Bloody NEW BOOKS and a Historical Give Away!
In 1990's I Lock My Door Upon Myself, Joyce Carol Oates wrote that "blood is memory without language." In this week's New Books Newsletter, we have plenty of new reads that use blood as a central theme, from thrilling mysteries to trendy fitness programs. Our give away this week, a historical novel set in a segregated prisoner of war camp, takes its title from a famous Shakespeare quote about blood. It may be that the more things change in literature, the more they stay the same - but you can find all the newest takes on classic themes this month at AFPLS.
Robert B. Parker's iconic and irresistible PI Sunny Randall is back, and the stakes are higher than ever as she races to protect her ex-husband--and his Mafia family--from the vengeful plan of a mysterious rival. 

Sunny Randall is "on" again with Richie, the ex-husband she never stopped loving and never seemed to be able to let go, despite her discomfort with his Mafia connections. When Richie is shot and nearly killed, Sunny is dragged into the thick of his family's business as she searches for answers and tries to stave off a mob war. But as the bullets start flying in Boston's mean streets, Sunny finds herself targeted by the deranged mastermind of the plot against the Burke family, whose motive may be far more personal than she could have anticipated...

Mike Lupica is a prominent sports journalist and the New York Times --bestselling author. A longtime friend to Robert B. Parker, he was selected by the Parker estate to continue the Sunny Randall series.
When an unidentified, seemingly healthy young woman collapses on the New York City subway and dies upon reaching the hospital, her case is an eerie reminder for veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton of the 1918 flu pandemic. Fearful of a repeat on the one hundredth anniversary of the nightmarish contagion, Jack autopsies the woman within hours of her demise and discovers some striking anomalies: first, that she has had a heart transplant, and second, that, against all odds, her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.

Although the facts don't add up to influenza, Jack must race against the clock to identify the woman and determine what kind of virus could wreak such havoc--a task made more urgent when two other victims succumb to a similar rapid death. But nothing makes sense until his investigation leads him into the fascinating realm of CRISPR/CAS9, a gene-editing biotechnology that's captured the imagination of the medical community. . . and the attention of its most unethical members.
Scientists and doctors have identified six major age inciters: metabolism, damaged macromolecules, epigenetics, inflammation, stress adaptation, and telomeres. Addressing these six major age inciters - the six keys - this book showcases is the newest trend in fitness. Jillian Michaels presents her ideas on ageless health, fitness, and shares her beauty plan in a book that will be very popular with those seeking a fitness plan in the new year.

The 6 Keys outlines powerful lifestyle interventions, dietary guidelines, exercise plans, and vanguard strategies for cultivating mindfulness, keeping you fit, healthy, and beautiful for life.

Since 1993, Jillian Michaels has held 2 personal training certificates from the leading certification programs in the country: the National Endurance and Strength Training Association and the American Fitness Association of America. She is best known as a strength trainer and life coach for the NBC series "The Biggest Loser". 
A master of international intrigue, Taylor Stevens introduces a pair of wild cards into the global spy game--a brother and sister who were raised to deceive--and trained to kill.

They live in the shadows, Jack and Jill, feuding twins who can never stop running. From earliest memory they've been taught to hide, to hunt, to survive. Their prowess is outdone only by Clare, who has always been mentor first and mother second. She trained them in the art of espionage, tested their skills in weaponry, surveillance, and sabotage, and sharpened their minds with nerve-wracking psychological games. As they grew older they came to question her motives, her methods--and her sanity . . . 

Now adults, the twins are trying to lead normal lives. But when Clare's off-the-grid safehouse explodes and she goes missing, they're forced to believe the unthinkable. A twisted trail leads from the CIA, to the KGB, to an underground network of global assassins where hunters become the hunted. Everyone, it seems, wants them dead--and, for one of the twins, it's a threat that's frighteningly familiar.
In the first in an engaging new mystery series, the owner of a charming literary pub finds her fresh start on the rocks.

Booklover Sadie Coleman knows that in life, as in fiction, the right setting can make a world of difference. The small town of Shady Creek, Vermont, seems like the perfect place to start over after losing her Boston job to a merger and her relationship to her ex's gambling addiction. She's bought and redecorated the old grist mill pub, transforming the Inkwell into a cozy spot where tourists and regulars alike can enjoy a pint or a literary-themed cocktail, or join one of several book clubs.

Little by little, Sadie is adjusting to the rhythms of her new home. Fall in Shady Creek is bookmarked by the much-anticipated Autumn Festival, complete with a pumpkin catapult competition and pie bake-off. Unfortunately, the season also brings an unwelcome visitor--Sadie's ex, Eric, who's angling for a second chance . . .

Before Sadie can tell Eric to leave, he's found dead near the Inkwell. When the local antique shop catches fire on the same night, it's clear the town is harboring at least one unsavory character. Now, with her Aunt Gilda, her friend Shontelle, and the pub's patrons all in the mix, Sadie must uncover the truth . . . before a killer declares last call.
New Book Give Away

Inspired by true events, this novel recounts the remarkable story of the first ever all-black Shakespeare production, staged by segregated American prisoners of war.

On New Year's Eve 1814, the American sailors of the Eagle arrive at Dartmoor prison, bedraggled but burning with hope. They've only had one thing to sustain them during the harrowing voyage to this prison camp -- the War of 1812 is finally over. Joe Hill thought he'd left the war outside these walls but it's quickly clear that there's a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated; six white and one black.

This book isn't available for sale or as a library book until January, but 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 "Mad Blood Stirring" 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, 12/10/18 and 8:30am Tuesday, 12/11/18.

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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