NEW BOOKS and a Strange Giveaway!
It's fall, which means publishers are now releasing some of the best books of the year in the hope that the titles will make their way on to holiday shopping lists. We're confident that all six titles featured this week will make their way on to the bestseller lists - and likely one or two may end up on our best of the year list!

As always, the library is here for our patrons not just with books, but with every educational resource we can offer relating to what's popular with the public. For example, readers excited about the new work by educator Neil deGrasse Tyson, will be happy to note that Fulton County Libraries offers his work in multiple formats to our patrons, including episodes of his National Geographic show Star Talk. This program showcases media stars talking about scientific stars, and is available online for free through the library's Access Video on Demand Master Collection. Star Talk includes interviews with Atlanta favorites like Jimmy Carter and Larry Wilmore, and offers insights from celebrities learning about science has impacted their lives.

Want more works or related content on any of the authors or subjects below? Search our catalog or visit a branch to talk to a librarian today.
The author of White Teeth and On Beauty is back with this collection of short pieces, some new, some collected from her writings in The New Yorker magazine.

Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically respected, and popular writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her power of observation and her inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world.

Interleaving eleven completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from The New Yorker and elsewhere, Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

Click here to reserve Grand Union in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook format. Want to keep up with Zadie Smith and other authors who regularly publish in The New Yorker? Read it for free on RB Digital! The New Yorker is our most popular e-magazine offering, with over eight hundred downloads each month. RB Digital even has an app you can download, so your favorite magazines can be read on the go.
"People don't just happen," writes Saeed Jones. "We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 'I' it seems doesn't exist until we are able to say, 'I am no longer yours.'"

Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.

An award-winning poet, Jones has developed a style that's as beautiful as it is powerful. Be one of the first to read this debut by reserving a copy in hardcover, or download the Libby app and enjoy the mp3 audiobook or ebook on your favorite device.
Set in Depression-era America, a story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind.

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. 

What happens to them—and to the men they love—becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job—bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Find out what has made JoJo Moyes a favorite author of Fulton County Library readers by reserving this latest work in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook format.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world's largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.

Tyson's 2017 bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. In this new work,the author introduces us to a newly personal dimensions of his quest to explore our place in the cosmos.

Reserve a copy of this thoughtful work today in hardcover, or ebook format. As soon as the publishers allow libraries to purchase the audiobook of this title, we will be pleased to add it to our collection.
Shave the princess! The bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes are back with a new adventure in the irreverent world of Pell.

This is not a story about finding true love's kiss--it's a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong.

Once upon a time, a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses. When she woke, she found no Prince Charming, only a surfeit of hair and grotesquely long fingernails--which was, honestly, better than some creep who acted without consent. She cut off her long braids and used them to escape, but she kept the beard because it made a great disguise. Then she began her career of piratry, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain.

Although not written by Sn'archivist (who is said to take dictation directly from the gods of Pell), this new escapade by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly skewers the tropes of fairy tales and create a new kind of fantasy: generous, gently humorous, and inclusive. There might also be otters. 

Click here to reserve your copy in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audio format.

In the pulsating moments after she has been murdered and left in a dumpster outside Istanbul, Tequila Leila enters a state of heightened awareness. Her heart has stopped beating but her brain is still active-for 10 minutes 38 seconds. While the Turkish sun rises and her friends sleep soundly nearby, she remembers her life-and the lives of others, outcasts like her.

Escaping to Istanbul, Leila makes her way into the sordid industry of sex trafficking, finding a home in the city's historic Street of Brothels. This is a dark, violent world, but Leila is tough and open to beauty, light, and the essential bonds of friendship.

In Tequila Leila's death, the secrets and wonders of modern Istanbul come to life, along with tales of how Leila came to know and be loved by her friends. As her epic journey to the afterlife comes to an end, it is her chosen family who brings her story to a buoyant and breathtaking conclusion.

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 "Ten Minutes" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 9/30/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 10/01/19.

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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