Literairyland: Jan. 2-8, 2024

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

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Happy New Year!

With the holidays behind us, publishers are wiping the egg nog off their faces and getting back to releasing books. 

I'm seeing a lot of buzz about two new releases this week: Vanessa Chan's The Storm We Made (Amazon | Bookshop) and Mercury by Amy Jo Burns (Amazon | Bookshop).

Speaking of buzz, from now on, I'm putting a bee emoji 🐝 next to books that I'm noticing on reading lists or that generate a lot of social media chatter. That way, you can quickly know which new titles people and critics are talking about.

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OK, that's all for this week. I've got a plane to catch as I head to California for what I hope are a few snowy days in the mountains.

Happy reading,
Nick Barron

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Table of Contents

Last Week’s Most Clicked Book 🔥

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

This Week’s New Books

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  • Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret by Teresa Trent (Amazon)

  • The Twilight Queen by Jeri Westerson (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Pierogi Peril by Geri Krotow (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • A Crust to Die For by Toni Lotempio (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Nubian’s Curse by Barbara Hambly (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Dog Across the Lake by Krista Davis (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Fragile Designs by Colleen Coble (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Broadcast Blues: Volume 6 by R.G. Belsky (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • A Dance with Murder by Elizabeth Coleman (Amazon) (Available Jan. 3)

  • Murder by Candlelight by Faith Martin (Amazon) (Available Jan. 4)

  • A Story to Strangle For by E.V. Hunter (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 6)

  • Holmes, Marple & Poe by James Patterson and Brian Sitts (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 8)


  • This Plague of Souls by Mike McCormack (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Frostbitten by Rebecca Zanetti (Amazon)

  • If I Go Missing by Leslie Wolfe (Amazon)

  • Tom Clancy's The Division: Hunted: An Operation Crossroads Novel by Thomas Parrott (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Son's Secret by Daryl Wood Gerber (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Midnight by Amy McCulloch (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Anna O by Matthew Blake (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Ascent by Adam Plantinga (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Lost Van Gogh by Jonathan Santlofer (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Couple's Revenge by Daniel Hurst (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 4)

  • You Know Her by D.E. White (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 4)

  • A Song for the Dead by D.K. Hood (Amazon) (Available Jan. 8)

  • Forgotten Secret by S.F. Baumgartner (Amazon) (Available Jan. 8)

  • Would You Rather by Shannon Hollinger (Amazon) (Available Jan. 8)

  • The Lower Power by Michele W. Miller (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 8)

Science Fiction

  • Shores of a New Horizon: A Terraforming Mars Novel by M. Darusha Wehm (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Barbarian's Touch by Ruby Dixon (Amazon | Bookshop)



  • Rocky Mountain Promise by Misty M. Beller (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 3)

  • Upside Down by Danielle Steel (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • A Long Time Coming by Meghan Quinn (Bookshop)

  • House of Ash and Shadow by Leia Stone (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Ever After Always by Chloe Liese (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Protecting Her Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Last Call at the Local by Sarah Grunder Ruiz (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Sunrise over Strawberry Hill Farm by Alison Sherlock (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 3)

  • Mayfair Misfit by Jennifer Seasons (Amazon) (Available Jan. 4)

  • Enemies to Lovers by Portia MacIntosh (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 4)

  • Her Dreamy Deceiver by Marie Higgins (Amazon) (Available Jan. 5)


  • Dark Shadows Over Coronation Close by Lizzie Lane (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Poppy Sisters by Deborah Carr (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Spice Maker's Secret by Renita D'Silva (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 3)

  • The Winter Waif by Lynette Rees (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 8)

  • Battle Lord by P.W. Finch (Amazon) (Available Jan. 8)


  • The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan (Amazon | Bookshop) 🐝

  • Mercury by Amy Jo Burns (Amazon | Bookshop) 🐝

  • Wild and Distant Seas by Tara Karr Roberts (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Nonfiction by Julie Myerson (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Book of Fire by Christy Lefteri (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Analyzing the Prescotts by Dawn Reno Langley (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 4) 🏳️‍🌈

  • One Year After You by Shari Low (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 5)


  • Dust to Dust: Rainwalker by Antonis Makridakis (Amazon) (Available Jan. 5)


  • Stratford's Lighthouse by Joshua Stevens (Amazon ) (Available Jan. 5)

Short Stories

  • Dreaming Out Loud: A Collection of "If..." Tales from the Imagination by Kevin Creager (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 4)

Graphic Novels, Comic, and Manga

  • Marriage Toxin, Vol. 1 by Joumyaku, illustrated by Mizuki Yoda (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Tamon's B-Side, Vol. 2 by Yuki Shiwasu (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Ghost Roast by Shawneé Gibbs and Shawnelle Gibbs, illustrated by Emily Cannon (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Cursed Princess Club Volume Three by Lambcat (Amazon | Bookshop)

Young Adult and Coming of Age



  • Faith of the Butterfly by Susannah Dawn (Amazon | Bookshop) 🏳️‍🌈


  • A Hitch in Time: Reflections Ready for Reconsideration by Christopher Hitchens (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Gardening Know How – The Complete Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Create, Cultivate, and Care for Your Perfect Edible Garden by Editors of Gardening Know How (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Leading for Impact: The CEO's Guide to Influencing with Integrity by Jennifer Schielke (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Farmer's Code: How Legacies Are Built by Mike C. Young (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • All In: How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams by Mike Michalowicz (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends from Tennessee State by Aime Alley Card (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • All the Presidents' Gardens: How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America by Marta McDowell (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Borgata: Rise of Empire: A History of the American Mafia by Louis Ferrante (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Divine Might: Goddesses in Greek Myth by Natalie Haynes (Amazon | Bookshop)



