Two debut authors and four fan favorites!
The New Books Newsletter makes a point of trying to include at least one debut title from a new author each week, but this week we couldn't choose! TWO new voices are included in this issue, and we're such a fan of them that they're in the two top spots below. Of course, we haven't forgotten the need to alert our readers of upcoming works by some of their favorite authors, and our remaining four picks are all from names book fans will recognize.

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This novelization of real events thrills with the tale of secretaries turned spies, a CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, and the popularization of one the greatest romance novels of the mid twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.

At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world—using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.

The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story—the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara—with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature.

At the center of this debut novel is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world. Reserve your copy in hardcover, ebook, or downloadable mp3 audiobook and listen on your favorite device. Want to revisit Doctor Zhivago or read it for the first time? We've got you covered in every format - we even have the hit 1965 movie with commentary by Omar Sharif, as well as Geraldine Chaplin's screen test included as bonus content on the DVD.
Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding debut of historical fiction mixed with magic.

In the early 1900s, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Describing the plot of this book any further would ruin some of the wonderful surprises and mysteries that wait for readers inside. Enjoy the wonderful escapism of this new work by reserving a copy in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook download.
Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. The best questions come from kids. What would happen to an astronaut's body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral?

In her newest book, Doughty blends her mortician's knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five distinctive questions posed by her youngest fans. In her inimitable voice, Doughty details lore and science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Why do corpses groan? What causes bodies to turn colors during decomposition? And why do hair and nails appear longer after death? Readers will learn the best soil for mummifying your body and whether you can preserve your best friend's skull as a keepsake.

Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? shows us that death is science and art, and only by asking questions can we begin to embrace it. If you're new to Doughty's work, you may want to read one of her two previous best-selling books, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory and From Here to Eternity : Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. If this author's work or the subject of death in general is something you want to talk more about, why not attend a Death Café? While the next scheduled event is at Historic Oakland Cemetery, Death Cafés are often held at our library branches.

Click here to reserve your copy of Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs in hardcover or ebook to read on your favorite device.
From the author of Frog Music, The Wonder, and Room, comes a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together. 

Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his first visit back to Nice since he was a child, bringing with him a handful of puzzling photos he's discovered from his mother's wartime years. But he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of an eleven-year-old great-nephew he's never met, who urgently needs someone to look after him. Out of a feeling of obligation, Noah agrees to take Michael along on his trip. They find much has changed in this famously charming seaside mecca, still haunted by memories of the Nazi occupation.

Discover the prose style that has made Emma Donoghue's books bestsellers by reserving Akin in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook.
Ben Westhoff is one of the more popular non-fiction writers represented in the Fulton County Library collection, with his titles Dirty South : Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern rappers who reinvented hip-hop and Original gangstas : the untold story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the birth of West Coast Rap remaining popular with our readers long after their release dates. In his newest work, Westhoff turns his signature reportage style to investigating Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

Drugs like fentanyl, K2, and Spice—and those with arcane acronyms like 25i-NBOMe— were all originally conceived in legitimate laboratories for proper scientific and medicinal purposes. Their formulas were then hijacked and manufactured by rogue chemists, largely in China, who change their molecular structures to stay ahead of the law, making the drugs' effects impossible to predict.

Westhoff infiltrates this shadowy world, tracking down the little-known scientists who invented these drugs and inadvertently killed thousands, as well as a mysterious drug baron who turned the law upside down in his home country of New Zealand. He visits the shady factories in China from which these drugs emanate, providing startling and original reporting on how China's vast chemical industry operates, and how the Chinese government subsidizes it. Poignantly, he chronicles the lives of addicted users and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug awareness organizers in the U.S. and Europe. Together they represent the shocking and riveting full anatomy of a calamity we are just beginning to understand. From its depths, as Westhoff relates, are emerging new strategies that may provide essential long-term solutions to the drug crisis that has affected so many. 

Reserve a copy of this riveting work of non-fiction in hardcover, or ebook format. If you're a fan of true crime stories, don't forget that our collection It's A Crime on Overdrive or your Libby app can provide hundreds of titles in this genre ready for download today.

Botanical Baking by Juliet Sear
Learn how to perfect the prettiest trend in cake decorating - using edible flowers and herbs to decorate your cakes and bakes - with this impossibly beautiful guide from celebrity baker Juliet Sear, author of Cakeology and The Cake Decorating Bible.

Learn what flowers are edible and great for flavor, how to use, preserve, store and apply them including pressing, drying and crystallizing flowers and petals. Then follow Juliet step-by-step as she creates around 20 beautiful botanical cakes that showcase edible flowers and herbs, including more top trends such as a confetti cake, a wreath cake, a gin and tonic cake, floral chocolate bark, a naked cake, a jelly cake, a letter cake and more.

This book is on order with Fulton County Libraries, but not yet on our shelves. You can win a hardcover copy of this title by emailing us within 24 hours of the New Books Newsletter email. Just put "Botanical" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 9/02/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 9/03/19.

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? The gorgeous photography alone makes this book worth any reader's time.
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