NEW BOOKS and a Timely Giveaway
This week's New Book Newsletter brings you titles in a variety of genres and formats as we always do, but just like always, not every book is available in every format on release.

Audiobooks have grown in popularity as the phones in our pockets and other devices make mp3 downloads instantly accessible. While audiobooks in physical format have long been prized by those with long commutes (and we still do offer CD sets in our branches when we can), digital downloads have opened the format up for those who listen while working out, cleaning the house, gardening, or even while at work! The best way to listen to the audiobooks offered in the New Books Newsletter is to download the Libby app from Overdrive.

We try to acquire audio versions of all our popular titles, but when a physical book is first released, often the audio version is not available until a few weeks or even months later. Our wonderful giveaway this month doesn't have an audiobook available yet, but don't worry! As soon as we can, we'll add the mp3 on Overdrive, and if the book is popular enough, we might add the CD audiobook to our physical collection. While you wait for the audio version of your favorite new book, why not explore all the other titles available for download? We have over 4,000 audio titles ready for you to select from today!
The bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Quicksilver returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller.

Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge's family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived. In the coming years, technology allows Dodge's brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls. But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem.

Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. Click here to reserve your copy in hardcover, or ebook.
Author Elizabeth Gilbert is back with this delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, Vivian Morris gets kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Not too long later, she makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand.

Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

Reserve your copy of what is sure to be a bestseller in hardcover, mp3 audio book, or use this work to set yourself up for downloadable ebooks. If you find yourself on the wait list, check out Gilbert's last mega-hit, The Signature of All Things.
Stephanie Maddox works her dream job policing power and exposing corruption within the FBI. Getting here has taken her nearly two decades of hard work, laser-focus, and personal sacrifices—the most important, she fears, being a close relationship with her teenage son, Zachary. A single parent, Steph's missed a lot of school events, birthdays, and vacations with her boy—but the truth is, she would move heaven and earth for him, including protecting him from an explosive secret in her past. It just never occurred to her that Zachary would keep secrets of his own.

 One day while straightening her son's room, Steph is shaken to discover a gun hidden in his closet. A loaded gun. Then comes a knock at her front door—a colleague on the domestic terrorism squad, who utters three devastating words: "It's about Zachary."

So begins a compulsively readable thriller of deception and betrayal, as Stephanie fights to clear her son's name, only to expose a shadowy conspiracy that threatens to destroy them both—and bring a country to its knees. Packed with shocking twists and intense family drama, Keep You Close is an electrifying exploration of the shattering consequences of the love that binds—and sometimes blinds—a mother and her child. 

Click here to reserve your copy of Keep You Close in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook.
Former US Marine Jess Winslow reenters civilian life a new widow, with little more to her name than a falling-down house, a medical discharge for PTSD, and a loyal dog named Lucy. The only thing she actually cares about is that dog, a black-and-white pit bull mix who helps her cope with the devastating memories of her time in Afghanistan.

After fifteen years — nearly half his life — in state prison, Mason Burke owns one set of clothes, a wallet, and a photo of Lucy, the service dog he trained while behind bars. Seeking a fresh start, he sets out for Deception Cove, Washington, where the dog now lives. As soon as Mason knocks on Jess's door, he finds himself in the middle of a standoff between the widow and the deputy county sheriff.

When Jess's late husband piloted his final "fishing" expedition, he stole and stashed a valuable package from his drug dealer associates. Now the package is gone, and the sheriff's department has seized Jess's dearest possession - her dog.

Unless Jess turns over the missing goods, Lucy will be destroyed. The last thing Mason wants is to be dragged back into the criminal world. The last thing Jess wants is to trust a stranger. But neither of them can leave a friend, the only good thing in either of their lives, in danger. To rescue Lucy, they'll have to forge an uneasy alliance.

Reserve your copy of Deception Cove in hardcover, mp3 audio book, or downloadable ebook today.
Set in Hawaii in aftermath of its annexation by the United States and in Wyoming during the twilight of the "Wild West," Aloha Rodeo uncovers the hidden history of the native Hawaiians who, in 1908, challenged the West's greatest cowboys—and returned home American legends.

August 1908, three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world's greatest rodeo. Steer-roping virtuoso Ikua Purdy and his cousins Jack Low and Archie Ka'au'a had travelled 4,200 miles from Hawaii, of all places, to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West. Dismissed by whites, who considered themselves the only true cowboys, the native Hawaiians would astonish the country, returning home champions—and American legends.

In Cheyenne, they didn't just astound the locals; they also overturned simplistic thinking about cattle country, the binary narrative of "cowboys versus Indians," and the very concept of the Wild West. Blending sport and history, while exploring questions of identity, imperialism, and race, Aloha Rodeo spotlights an overlooked and riveting chapter in the saga of the American West.

Fulton County Libraries is pleased to offer Aloha Rodeo in hardcover, mp3 audiobook, and downloadable ebook. In fact, we love this story so much that the title has been added to our Family Roadtrip Audiobooks collection on Overdrive. This collection is refreshed weekly with titles we think would be fun to listen to during long car rides with audiences of mixed ages. Why not install the Libby app by Overdrive and download Aloha Rodeo or another title for your next long car ride?

On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Queens, meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place. Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite whose flapper clothing, pearl earrings, and talk of the Roaring Twenties don't seem to match the bleak mood of Depression-era New York. Captivated by Nora from her first electric touch, Joe despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears. Finding her again—and again—will become the focus of his love and his life.

Nora, a fiercely independent aspiring artist, is shocked to find she's somehow been trapped, her presence in the terminal governed by rules she cannot fathom. It isn't until she meets Joe that she begins to understand the effect that time is having on her, and the possible connections to the workings of Grand Central and the solar phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the sun rises or sets between the city's skyscrapers, aligned perfectly with the streets below.

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 "Timely" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 5/27/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 5/28/19.

The winner will be notified via email and must be able to pick the book up at a library branch within one month. Just in case you aren't chosen, why not click here to reserve a copy with Fulton County Libraries? We're pleased to offer this new release in both hardcover and ebook.
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