Hello friends! What is new this week. Well, let's see . . . [Shuffles the weekly list. No, that's been pushed . . . and that . . . and that! . . . And this isn't in the warehouse yet . . .] 

Hey about them {$SPORTBALL_TEAM}

Seriously. It's a bit Thunderdome out there in Warehouseland. 

Anyway, for those who have been patiently waiting, Jade Legacy, the final book in Fonda Lee's fantastic urban fantasy series, is out this week. Warring clans! Supernatural magics! Bloody rivalries! Terrible sacrifices! Bonds of blood! It all comes to a stunning conclusion. 

And speaking of being patient, how about Leviathan Falls, the final book in James S. A. Corey's Expanse series. For those who have been following the story of the crew of the Rocinante, here is the culmination of eight books' worth of superb world-building, intense plotting, and all sorts of found family drama. Interstellar intrigue! Explody bits! Terrifying alien technology! Dead systems that aren't as dead as they appear! That damn proto-molecule! 

Meanwhile, it's not over over with the Bridgertons. Julia Quinn is back for one more go-around with the Bridgerton matriarch and her girls. Happily Ever After explores what happens after the ending. Oooh, second epilogues. Kind of like second breakfasts, but you know, with better table manners. 

And speaking of meaningful relationships, Brené Brown is back this week with Atlas of the Heart, which is all about making those earnest connections between people. If you want to be heard, you have to learn how to listen. If you want to be brave, you have to be open. If you want to share your heart, you have to know how to use the rib spreader and—no, wait. Maybe not that last one. 

Anyway, Brown has a long history with writing books that cut through the noise and BS of the modern confusion, and Atlas of the Heart is another fabulous effort on her part to bring us all together. Awesome!

And speaking of bringing folks together, here's Jodi Picoult with Wish You Were Here. It's a COVID novel—let's just note that up front—but don't hold that against it. We know that reading is escapism, and a novel about navigating personal relationships during a pandemic is totally escapism, but hey, think of it as a metaphor. Or something. The point is that isolation leads to self-discovery, and self-discovery leads to fragility and openness, which leads to unexpected connections and happiness. Boom. Just like that. 

And speaking of—hang on, what the heck is going on with this dude's shirt? Never mind the yellow eyes and the goofy taglines ["Thirty days to wed a virgin. Thirty days to sacrifice her. Thirty nights to resist temptation . . ."]. Is he wearing shoulder pads and nothing else? Is that a t-shirt that is supposed to look like a man's hirsute chest? We're so confused by the cover of Gena Showalter's The Warlord

Christine Feehan's Dark Destiny eschews naked torsos for a sultry monastic steam bath approach. Look at that bed hair! That smoldering gaze! That gothic window! My, my. Can it get any more sexy vampire than this? 

Meanwhile, Ruby Dixon's Ice Planet Barbarians gets a "You can totally take me to meet your parents" cover treatment. Everyone is fully clothed. No one is making eyes at the audience. You barely notice the dude's blue tail. Goodness, do you think they might get to hold hands by the end of the book? 

[Editor's note: That last sentence is pure snark. Don't be fooled.]

Which leads us to Amanda Flower's Marriage Can Be Mischief. It's a cozy, really. Can't you tell from that cover? Those goats are vicious. 

Meanwhile, bookstore favorite Lee Edward Fodi is back this week with Spell Sweeper, the first book in a new series about a young wizard and her clever crew. Cara Moone is a bit of a disaster, and she's been asked to leave the magic school. They won't let her do magic, but they aren't averse to letting her clean up magic disasters, and when a powerful wizard rolls a '1' and rips a hole in the fabric of reality, well, it's exactly the sort of mess that Cara has been waiting for . . . 

Oh, and here's a book whose thumbnail looks a lot like another book out this week and which won't cause any confusion whatsoever in our minds, will it? Right. This is Esther Joy Archer's and Holly Adams Easley's The History of Tarot. Mmm. Tasty. All sorts of esoteric insider tidbits about your favorite tarot decks. With pictures, diagrams, and a fold-out timeline! But not with any helpful tidbits about forging meaningful connections of the heart. Unless you're talking about some clever sleight of hand with a Sola-Busca deck. In which case, you've got us all swoony. 

And finally, here is Small Things Like These, a new novella from Claire Keegan. It's been awhile for Keegan, and Small Things Like These is one of those surprise presents you find under the Christmas tree. It's a simple story about a man and the choices he must make, which are, of course, informed and influenced by the past. It's getting all sorts of single word praise, which boils down to "Read it already!" So, you know. Christmas it up, friends.

Overheard At The Store »»

HODGE: Whew. 

PODGE: Whew. 

HODGE: I say, Podge. That was a lot of books that went home with happy readers. 

PODGE: Indeed, Hodge. And so many narrow escapes. 

HODGE: Yes! I was nearly put in a bag several times. 

PODGE: Those paper sacks are so very tempting, aren't they? 

HODGE: They are! So crinkly. So noisy. 

PDOGE: They are otter traps. 

HODGE: Though, they are better than the plastic wrap, which just . . . 

PODGE: I know! I know! 

HODGE: Well, enough of that. I think we've done our part. 

PODGE: Absolutely. It's time for us to—

NADIA: Hey, where are you two going? 

HODGE: What? Oh. We were just . . . 

NADIA: I don't think so. Do you see those empty shelves? 

PODGE: Yes! They are empty, aren't they? We did that!

HODGE: Well, we helped. 

PODGE: Yes, yes. We helped. 

NADIA: Well, now you can help restock them. 

HODGE: Pardon me? 

PODGE: What? 

[SFX: Door bell tinkling] 

DELIVERY PERSON: Hello? I have twenty dozen boxes. Where you want them? 

NADIA: Right next to the otters will be fine. 



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