Literairyland: Jan. 9-15, 2024

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Last Weekโ€™s Most Clicked Book ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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

This Weekโ€™s New Books

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Science Fiction




  • Seduction at the Chateau by Delphine Roy (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Rock Bottom Romance by Diane Holiday (Amazon)

  • Their Bride by Jess Michaels (Amazon) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

  • The Island Cottage by Jane Lovering (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Butcher & Blackbird: The Ruinous Love Trilogy by Brynne Weaver (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Lucky Bounce by Cait Nary (Amazon) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

  • Red String Theory by Lauren Kung Jessen (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • A Sure Duke by Christi Caldwell (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Meadow Falls by Carolyn Brown (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Hedging Your Bets by Jayne Denker (Amazon)

  • Don't Want You Like a Best Friend by Emma R. Alban (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

  • The Night Island by Jayne Ann Krentz (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Principles of Emotion by Sara Read (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Ladies Rewrite the Rules by Suzanne Allain (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Any Duke in a Storm by Amalie Howard (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Recipe for a Charmed Life by Rachel Linden (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Play Me Once by Carina Taylor (Amazon) (Available Jan. 10)

  • A Breath of Fresh Air by Jessica Redland (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 10)

  • An Enchanted Moment on Ever After Street by Jaimie Admans (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 11)

Short Stories

  • Old Crimes: And Other Stories by Jill McCorkle (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿ

  • Voyager 2, This Is Voyager 1, Over by Maxwell Suzuki (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

  • The Un-Inquired by Renee Chen (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 12)



Comic, Graphic, and Manga

  • Lunar New Year Love Story by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Leuyen Pham (Amazon | Bookshop)

Young Adult and Coming of Age



  • Gold from Iron: A Humble Beginning, Olympic Dreams, and the Power in Getting Back Up by Nick Baumgartner, with Jeff Seidel (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Farm Family: A Solo Mom's Memoir of Finding Home, Happiness, and Alpacas by Jane Lee Rankin (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Rental Person Who Does Nothing: A Memoir by Shoji Morimoto (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Everyone But Myself by Julie Chavez (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿ

  • On Thriving: Harnessing Joy Through Life's Great Labors by Brandi Sellers-Jackson (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Soundtrack of Silence: Love, Loss, and a Playlist for Life by Matt Hay (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Karma: My Autobiography by Boy George (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

  • The Resurrection Appearances: Fragments of a Daybook by Jay Aquinas Thompson (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ


  • Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice by Ben Rothenberg (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Good Eats: 32 Writers on Eating Ethically, edited by Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldthwaite (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Unshrinking: How to Face Fatphobia by Kate Manne (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • The Little Book of Small Dick Energy by Donald Tate (Amazon | Bookshop)

Pop Culture

Asian American Studies

  • Where I Belong: Healing Trauma and Embracing Asian American Identity by Son Jin Lee and Linda Yoon (Amazon | Bookshop)

Womenโ€™s Studies

  • The Furies: Women, Vengeance and Justice by Elizabeth Flock (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿ

LGBT+ Studies

  • The Color of Desire: The Queer Politics of Race in the Federal Republic of Germany After 1970 by Christopher Ewing (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 15) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

  • You Are My Happy Ending: Schitt's Creek and the Legacy of Queer Television by Emily Garside (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 15) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

  • Transgender Inclusion: All the Things You Want to Ask Your Transgender Coworker But Shouldn't by A.C. Fowlkes (Amazon | Bookshop) (Available Jan. 11) ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ


  • Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet by Hannah Ritchie (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿ


  • Filibustered!: How to Fix the Broken Senate and Save America by Jeff Merkley and Mike Zamore (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Down Ballot: How a Local Campaign Became a National Referendum on Abortion by Patrick Wohl (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Mean Girl Feminism: How White Feminists Gaslight, Gatekeep, and Girlboss by Kim Hong Nguyen (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Swamp Monsters: Trump vs. Desantis--The Greatest Show on Earth (or at Least in Florida) by Matt Dixon (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿ

