Before the Bookmobile, there was the Pack Horse Librarian
All the titles offered in this week's Newsletter are from bestselling, well-known authors. From newcomers like Common to those with deep backlists like David McCullough, readers know the new stories from their favorite writers can always be found in our catalog.

This week's giveaway highlights the librarian's duty to offer popular works to readers, no matter the challenge! FDR's Kentucky Pack Horse Project sent books into hard-to-reach communities in need of reading materials and literacy services during a dark time for Appalachia. and author Kim Michele Richardson has used this celebrated program as a hook on which to hang her latest tale. This new book by the author of Godpretty in the Tobacco Field and Liar's Bench seems destined for the bestseller list again - along with all of this week's much loved fellow scribes.
Common--the Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Golden Globe-winning musician, actor, and activist--follows up his New York Times bestselling memoir One Day It'll All Make Sense with this inspiring exploration of how love and mindfulness can build communities and allow you to take better control of your life through actions and words. 

Common believes that the phrase "let love have the last word" is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. Love is the most powerful force on the planet and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you experience life.

 Common explores the core tenets of love to help others understand what it means to receive and, most important, to give love. He moves from the personal--writing about his daughter, to whom he wants to be a better father--to the universal, where he observes that our society has become fractured under issues of race and politics. He knows there's no quick remedy for all of the hurt in the world, but love--for yourself and for others--is where the healing begins.

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird, only to abandon her plans to publish. 

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted--thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

This story is a must read for fans of Harper Lee, detailing the shocking murders, courtroom drama, and racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, Cep offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country's most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity. Reserve your copy of Furious Hours in hardcover or ebook today!
In Danielle Steel's remarkable new novel, one of her most memorable characters comes to terms with unfinished business and long-buried truths as the mother of three very different daughters with three singular fathers. 

The three girls grow up to be very different women, and Isabelle's relationship with each of them is unique. While raising her girls alone, Isabelle also begins building a career as a successful art consultant. Then one final turn of fate brings a past secret to light, bonds mother and daughters closer, and turns a challenge into a blessing.

For decades Danielle Steel's name has been synonymous with best-selling romance novels in America, and Fulton County Library is pleased to offer a healthy selection of her past works in our library in every format we offer. If you're a romance reader new to Steel's works or a long time fan who wants to revisit old favorites, we've got you covered.

In his international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises.

Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals -- ranging from the forced opening of Japan by U.S. Commodore Perry's fleet, to the Soviet Union's attack on Finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup in Chile and Indonesia, to the transformations of Germany and Austria after World War Two. Because Diamond has lived and spoken the language in five of these six countries, he can present gut-wrenching histories experienced firsthand. These nations coped, to varying degrees, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, and learning from models of other nations. Looking to the future, Diamond examines whether the United States, Japan, and the whole world are successfully coping with the grave crises they currently face. Can we learn from lessons of the past? 

If you missed out on Guns, Germs and Steel, or just want to revisit this modern classic, Fulton County Libraries is pleased to offer it in every format. Don't miss out on Diamond's latest work - reserve a copy in hardcover or ebook today.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough explores the settling of the Northwest Territory in this new work in his well loved prose.

As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam.

Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments.

If you've never indulged in McCullough's works about American history, Fulton County Libraries would recommend trying The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris or The Wright Brothers, both of which are past bestsellers our patrons continue to enjoy. If you've loved McCullough's works in the past but haven't kept up with him lately, you might enjoy American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, a collection of his speeches and essays.

You can reserve The Pioneers in hardcover or downloadable ebook to read this newest retelling of Ohio Valley history.

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything -- everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. 

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler. 

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere -- even back home.

This book isn't available for sale or as a library book until May 7th, 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 "Pack Horse" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 4/29/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 4/30/19.

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'll be pleased to offer this title to all our readers on its release date.
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