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For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. 
Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time.

By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

Click here to reserve a copy in hardcover or add the ebook to your holds list so you can enjoy Munroe's work on your favorite device.
More women campaigned for local or national office in the 2018 election cycle than at any other time in US history, challenging accepted notions about who seeks power and who gets it. Many were first-time candidates, and in See Jane Win, readers can become informed on what it's like to encounter our political system from the business end for the first time.

Journalist Caitlin Moscatello reported on this wave of female candidates for New York magazine's The Cut, Glamour, and Elle. Closely following four candidates throughout the entire process, from the decision to run through Election Day, See Jane Win takes readers inside their exciting, winning campaigns and the sometimes thrilling, sometimes brutal realities of running for office while female.

Beyond the 2018 victories, Moscatello speaks with researchers, strategists, and the leaders of organizations that helped women win. The results of these interviews provide an interesting look inside our current political landscape - and a manual for how to win elections with a first-time candidate.

Fulton County Libraries is proud to offer Moscatello's journalistic reportage in hardcover, ebook, and mp3 audio download.
Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? How about curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer's Stone? Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.

Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it's how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, "More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level," is chockful of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.

We know this book will be a hit with our grown-up readers - don't wait to reserve your copy today in hardcover or ebook. If you plan to travel with your family this holiday weekend, don't forget our Family Road Trip Audiobook collection.
High school: it's a time when kids are constantly changing, as they draw closer to graduation and young adulthood. But how do you parent your kids through this complicated time? And how do you maintain a strong relationship as they prepare to transition from life at home to life outside of the nest? 

Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington are here to help. After seeing their own kids through this transition, they founded Grown and Flown: an online community for parents of teens that features curated content from experts, shared experiences from parents, and tried and true advice. And now they've compiled key takeaways and fresh insights from all that they've learned over the years to form this handy, essential guide.

Grown and Flown is a crucial resource for parenting teenagers, leading up to—and through—the transition from high school to college. It covers everything from the monumental of parenting (how to let your kids go) to the mundane (how to shop for a dorm room). Organized by topic—such as love and sex, anxiety and mental health, and academics—it features a combination of the author's stories, advice from experts, and practical lists and sidebars. 

In this accessible manual, parents will feel supported and understand in their quest to support and understand their teens. Reserve a copy in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook.
Oprah fans already know about life coach Marie Forleo, and her new book will doubtless make her inspirational messages even more widely known.

None of us were given an owner's manual at birth. If you're having trouble solving a problem or making a dream happen, the problem isn't you. It's not that you're not hardworking, intelligent or deserving, but that you haven't yet installed the one key belief that will change everything.

Whether you want to leave a dead end job, break an addiction, learn to moonwalk, heal a relationship, grow a business, master your money, travel the globe, or solve world hunger, Everything is Figureoutable will train your brain to think more creatively and positively—especially in the face of setbacks.

Reserve this new popular self-help book in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook, or browse our catalog for all the best selling self-help books that may inspire you.

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
In 1935, orphaned servant Hirut struggles to adapt to her new household as Ethiopia faces Mussolini's looming invasion. As the battles begin in earnest, Hirut and other women must care for the wounded. But when Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia is about to lose hope, Hirut helps to disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor to keep the fight alive. She becomes his guard, inspiring women to join the war against fascism.

In this extraordinary, beautifully told epic, Hirut overcomes rape, violence, and imprisonment, finding the strength to fight for her country's freedom and her own. Maaza Mengiste breathes life into complicated characters on both sides of the battle line, shaping a searing story of ordinary women and the advanced army they courageously opposed. Set against the first real conflict of World War II, The Shadow King is a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

This book isn't available for sale or as a library book until next month, 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 "Shadow King" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 8/26/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 8/27/19.

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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