  • The Rebels: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Struggle for a New American Politics by Joshua Green (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Slow Down: The Degrowth Manifesto by Kลhei Saitล (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • The Law of Presidential Impeachment: A Guide for the Engaged Citizen by Michael J. Gerhardt (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • More Sales Please: Promote Your Small Business Online, Make Consistent Sales, Grow Without the Grind by Sara Nasser Dalrymple (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Inspiring Work Anniversaries: How to Improve Employee Experience and Strengthen Workplace Culture through the Untapped Power of Work Anniversaries by Rick Joi (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • The Goodwill Jar: Reflections on Leadership and Legacy by Nick O. Rowe (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • From Tension to Transformation: A Leader's Guide to Generative Change by Janet M. Harvey (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking: Leading Your Organization Into the Future by Michael D. Watkins (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Optimal: How to Sustain Personal and Organizational Excellence Every Day by Cary Cherniss and Daniel Goleman (Amazon | Bookshop)



  • American Dream Come True: Why Affordable Housing Is Good Policy, Good Business, and Good for America by Tony Bertoldi (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Caught in the Crosshairs of American Healthcare by Lloyd I. Sederer (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Making It in America: The Almost Impossible Quest to Manufacture in the U.S.A. (And How It Got That Way) by Rachel Slade (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • The Wisdom of Plagues: Lessons from 25 Years of Covering Pandemics by Donald G. McNeil Jr. (Amazon | Bookshop)ย 


  • Robots and the People Who Love Them: Holding on to Our Humanity in an Age of Social Robots by Eve Herold (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Nurture: How to Raise Kids Who Love Food, Their Bodies, and Themselves by Heidi Schauster (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Screentime Solution: A Judgment-Free Guide to Becoming a Tech-Intentional Family by Emily Cherkin (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala by Rachel Nolan (Amazon | Bookshop)

Marriage and Weddings

  • What Do I Do?: Every Wedding Etiquette Question Answered by Mariah Grumet (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Beyond Vietnam by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Garretts of Columbia: A Black South Carolina Family from Slavery to the Dawn of Integration by David Nicholson (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Evolution of Religions: A History of Related Traditions by Lance Grande (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The World That Wasn't: Henry Wallace and the Fate of the American Century by Benn Steil (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Why Surrealism Matters by Mark Polizzotti (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿ

  • American Patriots: A Short History of Dissent by Ralph Young (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • The Battle Beyond: Fighting and Winning the Coming War in Space by Jerry Drew and Paul Szymanski (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Our Enemies Will Vanish: The Russian Invasion and Ukraine's War of Independence by Yaroslav Trofimov (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Inside Knowledge: Incarcerated People on the Failures of the American Prison by Doran Larson (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Of Greed and Glory: In Pursuit of Freedom for All by Deborah G. Plant (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿ

Writing and Creativity

  • 1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round by Jami Attenberg (Amazon | Bookshop) ๐Ÿ

  • Living the Artist's Way: An Intuitive Path to Greater Creativity by Julia Cameron (Amazon | Bookshop)

Health and Diet

  • Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging: An Easy and Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Your Body Young, Your Mind Sharp and Your Spirit Fulfilled by Christina Chen and Nathan K. Lebrasseur (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Vagus Nerve Reset: Train Your Body to Heal Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety by Anna Ferguson (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Run Like Hell: A Therapist's Guide to Recognizing, Escaping, and Healing from Trauma Bonds by Nadine Macaluso (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Heal Your Nervous System: The 5-Stage Plan to Reverse Nervous System Dysregulation by Linnea Passaler (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • This Book May Save Your Life: Everyday Health Hacks to Worry Less and Live Better by Karan Rajan (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Gut Check: Unleash the Power of Your Microbiome to Reverse Disease and Transform Your Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health by Steven R. Gundry, MD (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Tiny Traumas: When You Don't Know What's Wrong, But Nothing Feels Quite Right by Dr. Meg Arroll (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Un-Addiction: 6 Mind-Changing Conversations That Could Save a Life by Lynya Floyd and Nzinga Harrison (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Money & Morons: How to Build Wealth and Protect Yourself from the Great Conflux by Paul Daneshrad (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Tightwads and Spendthrifts: Navigating the Money Minefield in Real Relationships by Scott Rick (Amazon)


