Hidden Secrets and a Give Away in This Week's Newsletter!
This week we highlight books that contain hidden secrets. Read about the biggest financial scandal you've never heard of, fantasy heroines with missing memories, a mystery involving a woman headed to the insane asylum, and the racial realities of "passing" both in fiction and in recent history. All this and a book give-away are in this week's New Book Newsletter!
 In 2009, with the dust yet to settle on the financial crisis, a baby-faced, seemingly mild-mannered Wharton grad began setting in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude--one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system. His name is Jho Low, a man whose behavior was so preposterous he might seem made up.

The definitive inside account of the 1MDB scandal, this true life thriller about a modern swindle of over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others. Exposing the secret nexus of elite wealth, banking, Hollywood, and politics this book from two award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters is sure to thrill with an epic true-tale of hubris and greed.

Billion Dollar Whale reveals how a young social climber pulled off one of the biggest heists in history. Federal agents who helped unravel Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme say the 1MDB affair will become the textbook case of financial fraud in the modern age--and its fallout is already being credited for taking down the prime minister of Malaysia.

For reader who enjoyed Liar's Poker and Bad Blood, this book will become a classic, harrowing parable about finance run amok.
New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett returns to his groundbreaking Demon Cycle series with this enthralling novella--the latest story set in his much-loved fantasy world.

Each night, the world is overrun by bloodthirsty demons. For centuries, humanity survived only by hiding behind defensive wards--magical symbols with the power to repel the demons. Now, the rediscovery of long-forgotten combat wards has given them the magic they need to fight back.

In Tibbet's Brook, the fighting wards have brought change, but the factions and grudges of a troubled past remain. Selia Square, the woman they call Barren, has long been the force that holds the Brook together. As a terrifying new threat emerges, she rallies her people once again.

But Selia has a past of her own. And in a small community the personal and the political can never be divided. If Brook is to survive, Selia must uncover memories she has buried deep--the woman she once was, the woman she once loved--and retell their story.

The other books in this series include The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, Messenger's Legacy, The Skull Throne, and The Core
Trailblazing Constance's hard-won job as deputy sheriff is on the line in Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, the fourth installment of Amy Stewart's Kopp Sisters series. 

After a year on the job, New Jersey's first female deputy sheriff has collared criminals, demanded justice for wronged women, and gained notoriety nationwide for her exploits. But on one stormy night, everything falls apart.

While transporting a woman to an insane asylum, Deputy Kopp discovers something deeply troubling about her story. Before she can investigate, another inmate bound for the asylum breaks free and tries to escape.

In both cases, Constance runs instinctively toward justice. But the fall of 1916 is a high-stakes election year, and any move she makes could jeopardize Sheriff Heath's future--and her own. Although Constance is not on the ballot, her controversial career makes her the target of political attacks.

With wit and verve, book-club favorite Amy Stewart brilliantly conjures the life and times of the real Constance Kopp to give us this unforgettable, not-to-be messed-with heroine. AFLPS has copies of all the books in this fun series that started with Girl Waits With Gun and continued with Lady Cop Makes Trouble and Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions.
This novel recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor--while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows. 

As a child, Cornelius, the son of an Italian-American woman and an older black man from Mississippi named Herman, secretly takes over his father's job at a silent film theater. As Herman lives out his last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls the narrative of history controls their own fate. After his father dies and his mother disappears, Cornelius sets about reinventing himself--as Professor John Woman, a man who will spread Herman's teachings into the classrooms of his university and beyond. But there are other individuals who are attempting to influence the narrative of John Woman, and who might know something about the facts of his hidden past.

The New Books Newsletter is pleased to offer one galley copy (an uncorrected paperback used to promote the book before official release) to the first reader to send us an email at Collection.Development@fultoncountyga.gov with the subject line "John Woman Give Away". The winner will be notified of their success via email and must be able to pick the book up at an AFPLS branch within one month.
Staff Picks
Minna Pritchard Recommends:
Minna Pritchard, Outreach Library Associate at the Metropolitan Branch, firmly believes that the joy of books categorized by marketing departments as Young Adult (YA) literature should not be confined to those under drinking age.
She would especially point out The Cruel Prince as an example of contemporary escapist reading at its finest.

This fantasy is the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. 

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences. 

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

This first book in a series was published in 2002 and continues to find a wide audience of readers from every demographic.
Derek Mosely, Archivist at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, wishes everyone knew the story of America's first black dynasty.

Born a slave in 1841, Blanche Kelso Bruce became a local Mississippi sheriff, developed a political power base, amassed a real-estate fortune, and became the first black to serve a full Senate term. He married Josephine Willson, the daughter of a wealthy black Philadelphia doctor. Together they broke racial barriers as a socialite couple in 1880s D.C. After serving in the senate, Bruce gained appointments under four presidents, culminating with a top Treasury post, which placed his name on all U.S. currency.

The Bruce family entertained lavishly in their two Washington town houses and acquired an 800-acre plantation, homes in four states, and a fortune that allowed their son and grandchildren to attend Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University, beginning in 1896.

But in the end, the dynasty's wealth and stature would disappear when a grandson landed in prison following a sensational trial and his Radcliffe-educated granddaughter married an actor who passed for white.

By drawing on Senate records, historic documents, and personal letters, author Lawrence Otis Graham weaves a riveting social history that spans 120 years.
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