon Prince's Fake Fiancée by Karin Baine (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Liaison with the Champagne Count by Bronwyn Scott (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Hill Country Home by Kit Hawthorne (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Miami Marriage Pact & Overnight Inheritance by Nadine Gonzalez and Rachel Bailey (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Governess and the Duke by Lydia Drake (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Love Grudge by Chantal Fernando (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Keeping 13 by Chloe Walsh (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Second Duke's the Charm by Kate Bateman (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Amish Love Letters by Shelley Shepard Gray, Charlotte Hubbard, and Rosalind Lauer (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • An Inconvenient Earl by Julia London (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Fearless One by Lori Foster (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • River Strong by B.J. Daniels (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • You're the Duke That I Want by Lenora Bell (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Home from the Storm by Laurel Blount (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Happily Ever Alaska by Patience Griffin (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Lyon's Roar by Tabetha Waite (Amazon) (Available Dec. 27)

  • The Promised Heart by Paula Quinn (Amazon) (Available Dec. 28)

  • Buried Under Ice by Cynthia Eden (Amazon) (Available Dec. 28)

  • Plug and Claim by Darcy Fayton (Amazon) (Available Dec. 31)

Historical & Westerns

Graphic Novels & Manga

  • Monomyth Vol. 1 by David Hazan, illustrated by Cecilia Lo Valvo (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Cat-Eyed Boy: The Perfect Edition, Vol. 2 by Kazuo Umezz (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Dyatlov Pass Mystery by Cédric Mayen, illustrated by Jandro González (Amazon) (Available Dec. 27)

  • The Dragon Knight by Emanuele Arioli, illustrated by Emiliano Tanzillo (Amazon) (Available Dec. 27)

  • The Many Lives of Charlie by Kid Toussaint, illustrated by Guarino Aurélie (Amazon) (Available Dec. 27)

  • Indiana by Bouilhac Claire and Catel (Amazon) (Available Dec. 27)


Young Adult

  • Spy x Family: Family Portrait by Aya Yajima, created by Tatsuya Endo (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Ghost Doors by Frank Lambert (Amazon) (Available Jan. 1)

  • The Boy Who Changed His World by Robert Whanslaw (Amazon) (Available Jan. 1)


  • The Library on Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow (Amazon) (Available Dec. 31)



  • How to Accidentally Settle Down: (With Your High School Boyfriend) by Katherine Ryan (Amazon)

  • Women in Japanese Studies: Memoirs from a Trailblazing Generation by Alisa Freedman (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Mistress of Life and Death: The Dark Journey of Maria Mandl, Head Overseer of the Women's Camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau by Susan J. Eischeid (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • The Met Frida Kahlo: She Painted Her World in Self-Portraits by Amy Guglielmo (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Acetylene Torch Songs: Writing True Stories to Ignite the Soul by Sue William Silverman (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 1)


  • Dark Star: A New History of the Space Shuttle by Matthew H. Hersch (Amazon | Bookshop)

Government & Politics

  • Reform and Nation-Building: Essays on Socio-Political Transformation in Malaysia by Sharifah Munirah Alatas (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Plants in Place: A Phenomenology of the Vegetal by Edward S. Casey and Michael Harder (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Search Marketing: A Strategic Approach to SEO and SEM by Kelly Cutler (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Organic Social Media: How to Build Flourishing Online Communities by Jenny Li Fowler (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Sustainable Marketing: The Industry's Role in a Sustainable Future by Alexis Eyre and Paul Randle (Amazon | Bookshop)

Marriage & Relationships

  • 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do: Fix What's Broken, Develop Healthier Patterns, and Grow Stronger Together by Amy Morin (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The D Word: Making the Ultimate Decision about Your Marriage by Kate Anthony (Amazon | Bookshop)

Health & Diet

  • Calm Your Mind with Food: A Revolutionary Guide to Controlling Your Anxiety by Uma Naidoo (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • ADHD for Smart Ass Women: How to Fall in Love with Your Neurodivergent Brain by Tracy Otsuka (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Official Mind Diet: A Scientifically Based Program to Lose Weight and Prevent Alzheimer's Disease by Dr. Martha Clare Morris, with Laura Morris and Jennifer Ventrelle (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • 50 Ways to More Calm, Less Stress: Scientifically Proven Ways to Relieve Anxiety and Boost Your Mental Health Using Your Five Senses by Megy Karydes (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • How to Eat to Change How You Drink: Heal Your Gut, Mend Your Mind, and Improve Nutrition to Change Your Relationship with Alcohol by Brooke Scheller (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • 28-Day Fast Start Day-By-Day: The Ultimate Guide to Starting (or Restarting) Your Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle So It Sticks by Gin Stephens (Amazon | Bookshop)

Personal Finance

  • Rich AF: The Winning Money Mindset That Will Change Your Life by Vivian Tu (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Njuta: Enjoy, Delight In: The Swedish Art of Savoring the Moment by Niki Brantmark (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Anxiety Relief Activity Book: 50 Ways to Draw, Paint, Color, Doodle, and Write Your Way to Calm by Leah Guzman (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Feel-Good Productivity: How to Do More of What Matters to You by Ali Abdaal (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Self-Care for Latinas: 100+ Ways to Prioritize & Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body, & Spirit by Raquel Reichard (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • House Love: A Joyful Guide to Cleaning, Organizing, and Loving the Home You're in by Karin Miller and Patric Richardson (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Read and Pray Through the Bible in a Year for Teen Guys: 3-Minute Devotions & Prayers for Morning & Evening, compiled by Barbour Staff (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 1)

  • The Daily 5-Minute Bible Study for Men: 365 Focused, Inspiring Readings by Ed Cyzewski, Quentin Guy, Jess MacCallum, and David Sanford (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 1)


  • Voyage: A Poetry Chapbook by Tolu' A. Akinyemi (Amazon) (Available Jan. 1)

  • Pittsburghese by Robert Gibb (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 1)

Bookish Trivia 🤔

Humor writer David Sedaris, whose birthday is today, got his start by appearing on what public radio show?

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This Week’s Literary Birthdays & Events

December 26

  • René Bazin

  • Alejo Carpentier

  • Catherine Coulter

  • Jean Echenoz

  • Thomas Gray

  • Mirko Kovač

  • Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald

  • Liz Lochhead

  • David Sedaris

  • Jean Toomer

December 27

  • Louis Bromfield

  • Alexandra Chang

  • Sebastian Haffner

  • Charles Olson

  • Wilfrid Sheed

  • Sarah Vowell

  • Carl Zuckmayer

December 28

  • Carol Ryrie Brink

  • Shen Congwen

  • Emily Cheney Neville

  • Charles Portis

  • Manuel Puig

December 29

  • William Gaddis

  • Katy Munger

  • Robert Roark

December 30

  • Glenda Adams

  • Douglas Coupland

  • Theodor Fontane

  • Daniil Kharms

  • Rudyard Kipling

  • Jane Langton

  • Elyne Mitchell

  • Timothy Mo

  • Lewis Shiner

  • Patti Smith

December 31 🥳

  • Joe Abercrombie

  • Marie d'Agoult

  • Edward Bunker

  • Junot Díaz

  • Giovanni Pascoli

  • Bob Shaw

  • Susan Shwartz

  • Nicholas Sparks

  • Dal Stivens

  • Sri Lal Sukla

  • Connie Willis

January 1 🎊

  • Mariano Azuela

  • Ally Carter

  • Maria Edgeworth

  • E.M. Forster

  • Hari Kunzru

  • J.D. Salinger

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