  • The Type A Trap: Five Mindset Shifts to Beat Burnout and Transform Your Life by Erin Stafford (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Gratitude Effect Positivity Journal: 90 Days to Rewire Your Brain by Randy E. Kamen (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Your Pocket Therapist: Break Free from Old Patterns and Transform Your Life by Annie Zimmerman (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Busy Brain Cure: The Eight-Week Plan to Find Focus, Tame Anxiety, and Sleep Again by Rosie Mushtaq, MD (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Turning Inward: The Practice of Introversion for a Calm, Joyful, Authentic Life by Eve Adamson and Ross Rayburn (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Get the F*ck Out Your Own Way: A Guide to Letting Go of the Sh*t That's Holding You Back by MJ Harris (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Why We Hurt: Understanding How To Be Comfortable In Your Own Body by Brent Stevenson (Amazon) (Available Jan. 10)


  • Hard and Holy Work by Mary Alice Birdwhistell (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Code of Conduct: Tales of the Roller Coaster of Life by Scott Freidheim (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Affirmations for Manifestation: 365 Daily Affirmations to Attract the Life You Want by Candice Nikeia (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Preteen Devotional for Boys: 52 Weeks of Scripture and Guidance by Shane Hansen (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • 60 Seconds for Jesus: One Minute a Day Can Change Your Life by Jim Sichko (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Unburdened: A Lenten Journey Toward Forgiveness by Carol Penner (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • New Marriage, Same Couple: Don't Let Your Worst Days Be Your Last Days by Katie Walters and Josh Walters (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • New Marriage, Same Couple Workbook: Don't Let Your Worst Days Be Your Last Days by Katie Walters and Josh Walters (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World by Sharon Brous (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Faithful Work: In the Daily Grind with God and for Others by Ross Chapman, Ryan Tafilowski (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Abortion Survivors Break Their Silence by Melissa Ohden with Cindy Lambert (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Living Undivided: Loving Courageously for Racial Healing and Justice by Chuck Mingo (Amazon | Bookshop)


Bookish Trivia ๐Ÿค”

Japanese-born writer Haruki Murakami, whose birthday is Friday, became internationally famous for what 1987 novel?

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This Weekโ€™s Literary Birthdays & Events

January 9

  • Lascelles Abercrombie

  • Simone de Beauvoir

  • Walter R. Brooks

  • Judy Malloy

  • William Meredith

  • Lizette Woodworth Reese

  • Anne Rivers Siddons

  • Wilbur Smith

January 10

  • Thomas Paine publishes "Common Sense" pamphlet (1776)

  • Kelli Russell Agodon

  • Stephen Ambrose

  • Jared Carter

  • Robinson Jeffers

  • Philip Levine

  • Sir Charles G. D. Roberts

January 11

  • J.K. Rowling finishes final Harry Potter book (2007)

  • Oswald de Andrade

  • Diana Gabaldon

  • Alan Paton

  • Bayard Taylor

January 12

  • Nihal Atsiz

  • Jennifer Johnston

  • Jack London

  • Walter Mosley

  • Haruki Murakami

  • Charles Perrault

January 13

  • ร‰mile Zola's letter, "J'accuse," published (1898)

  • Michael Bond

  • Lorrie Moore

  • Clark Ashton Smith

January 14

  • Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar publishes in the UK (1963)

  • Isaac da Costa

  • Emily Hahn

  • Anchee Min

  • John Dos Passos

  • Anatoly Rybakov

January 15

  • Ivor Cutler

  • Ernest J. Gaines

  • W. R. Mitchell

  • Jenny Nimmo

  • Robert Silverberg

  • Xu Zhimo

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