NEW BOOKS and a Neversink Giveaway
All the new releases (except our giveaway!) highlighted in this week's New Books Newsletter are non-fiction, but true stories are often better than many that could be made up. From a story about a Harlem fashion icon to the story of that one time Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone went on a road trip to Florida, there's something for everyone in the non-fiction selections made for Fulton County Library readers.

If you need more escapism than these exceptional real tales, then take chance to enter our mysterious giveaway this week, or check out any of the over 1,700 fantasy titles available in Overdrive. If you don't see what you like there, remember that even more titles are to be found on the shelves of your local library branch today!
Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin share the previously untold details of the powerful and inspiring story behind the modern NFL's first one-handed player, and his twin brother's unrelenting devotion, sacrifice, and love. It's the story of Shaquem's understanding of God's purpose for his life—to inspire others to stop being afraid and to stop making excuses— and his family's unwavering support in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The Griffins' unlikely underdog story has already captured the imagination of millions of football fans and physically challenged people around the world.

Reserve this uplifting story of success in hardcover, mp3 audiobook, or downloadable ebook. If you haven't yet set up Libby, our Overdrive ap, this book is the perfect opportunity to do so! Just click here and use the letters and numbers on the back of your library card to log in. If you've never changed your PIN, your code is CHANGEME.
Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely have the secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the middle of building an atomic bomb, the leaders of the Manhattan Project were alarmed to learn that Nazi Germany was far outpacing the Allies in nuclear weapons research. Hitler, with just a few pounds of uranium, would have the capability to reverse the entire D-Day operation and conquer Europe. So they assembled a rough and motley crew of geniuses - dubbed the Alsos Mission - and sent them careening into Axis territory to spy on, sabotage, and even assassinate members of Nazi Germany's feared Uranium Club. 

The details of the mission rival the finest spy thriller, but what makes this story sing is the incredible cast of characters-both heroes and rogues alike-including: 

Moe Berg - the major league catcher who abandoned the game for a career as a multilingual international spy.

Werner Heisenberg - the Nobel Prize-winning physicist credited as the discoverer of quantum mechanics, and the primary target of the Alsos mission. 

Colonel Boris Pash - a high school science teacher and veteran of the Russian Revolution who fled the Soviet Union and led the Alsos mission. 

Joe Kennedy Jr. - the charismatic, thrill-seeking older brother of JFK whose need for adventure led him to volunteer for the most dangerous missions the Navy had to offer. 

Samuel Goudsmit - a washed-up physics prodigy who spent his life hunting Nazis after losing his parents to the concentration camps.

Irène and Frederic Joliot-Curie - a Nobel-Prize winning power couple who used their unassuming status as scientists to become active members of the resistance. 

Thrust into the dark world of international espionage, these scientists and soldiers played a vital and largely untold role in turning back one of the darkest tides in human history. This title is only available in hardcover so far at Fulton County Libraries, so be sure to reserve your copy soon!
With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. But before he reinvented haute couture, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. In this remarkable memoir, he tells his full story for the first time.

Decade after decade, Dapper Dan discovered creative ways to flourish in a country designed to privilege certain Americans over others. He witnessed, profited from, and despised the rise of two drug epidemics. He invented stunningly bold credit card frauds that took him around the world. He paid neighborhood kids to jog with him in an effort to keep them out of the drug game. And when he turned his attention to fashion, he did so with the energy and curiosity with which he approaches all things: learning how to treat fur himself when no one would sell finished fur coats to a Black man; finding the best dressed hustler in the neighborhood and converting him into a customer; staying open twenty-four hours a day for nine years straight to meet demand; and, finally, emerging as a world-famous designer whose looks went on to define an era, dressing cultural icons including Eric B. and Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, Big Daddy Kane, Mike Tyson, LL Cool J, Jam Master Jay, Diddy, Naomi Campbell, and Jay-Z.

