NEW BOOKS and a Naturalist Giveaway!
Enjoy the fall weather by reading a new book outside! Our picks this week include fantasy, biography, memoir, a cookbook and the twenty-fourth entry in a much loved series. It's the perfect time to curl up on a blanket in the park and enjoy a great read and you may even see us there!

You can see pictures of our Outreach Librarians on Instagram at many Fulton County outdoor events. We even have a library bike for parades! Follow our adventures online by subscribing to @fulcolibrary on the gram, or check out all our events on our Facebook page.
Atlanta author Jenn Lyons continues the Chorus of Dragons series with The Name of All Things, the epic sequel to The Ruin of Kings.

Kihrin D'Mon is a wanted man. Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin.

Janel's plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin's old enemy, the wizard Relos Var.

Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world--the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things. And if Janel is right, then there may be nothing in the world that can stop Relos Var from getting what he wants.

If October has put you in the mood for a celebrity's story, Fulton County Libraries has what you need this fall. With books like Janis: Her Life and Music, Vanity Fair's Women on Women, or Do You Mind if I Cancel? showing us the labor those in the limelight do to get their work before the the public. Perhaps one of the most interesting releases by a celebrity this month though is by the late artist Prince.

The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince--a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him.

The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince's evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain--the final stage in Prince's self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.

The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring's introduction about his collaboration with Prince in his final months--a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated--and annotations that provide context to the book's images.

This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original literary work in its own right, full of Prince's ideas and vision, his voice and image. Click here to reserve a copy of The Beautiful Ones in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook.
In this explosive memoir, a political consultant and technology whistleblower reveals the disturbing truth about the multi-billion-dollar data industry, revealing to the public how companies are getting richer using our personal information and exposing how Cambridge Analytica exploited weaknesses in privacy laws.

When Brittany Kaiser joined Cambridge Analytica--the UK-based political consulting firm funded by conservative billionaire Robert Mercer--she was an idealistic young professional working on her fourth degree in human rights law and international relations. Kaiser's goal was to utilize data for humanitarian purposes, most notably to prevent genocide and human rights abuses. But her experience inside Cambridge Analytica opened her eyes to the tremendous risks that this unregulated industry poses to privacy and democracy.

Targeted is Kaiser's eyewitness chronicle of the dramatic and disturbing story of the rise and fall of Cambridge Analytica. She reveals to the public how Facebook's lax policies and lack of sufficient national laws allowed voters to be manipulated in both Britain and the United States, where personal data was weaponized to spread fake news and racist messaging during the Brexit vote and the 2016 election. But the damage isn't done Kaiser warns; the 2020 election can be compromised as well if we continue to do nothing.

Welcome to Ree's new frontier! So much has happened on Drummond Ranch over the last couple of years: The kids are growing up, another left for college, Ree's schedule is crazier than ever...and through it all, her cooking has evolved. While she and her family still love all the hearty comfort foods they're accustomed to, Ree's been cooking up some incredible new dishes that reflect the flavors, colors, and texture she's craving these days.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier features 112 brand new step-by-step recipes that bring fresh, exciting elements into your everyday meals. From super-scrumptious breakfasts, to satisfying soups and sandwiches, to deliciously doable suppers and sides--and, of course, a collection of irresistible sweets you'll want to make immediately!--these pages will deliver a big list of fabulous new dishes for you to add to your repertoire.

"This is a random universe," Reacher says. "Once in a blue moon things turn out just right."

This isn't one of those times.

Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. Now Reacher wants to make it right.

An elderly couple have made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

Reacher has to stay one step ahead of the loan sharks, the thugs, and the assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she's letting on, and sets out to take down the powerful and make the greedy pay. It's a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice . . . the kind that comes along once in a blue moon. 

The twenty-fourth book in the Jack Reacher series is sure to thrill long-term fans, but those new to the series might be surprised to know that his first adventure, Killing Floor, takes place right here in Georgia! You can read the entire run of Jack Reacher's adventures in Fulton County Libraries for the first time, or go back and revisit your favorites before Blue Moon hits the shelves.

Not every book we review is destined to become part of the Fulton County Library collection, and while those of us who love the history of science love this book, we decided to pass on buying this one.

Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous scientist and explorer of his day. "I view him as one of the greatest ornaments of the age," wrote Thomas Jefferson, and he received Humboldt in the White House in 1804. Ralph Waldo Emerson celebrated Humboldt as "one of those wonders of the world," and John Muir exclaimed, "How intensely I desire to be a Humboldt!" The great German poet Goethe was Humboldt's friend, and after reading Humboldt's work Charles Darwin, yearned to travel to distant lands. From Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California to Humboldthain park in Berlin, from South America's Humboldt Current to Greenland's Humboldt Glacier, numerous places, plants, and animals around the world are named after him.

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 "Naturalist" in the subject line of your email to Collection.Development@fultoncountyga.gov. We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 10/21/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 10/22/19.

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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