NEW BOOKS and the Return of the Weekly Giveaway!
This week's Newsletter brings a chance for readers to reserve six much awaited titles. We have an international bestseller making its U.S. debut, two works by well-known social activists, a work by a local author who plans to visit, and our weekly giveaway returns with a dark comedy named as one of the books to watch this month by the L.A. Times.

As you wait out the heat of August ( and the delayed start of Atlanta Public Schools this year), why not visit one of our newly renovated libraries? You could attend Tai Chi at the Sandy Springs or Fairburn Branches, a Death Cafe at the Southwest Branch, or one of the many children's activities at the East Point Branch! If you can't make it to any of our events, visit the the Kirkwood or West End Branches to admire our new shelving, modern lighting, and the meeting rooms available to reserve for all your community planning needs. Free wifi and new furniture at all renovated locations make the libraries an attractive place to telecommute or independently work online. Get out of your usual patterns and explore one of our renovated libraries today! As always, the New Books Newsletter can only highlight six titles a week, so there are sure to be new books to be discovered in person.
The New Books Newsletter is always happy to feature national releases by local authors! Check out our Georgia Authors collection on Overdrive or your Libby app. We're so confident this title will be a hit we've already added it to our curated list of reader favorites.

Eve Whalen, privileged child of an old-money Atlanta family, meets Daniella Gold in the fall of 1962, on their first day at Belmont College. As roommates, the two become fast friends. Daniella, raised in Georgetown by a Jewish father and a Methodist mother, has always felt caught between two worlds. But at Belmont, her bond with Eve allows her to finally experience a sense of belonging. That is, until the girls' expanding awareness of the South's systematic injustice forces them to question everything they thought they knew.

Eve veers toward radicalism—a choice pragmatic Daniella cannot fathom. After a tragedy, Eve returns to Daniella for help in beginning anew, hoping to shed her past. But the past isn't so easily buried, as Daniella and Eve discover when their daughters are endangered by secrets meant to stay hidden.

Spanning more than thirty years of American history, from the twilight of Kennedy's Camelot to the beginning of Bill Clinton's presidency, We Are All Good People Here is the story of two flawed but well-meaning women clinging to a life-long friendship that is tested by history and their own good intentions. 

Fulton County Libraries are happy to offer this work in hardcover, ebook, mp3 audiobook and CD audio, and we're also hosting the author at an event!

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes an original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

Weaving an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative, How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society. 

Be among the first to read this topical new work in hardcover, or download the Libby app to read the ebook on your favorite device, or download the mp3 to listen to the audiobook while you exercise, drive, or work around your house.
Her battleground is the courtroom; her crusade is to transform clients from victims into warriors. Nobody's Victim invites readers to join Carrie Goldberg on the front lines of the war against sexual violence and privacy violations as she uncovers major Title IX violations, sues the hell out of tech companies and schools, and seeks justice against powerful sexual predators.

Carrie shares the diabolical ways her clients are attacked and how she pursues justice for them all. There are stories about a woman whose ex-boyfriend made fake bomb threats in her name and caused a national panic; a fifteen-year-old girl who was assaulted on school grounds and then suspended when she reported the attack; and a man whose ex-boyfriend used a dating app to send more than 1,200 men to ex's home and work for sex.

While her clients are a diverse group—from every gender, sexual orientation, age, class, race, religion, occupation, and background—the offenders are not. They are highly predictable. In this book, Carrie offers a taxonomy of the four types of offenders she encounters most often at her firm: assholes, psychos, pervs, and trolls. "If we recognize the patterns of these perpetrators," she explains, "we know how to fight back." 

Nobody's Victim is a much-needed analysis of victim protection in the era of the Internet. This book is an urgent warning of a coming crisis, a predictor of imminent danger, and a weapon to take back control and protect ourselves—both online and off.  Reserve your copy from Fulton County Libraries in hardcover, mp3 audiobook, or download the ebook and read on your favorite device.
Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, returning home to a place she thought she'd left forever. Ten years ago, Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan. But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy, forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knows. In the backseat of Caroline's car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment—five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick. She's now their legal guardian—a role she's not sure she's ready for. 

Caroline returns to her favorite place: the sewing shop owned by Mrs. Lindy Bloom, the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town, there are women living with the deepest of secrets. Thus begins The Oysterville Sewing Circle—where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hidden. 

Click here to reserve The Oysterville Sewing Circle in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook. If you want to try another Susan Wiggs novel before this one is released on August 13th, check out Family Tree, Lakeside Cottage, or The Mistress of Normandy, all of which are favorites of our library readers.
The international bestseller is now available in a U.S. edition!

In 1850s London, the Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and, among the crowd watching the dazzling spectacle, two people meet by happenstance. For Iris, an arrestingly attractive aspiring artist, it is a brief and forgettable moment but for Silas, a curiosity collector enchanted by all things strange and beautiful, the meeting marks a new beginning.

When Iris is asked to model for Pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly, her world begins to expand beyond her wildest dreams—but she has no idea that evil is waiting in the shadows. Silas has only thought of one thing since that chance meeting, and his obsession is darkening by the day.

Reserve your copy of the U.K. novel popular across the globe in hardcover, ebook, CD audio, or mp3 downloadable format.

Black Card by Chris L. Terry
With dark humor, Chris L. Terry's Black Card is an uncompromising examination of American identity. In an effort to be "black enough," a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call "black stuff." After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life.

Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator sings rap songs at an all-white country music karaoke night, absorbs black pop culture, and goes out with his black coworker Mona, who is attacked one night. The narrator becomes the prime suspect and earns the attention of John Donahue, a local police officer with a grudge dating back to high school. Forced to face his past, his relationships with his black father and white mother, and the real consequences and dangers of being black in America, the narrator must choose who he is before the world decides for him.

This book isn't available for sale or as a library book until August 19th, but you can win a print galley (a paperback used to promote the book before official release) of this title by emailing us within 24 hours of the New Books Newsletter email. Just put "Black Card" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 8/05/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 8/06/19.

The winner will be notified via email and must be able to pick the book up at an AFPLS branch within one month. Just in case you aren't chosen, why not click here to reserve a copy with Fulton County Libraries? We'll be pleased to offer this title to all our readers on its release date.
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