News About New Book Embargo and a Debutante Giveaway
You may have heard about recent ebook and eaudiobook embargoes placed on public libraries by publishers like Macmillan and Blackstone Audio. The embargoes prohibit public libraries from purchasing more than one copy of new release titles, or in some cases any new release titles, by those publishers until a certain amount of time post publication. Wait times in Overdrive and Hoopla for certain titles to appear will be longer and wait times for holds will be longer. Public libraries across the country are appealing to these publishers to rethink the embargoes. You can read more here. Readers can take action by emailing Macmillan and Blackstone Audio in support of public libraries and against the embargo.

On the topic of news, November brings no less than five titles with ties to National Public Radio to the shelves of Fulton County Libraries, with names like Tom Brokaw, Mo Rocca, and Jeffery Rosen all bringing us great non-fiction works. Since we strive for variety here at the New Books Newsletter, we've chosen to only highlight two of them - one by the author whose work was adapted into a Hulu series, and one inspired by the Hugo-nominated song featured on the This American Life episode "We Are In The Future".

Read below to find out more about these authors and their creations, and discover our other picks for early November - books filled with mystery and fantasy side-by-side with business advice and social history. No matter what the news brings, we'll always have a new read for you at Fulton County Libraries.
From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, the firebrand author of Shrill turns that refrain on its head. You think this is a witch hunt? Fine. You've got one.

In a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique, West extolls the world-changing magic of truth, urging readers to reckon with dark lies in the heart of the American mythos, and unpacking the complicated, and sometimes tragic, politics of the twenty-first century. She tracks the misogyny and propaganda hidden (or not so hidden) in the media she and her peers devoured growing up, a buffet of distortions, delusions, prejudice that delivered us to this precarious, disorienting moment in history.

The truth can transform us; there is witchcraft in it. Jump on a broom and laugh with Lindy West by reserving her latest work in hardcover, ebook, or downloadable mp3 audiobook.
The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society--and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award-nominated song "The Deep" from Daveed Diggs's rap group Clipping.

Yetu holds the memories for her people--water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners--who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one--the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities--and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past--and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity--and own who they really are.

Be among the first of your friends to enjoy this tale in hardcover, or download the Libby app and listen or read The Deep on your favorite device.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead.

Click here to reserve your copy of this love letter to archives and libraries in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook.
Consider that even competent women must appear likeable to successfully negotiate a salary, ask for a promotion, or take credit for a job well done--and that studies show these actions usually make them less likeable. And this minefield is doubly loaded when likeability intersects with race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and parental status.

Relying on extensive research and interviews, and carefully examined personal experience, The Likeability Trap delivers an essential examination of the pressure put on women to be amiable at work, home, and in the public sphere, and explores the price women pay for internalizing those demands. Rather than advising readers to make themselves likeable, Menendez empowers them to examine how they perceive themselves and others and explores how the concept of likeability is riddled with cultural biases.

The Likeability Trap proposes surprising, practical solutions for confronting the cultural patterns holding us back, encourages us to value unique talents and styles instead of muting them, and to remember that while likeability is part of the game, it will not break you.

Daniel José Older writes fantasy and young adult fiction. His debut novel was Half-Resurrection Blues which is the first book in his urban fantasy series, Bone Street Rumba. Now he ventures into multi-generational storytelling and the mystery genre with The Book of Lost Saints.

Marisol vanished during the Cuban Revolution, disappearing with hardly a trace. Now, shaped by atrocities long-forgotten, her foul-mouthed spirit visits her nephew, Ramon, in modern day New Jersey. Her hope: That her presence will prompt him to unearth their painful family history.

Ramon launches a haphazard investigation into the story of his ancestor, unaware of the forces driving him on his search. Along the way, he falls in love, faces a run-in with a murderous gangster, and uncovers the lives of the lost saints who helped Marisol during her imprisonment.

Reserve The Book of Lost Saints with Fulton County Libraries in hardcover or ebook. As soon as the audiobook for this title is made available to libraries for purchase, we'll be happy to add it to our collection.

The world of debutantes opens into a revealing story of women across six centuries, their limited options, and their desires. Digging into the roots of the debutante ritual, with its ballrooms and white dresses, Kristen Richardson- herself descended from a line of debutantes- was fascinated to discover that the debutante ritual places our contemporary ideas about women and marriage in a new light.

In this brilliant history of the phenomenon, Richardson shares debutantes' own words-from diaries, letters,and interviews-throughout her vivid telling, beginning in Henry VIII's era, sweeping through Queen Elizabeth I's court, crossing back and forth the Atlantic to colonial Philadelphia, African American communities, Jane Austen's England, and Mrs. Astor's parties, ultimately arriving at the contemporary New York Infirmary and International balls. Whether maligned for its archaic attitude and objectification of women or praised for raising money for charities and providing a necessary coming- of- age ritual,the debutante tradition has more to tell us in this entertaining and illuminating book.

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 "Deb" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 10/28/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 10/29/19.

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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