At the Emory Libraries, we have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure you have access to the academic books you need for your research, teaching, and learning. Now that the winter holiday break is near, we want to ensure you have some leisure material to enjoy. To relax, we are reading, listening to, or watching a variety of treats, from good detective thrillers to some of the most famous opera arias of all time. We invite you to check them out, too.
First, you should know all Emory University faculty, students, and staff have access to two free online library collections: Fulton County Library System (formerly the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library or AFPL) and Emory Libraries. Since Emory is located in the city of Atlanta, those with an active Emory ID can apply for a Fulton County Public Library card, regardless of where they live.
For Emory Libraries, you can find the titles below and many more via:
- Library Search (Emory’s catalog)
- Emory Overdrive ebooks & audiobooks
- Emory Naxos Spoken Word audiobooks & music
- Met Opera on Demand
- Alexander Street Press Music Online
- Swank Digital Campus (films)
If you are interested in obtaining the print version of one of these books from the Emory Libraries, please request the book through our catalog Library Search. For any questions, you can contact the Ask a Librarian service. (Please check our hours page for holiday closures between Dec. 24-Jan. 2.)
For Fulton County Library System, you can use:
- Fulco Catalog
- Fulco Overdrive ebooks & audiobooks
- Fulco Hoopla movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows
If you need to acquire or renew your Emory access to the AFPL, complete the online form, and then email it using your Emory email account to Library [dot] Outreach [at] fultoncountyga [dot] gov. The Fulton County Library System is now open full time, Monday-Saturday for in-person services, but check the link for any changes in COVID-19 protocols.
What are Emory librarians reading, listening to, and viewing?
- Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes, by Jessica Pan (Memoir)
Gullah Geechee Home cooking: recipes from the matriarch of Edisto Island by Emily Meggett (Cookbook)
Dear Science and Other Stories by Katherine McKittrick (Critical Essays)
Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism by Aja Barber (Anthropology)
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Memoir)
How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis (Self-Improvement)
Paper: Paging through History by Mark Kurlansky (History)
- Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism by Geert Lovink (Social Criticism)
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry (Memoir/Travelogue)
- Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal (Biography, Emory faculty)
- House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (Novel)
- Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
- Murder In Westminster by Vanessa Riley (Mystery)
- The Bullet That Missed: a Thursday Murder Club Mystery by Richard Osman (Mystery)
- Birds of Maine by Michael DeForge (Graphic Novel)
- Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (Novel)- – This title was reviewed by the Fox Center’s 2022-23 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (CHIIRS): Contemporary Women Novelists Reading Group.
- The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (Novel) – This title was reviewed by the Fox Center’s 2022-23 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (CHIIRS): Contemporary Women Novelists Reading Group.
- Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black – (Historical Fiction)
- Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry (Mystery)
- No One Else by R.Kikuo Johnson (Graphic Novel)
- The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix (Graphic novel)
- Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister (Historical fiction)
- Tiepolo Blue by James Cahill (Novel, Emory faculty) – See also a conversation with the author recently hosted at the Carlos Museum
- Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson (Sci-fi)
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba by Koyoharu Gotouge (Manga, 22 volumes)
- Graphic Public Health : A Comics Anthology and Road Map by Meredith Li-Vollmer (Graphic novel)
- Christmastide: Traditional Christmas Carols Arranged for Harp by Harriet Adie
- Spirited: Soundtrack from the Apple Original Film by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
- God of War: Ragnarök Soundtrack by Bear McCreary
- Gate of Klüna by Kuunatic
- Lucia di Lammermore (2022) by Donizetti (Opera)
- Handel’s Messiah at Coventry Cathedral (2022) by John Nelson and the English Concert (Recorded Performance)
- Making Black America: Through the Grapevine (2022) hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS Documentary)
- La Strada (1954) by Federico Fellini (Film) – See also the ongoing Carlos Museum exhibition on Fellini and Fantasy, which runs through January 8.
A great big thank you to all of the library folks in Acquisitions, Reserves, Music & Media, and our subject librarians for sharing their favorites and wish lists. If you have your own favorite titles and are looking for similar titles, try Novelist, which will recommend read-a-likes and similar series for all ages.
—Gautham Reddy, South Asian Studies and Religion Librarian