Escape the Heat with these NEW BOOKS for July!
Sometimes the best way to take your mind off the weather is to engage in a little escapism. Fulton County Libraries is happy to help take your mind away from the heat with the latest book releases! Below we've highlighted five titles in advance of their release so that subscribers to this newsletter can be among the first to reserve them. A staff recommendation of a title already available on our shelves rounds out the list. If you don't see anything that catches your eye in this email, be assured that even more new releases are on the shelves at your local branch library.

Looking for a summer activity to distract from the heat instead? Check out our events calendar, and go to the library for a pick-up game of Uno, Scrabble, Chess or Mah Jong. Check out one of our many Yoga classes, learn about estate planning, or how to crochet! The library in your community will always be a place to learn and make connections - as well as a place to escape the heat. You can search the events calendar on our website, and find all our events on Facebook.
In this sequel to the best-selling comedic novel My Italian Bulldozer, Scottish cookbook writer Paul Stuart's travels take him to a French village, where the local restaurant's haute cuisine leaves a lot to be desired.

When Paul's cousin Chloe suggests that he join her at the house she's rented in the French countryside, he jumps at the chance. The two quickly befriend the locals, including their twin-sister landladies, who also own the infamous local restaurant known to be the second-worst eatery in all of France. During their stay, the restaurant's sole waitress gives birth mid-dinner service and the maitre d' storms off after fighting with the head chef. Paul is soon drafted to improve the gastronomy of the village, which Chloe, ever on the hunt for her next romance, busies herself with distracting the handsome but incompetent chef. Could he be husband number six?

You may recognize the author's name from their wildly successful series, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Hop on to this new series by reserving a copy of the second installment in hardcover, or install the Libby reader app and use your favorite device to download the ebook. If you've never changed your PIN, use CHANGEME when setting up Libby the first time.
In this follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future.

Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back."

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie.

Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts' artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey's research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie's exclusive and famed "Book Party"— where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

Reserve a copy of The Last Book Party in hardcover, ebook, or download the mp3 audiobook and listen on your long drive.
Brilliant rogue police officer, Harry Hole from The Snowman and The Thirst, is back and in the throes of a new, unanticipated rage—once again hunting the murderer who has haunted his entire career.
Harry Hole is not in a good place.

The only woman Harry has ever loved has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. Now Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison—free, and Harry is certain, unreformed, and ready to take up where he left off.

Join the millions across the globe who love Jo Nesbo's deliciously dark detective Harry Hole series. Reserve Knife in hardcover, mp3 audiobook, or download the ebook and read on your favorite device.
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He's going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn't get the chance - and dedicates the rest of his life to revenge.

Be one of the first to reserve a copy of this new series start in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook.

Lock In, by John Scalzi

Elizabeth Ferguson Keathley
Electronic Services Librarian
Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what's now known as "Haden's syndrome," rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" - someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

You can read this take on the SF detective genre in hardcover, ebook, or listen to the audiobook on CD. The follow-up novel, Head On, is delightful as well. If you find the adventures of Detectives Chris Shane and Leslie Vann remind you of something you once read years ago, or if you're looking for Scalzi's inspiration, check out Isaac Asimov's Caves of Steel.
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