  • The Algorithm: How AI Decides Who Gets Hired, Monitored, Promoted, and Fired and Why We Need to Fight Back Now by Hilke Schellmann (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Food Waste, Food Insecurity, and the Globalization of Food Banks by Daniel N. Warshawsky (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • How to Read Like a Parasite: Why the Left Got High on Nietzsche by Daniel Tutt (Amazon | Bookshop)

Mental Health

  • Sacred Psychiatry: Bridging the Personal and Transpersonal to Transform Health and Consciousness by Judy Suzanne Reis Tsafrir (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Break the Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma by Mariel Buqué (Amazon | Bookshop)

Health and Diet

  • How to ADHD: An Insider's Guide to Working with Your Brain (Not Against It) by Jessica McCabe (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Complete Carnivore Diet for Beginners: Your Practical Guide to an All-Meat Lifestyle by Judy Cho and Laura Spath (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Schizophrenia: A Strengths Perspective; Life Lessons Learned From Living With Schizophrenia by Robert Francis (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Psychedelics: The Revolutionary Drugs That Could Change Your Life--A Guide from the Expert by David Nutt (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Younger for Life: Feel Great and Look Your Best with the New Science of Autojuvenation by Anthony Youn (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Rethinking Diabetes: What Science Reveals about Diet, Insulin, and Successful Treatments by Gary Taubes (Amazon | Bookshop)

Marriage and Relationships

  • F the Fairy Tale: Rewrite the Dating Myths and Live Your Own Love Story by Damona Hoffman (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Why Can't I Let You Go?: Break Free from Trauma Bonds, End Toxic Relationships, and Develop Healthy Attachments by Kelly Sheen and Michelle Sheen (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • 12 Questions for Love: A Guide to Intimate Conversations and Deeper Relationships by Topaz Adizes (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Cooperative Co-Parenting for Secure Kids: The Attachment Theory Guide to Raising Kids in Two Homes by Aurisha Smolarski (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Your Money Narrative: Understanding Your Story to Build a Stronger Financial Future by Amy R. Cook (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Money Talks: A Lifestyle Guide for Financial Wellbeing by Ellie Austin-Williams (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Your First Million: Why You Don't Have to Be Born Into a Legacy of Wealth to Leave One Behind by Arlan Hamilton (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Live Richer Now: 100 Simple Ways to Become Instantly Richer by Jacob Sager Weinstein, illustrated by Lauren Radley (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Bold Kindness: A Caring, More Compassionate Way to Lead by Cathy Thorpe (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Manifest in Action: Unlock Your Limitless Potential by Roxie Nafousi (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Rightsize Today to Create Your Best Life Tomorrow: A Motivational Guide for Those Seeking Their Ideal Home Later in Life by Marni Jameson (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Thrive: A Practical Guide to Harness Your Resilience and Realize Your Potential by Richard Sutton (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Let It Go: Free Yourself from Old Beliefs and Find a New Path to Joy by Chelene Knight (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Dialed in: Do Your Best When It Matters Most by Dana Sinclair (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Waiting in Gratitude: Prayers of Joy by Walter Brueggemann (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Timothy and Titus: Stories of Fear and Courage by David Murray (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People (Second Edition) (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Hope for Widows: Reflections on Mourning, Living, and Change by Marilyn Nutter (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Pause by Elizabeth F. Caldwell (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • A Cloud of Women: The Powerful Connection Between Black Women and Women of the Bible by Georgia A. Hill, edited by Diane Proctor Reeder (Amazon | Bookshop)


Bookish Trivia 🤔

Sunday is Zora Neale Hurston's birthday. With whom did the "Their Eyes Were Watching God" writer collaborate on the 1930 play "Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life?"

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This Week’s Literary Birthdays & Events

January 2

  • National Science Fiction Day

  • Simon & Schuster is founded (1924)

  • Lord Byron completes "The Corsair" (1814)

  • André Aciman

  • Isaac Asimov

  • John Hope Franklin

  • Moyshe-Leyb Halpern

  • Leonard Michaels

  • Robert Nathan

  • Leonard B. Scott

  • Jan Slepian

January 3

  • Solomon Northup regains his freedom (1853)

  • Alma Flor Ada

  • Eric Jerome Dickey

  • John Gould Fletcher

  • Erik Larson

  • J.R.R. Tolkien

January 4

  • Harlan Coben

  • A.E. Coppard

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

  • Jacob Grimm

January 5

  • "Waiting for Godot" debuts (1953)

  • Mira Jacob

  • Florence King

  • W.D. Snodgrass

  • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

January 6

  • E.L. Doctorow

  • Kahlil Gabrin

  • Carl Sandburg

  • Elizabeth Strout

January 7

  • Louise Imogen Guiney

  • Zora Neale Hurston

  • Chester Kallman

  • Sofi Oksanen

January 8

  • Don Bendell

  • Francisco González Bocanegra

  • Wilkie Collins

  • Ashapoorna Devi

  • Storm Jameson

  • John G. Neihardt

  • Dennis Wheatley

  • Karen Tei Yamashita

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