By turns playful, poignant, thrilling, and inspiring, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem is a high-stakes coming-of-age story spanning more than seventy years. Click here to reserve this must-read for fans of fashion, music history, or New York stories in hardcover, mp3 audiobook, or downloadable ebook.
In 1914 Henry Ford and naturalist John Burroughs visited Thomas Edison in Florida and toured the Everglades. The following year Ford, Edison, and tire maker Harvey Firestone joined together on a summer camping trip and decided to call themselves the Vagabonds. They would continue their summer road trips until 1925, when they announced that their fame made it too difficult for them to carry on.

Although the Vagabonds traveled with an entourage of chefs, butlers, and others, this elite fraternity also had a serious purpose: to examine the conditions of America's roadways and improve the practicality of automobile travel. Cars were unreliable and the roads were even worse. But newspaper coverage of these trips was extensive, and as cars and roads improved, the summer trip by automobile soon became a desired element of American life.

In The Vagabonds, Jeff Guinn shares the story of this pivotal moment in American history. But he also examines the important relationship between the older Edison and the younger Ford, who once worked for the famous inventor. The road trips made the automobile ubiquitous and magnified Ford's reputation, even as Edison's diminished. The automobile had come of age and it would transform the American landscape, the American economy, and the American way of life.

Guinn brings to life this seminal moment when a new industry created a cultural shift and a famous businessman became a prominent political figure. Check out this book to enjoy on your own next road trip in hardcover, or ebook.
The first definitive account of the lost girls of Boko Haram and why their story still matters—by celebrated international journalist Isha Sesay.

In the early morning of April 14, 2014, the militant Islamic group Boko Haram violently burst into the small town of Chibok, Nigeria, and abducted 276 girls from their school dorm rooms. From poor families, these girls were determined to make better lives for themselves, but pursuing an education made them targets, resulting in one of the most high-profile abductions in modern history. While the Chibok kidnapping made international headlines, and prompted the #BringBackOurGirls movement, many unanswered questions surrounding that fateful night remain about the girls' experiences in captivity, and where many of them are today. 

Originally from Sierra Leone, Isha Sesay led CNN's Africa reporting for more than a decade, and she was on the front lines when this story broke. With unprecedented access to a group of girls who made it home, she follows the journeys of Priscilla, Saa, and Dorcas in an uplifting tale of sisterhood and survival. She delves into the Nigerian government's inadequate response to the kidnapping, exposes the hierarchy of how the news gets covered, and synthesizes crucial lessons about global national security. She also reminds us of the personal sacrifice required of journalists to bring us the truth at a time of growing mistrust of the media.

Beneath the Tamarind Tree is a gripping read and a story of resilience with a soaring message of hope at its core, reminding us of the ever-present truth that progress for all of us hinges on unleashing the potential of women. Reserve a copy from Fulton County Libraries today in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook.
NEW BOOKS NEWSLETTER GIVEAWAY

Thirty-one years after workers first broke ground, the magnificent Hotel Neversink in the Catskills finally opens to the public. Then a young boy disappears.

This mysterious vanishing—and the ones that follow—will brand the lives of three generations. At the root of it all is Asher Sikorsky, the ambitious and ruthless patriarch whose purchase of the hotel in 1931 set a haunting legacy into motion. His daughter Jeanie sees the Hotel Neversink into its most lucrative era, but also its darkest. Decades later, Asher's grandchildren grapple with the family's heritage in their own ways: Len fights to keep the failing, dilapidated hotel alive, and Alice sets out to finally uncover the murderer's identity.

Told by an unforgettable chorus of Sikorsky family members—a matriarch, a hotel maid, a traveling comedian, the hotel detective, and many others—The Hotel Neversink is the gripping portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century. With an unerring eye and with prose both comic and tragic, Adam O'Fallon-Price details one man's struggle for greatness, no matter the cost, and a long-held family secret that threatens to undo it all.

This book isn't available for sale or as a library book until August 6, 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 "Neversink" in the subject line of your email to Collection.Development@fultoncountyga.gov. We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 7/01/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 7/02/19.

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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