Something For Everyone in February!
This week's New Books Newsletter features a new novel from a local author, four non-fiction titles across a range of subjects, and a spicy space give away. Whether you're interested in military history, neuroscience, fluid dynamics, end-of-life planning, or just want a good fiction read, the Fulton County Library System has you covered with fresh new titles in every category, as well as the locally connected stories and events all your neighbors will want to discuss.

Be sure to click the links in each newsletter to reserve your copies of the highlighted new titles. Then spread the joy by encouraging your favorite people to sign up for the New Books Newsletter themselves!
The Butler family has had their share of trials--as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest--but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.

Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened.

As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister's teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family.

Anissa Gray is an Emmy and duPont-Columbia award-winning journalist at CNN Worldwide, responsible for helping to guide coverage of some of the most consequential stories of our time. Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Gray lives in Atlanta, with her wife.

The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own "good death" more likely. This handbook of step by step preparations--practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual--will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with her, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event.

Patrons of the library can click here to reserve a copy of the Art of Dying Well, or check out Butler's earlier best-seller, Knocking on Heaven's Door in hardcover or large print edition. Those interested in discussing end-of-life planning, preparation, and care may also wish to attend the next monthly Death Cafe at our Ponce De Leon branch library. Death Cafes are community events open to all library patrons wishing to discuss or learn more about all the choices, challenges, and chances for connection at the end of life. You can find out about events like this one by following your favorite branch or the system as a whole on Facebook.
This volume explains why specific drugs--from opioids to alcohol to coke and more--are so hard to kick, and seeks to illuminate the path to recovery for addicts, loved ones, caregivers, and crafters of public policy. 

From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovered drug addict, Never Enough is an authoritative and accessible guide to understanding drug addiction. By clearly explaining brain science and revealing vivid personal stories that reveal how addiction happens, the author hopes to cast a light on our nation's catastrophic current epidemic.

If we are not victims ourselves, we all know someone struggling with the merciless compulsion to alter their experience by changing how their brain functions. One by one, Grisel shows how different drugs act on the brain, the kind of experiential effects they generate, and the specific reasons why each is so hard to kick.

Grisel's insights lead to a better understanding of the brain's critical contributions to addictive behavior, and will help inform a more rational, coherent, and compassionate response to the epidemic in our homes and communities. Click here to reserve your copy of Never Enough in hardcover.
Sometimes explosive, often delicious, occasionally poisonous, but always interesting: the New York Times- bestselling author of Stuff Matters shows us the secret lives of liquids.

We all know that without water we couldn't survive, and that sometimes a cup of coffee or a glass of wine feels just as vital. But do we really understand how much we rely on liquids, or the destructive power they hold?

Set over the course of a flight from London to San Francisco, Liquid Rules offers readers a fascinating tour of these formless substances, told through the language of molecules, droplets, heartbeats, and ocean waves. Throughout the trip, we encounter fluids within the plane--from a seemingly ordinary cup of tea to a liquid crystal display screen--and without, in the volcanoes of Iceland, the frozen expanse of Greenland, and the marvelous California coastline. We come to see liquids as substances of wonder and fascination, and to understand their potential for death and destruction. Just as in Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik's unique brand of scientific storytelling brings liquids and their mysterious properties to life in a captivating new way.

Click here to reserve your copy of Liquid Rules, or check out the author's earlier award-winning work, Stuff Matters : exploring the marvelous materials that shape our manmade world at Fulton County Libraries today.
From the bestselling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner's journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel--and forge an enduring bond with his enemy. 

When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner's seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover he's a natural-born shooter. At first, Clarence and his fellow crews in the legendary 3rd Armored Division thought their tanks were invincible. Then they met the German Panther, with a gun that could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: The lead tank always gets hit.

After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art "super tank," one of twenty in the European theater.

This tank comes with a harrowing new responsibility: Now they will spearhead every attack. Battling through the ruins, Clarence will engage in a tank duel immortalized by an army cameraman, and eventually square off with a Panzer IV tank, whose crew has been sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans.


We get a good number of promotional copies of new titles at Fulton County Libraries, and they aren't all destined to end up in our collection. Such is the case with this week's give away, a fun new science fiction tale from Amanda Bouchet.

Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who'll take them dead or alive. Tess's best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear. With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don't know about each other might get them killed...unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it's too late.

You can win a mass market paperback copy of this title by emailing us within 24 hours of the New Books Newsletter email. Just put "Nightchaser" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 2/18/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 2/19/19.

The winner will be notified via email and must be able to pick the book up at an AFPLS branch within one month.
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