Scarily Good NEW BOOKS and a Secret Therapy Giveaway
It may only be September, but it seems that many of our library patrons are already in the mood for a good scare. As always, the New Books Newsletter is pleased to highlight authors both familiar and new, all offering scares in different genres. If reading the first five New Book descriptions gets you rattled though, don't worry - we have a soothing secret therapy giveaway as our sixth pick!

Not in the mood to be scared just yet? Why not check out our Hispanic Heritage Month Collection on Overdrive? Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15th to October 15th, and Fulton County Libraries is pleased to offer selections by and about those with Hispanic heritage both online and in your local library branch.
Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn't believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don't eat—for breakfast.

You likely remember Jonathan Safran Foer from his many previous best sellers, including Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Here I Am. Reserve a copy of his latest work with Fulton County Libraries in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook and listen on your favorite device.
Noah Turner see monsters.

His father saw them—and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersive horror experience that the whole family operates.

His practical mother has caught glimpses of terrors but refuses to believe—too focused on keeping the family from falling apart.

And his eldest sister, the dramatic and vulnerable Sydney, won't admit to seeing anything but the beckoning glow of the spotlight . . . until it swallows her up.

Noah Turner sees monsters. But, unlike his family, Noah chooses to let them in.

Enjoy this debut novel by Shaun Hamill in hardcover, mp3 audiobook or download the Libby app and take the eBook with you where ever you go.
From the author of Fear the Worst and No Safe House comes a new tale to thrill and chill Fulton County Library readers!

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation's capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.

This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city's newest, and tallest, residential tower has its Friday night ribbon-cutting.

Click here to reserve a copy of Barclay's newest thrilling novel in hardcover, ebook, or mp3 audiobook.
Even as the country divides itself at every turn, the meritocratic ideal – that social and economic rewards should follow achievement rather than breeding – reigns supreme. Both Democrats and Republicans insistently repeat meritocratic notions. Meritocracy cuts to the heart of who we are as Americans.

But what if, both up and down the social ladder, meritocracy is a sham? Today, meritocracy has become exactly what it was conceived to resist: a mechanism for the concentration and dynastic transmission of wealth and privilege across generations. Upward mobility has become a fantasy, and the embattled middle classes are now more likely to sink into the working poor than to rise into the professional elite. At the same time, meritocracy now ensnares even those who manage to claw their way to the top, requiring rich adults to work with crushing intensity, exploiting their expensive educations in order to extract a return. All this is not the result of deviations or retreats from meritocracy but rather stems directly from meritocracy's successes.

This is the radical argument that Daniel Markovits prosecutes with rare force. Markovits is well placed to expose the sham of meritocracy, having spent his life at elite universities, he knows from the inside the corrosive system we are trapped within. Markovits also knows that, if we understand that meritocratic inequality produces near-universal harm, we can cure it.

Get scared and then get active after reserving your copy of Markovits' work in hardcover, mp3 audiobook, or ebook format with Fulton County Libraries.
Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, in Land of Wolves Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd.

With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.

The crime fighting adventures of Sheriff Longmire are a popular series with Fulton County Library readers, and the books are now being made into a Netflix series. If you want to start the series or re-read it from the beginning, check out the first book Cold Dish, or take a look at all the books listed in order over on goodreads to see if you've missed any. Fulton County Libraries is pleased to offer the the full back catalog of Johnson's modern western thrillers.

Already caught up on Longmire? Then reserve your copy of Land of Wolves today in hardcover, ebook. As soon as the audiobook becomes available to libraries, we'll be sure to offer that format as well.

Atlanta is one of the nation's best known urban forests, so we knew Fulton County Library readers would be interested in this book that explores the benefits of green surroundings.

In The Secret Therapy of Trees, Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri explore the relationship between plants and organisms, and illustrate nature's positive impact on our psychological and physical well-being.

Studies have shown that increased exposure to green space can result in a regulated heartbeat, lowered blood pressure, reduced aggressiveness, improved memory skills and cognitive function, and a healthier immune system. Just one visit to a forest can bring positive effects (hint: monoterpenes, the natural essential oils in plants, have numerous positive effects on health), and even a mindful walk through a semi natural park can alleviate physical and psychological stress. 

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 "Tree Therapy" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 9/09/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 9/10/19.

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? You can also tell all your friends to sign up for the New Books Newsletter - that way if one of them wins, you can borrow the book when they're done, doubling your chances of an advance read!
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