Escape Holiday Stress with These NEW BOOKS!
If the holiday season has you stressed, AFPLS is here to help with reads that will transport you with immersive writing about other lives, other worlds, or just help you shift your focus by offering new ways to stay healthy. Use a new cookbook to make your physical body feel better, or read a biography to learn more about people who interest you. If fiction is the escape you need, try true crime, high fantasy, or an updated folk tale. Whatever kind of defense you need from holiday stress, APLS has books we'll happily loan you for use as your emotional shield.
On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.

Three families are keen to claim her. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before--the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted--and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.

This book is a sequel to Nora Roberts' bestselling Year One.
In Broken Ground , cold case Detective Karen Pirie faces her hardest challenge yet.

Six feet under in a Highland peat bog lies Alice Somerville's inheritance, buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surprise--a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Meanwhile, DCI Pirie is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. And as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.

Broken Ground is Val McDermid's fifth book featuring Detective Pirie. Catch up on this popular series by reading or re-reading all her adventures: The Distant Echo, A Darker Domain, The Skeleton Road, and Out of Bounds are all available at AFPLS.
Jackie Chan is admired by generations of moviegoers for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, and mind-bending stunts.

In this authorized biography, the global superstar reflects on his early life, including his childhood years at the China Drama Academy, his big breaks (and setbacks) in Hong Kong and Hollywood, his numerous brushes with death (both on and off film sets), and his life as a husband and father (which has been, admittedly and regrettably, imperfect).

Since The Young Master in 1980, Jackie's films have ended with a bloopers reel in which he stumbles over his lines, misses his mark, or crashes to the ground in a stunt gone south. In Never Grow Up, Jackie applies the same spirit of openness to his life, proving time and time again why he's beloved the world over.
Bodies may be sculpted at the gym, but they are built in the kitchen.

The fitness influencer and creator of the #1 bestselling Food & Drink app, FitMenCook, shares 100 easy, quick meal prep recipes that will save you time, money, and inches on your waistline--helping you to get healthy on your own terms. 

Instead of worrying about what to eat and how it's going to affect our bodies, we should embrace food freedom--freedom to create flavorful meals, but in a more calorie-conscious way; freedom to indulge occasionally while being mindful of portions; and freedom to achieve wellness goals without breaking the bank.

In Fit Men Cook, Kevin, shares everything you need to live a healthy life each day--from grocery lists to common dieting pitfalls to his ten commandments of meal prep--as well as his personal story of overcoming depression and weight gain to start a successful business and fitness movement. This guide also includes 100+ easy and flavorful recipes like Southern-Inspired Banana Corn Waffles, Sweet Potato Whip, Juicy AF Moroccan Chicken, and many more to help you plan your week and eat something new and nutritious each day. With Fit Men Cook , you can create exciting, satisfying meals and be on your way to losing weight for good.
Book on Screen: Mary, Queen of Scots by John Guy
Starring Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I, Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart, David Tennant as John Knox and Guy Pearce as Sir William Cecil, the star-studded epic Mary, Queen of Scots, opens in theaters December 7th. Based on the work of historian J. A. Guy, Oscar buzz already surrounds this film.

In his 2004 book, the primary source material for the movie, Guy draws on sources as varied as the secret communiqués of English spies and Mary's own letters to depict her world and her actions with stunning immediacy. Here is a myth-shattering reappraisal of her multifaceted character and prodigious political skill. Guy dispels the persistent popular image of Mary as a romantic leading lady, achieving her ends through feminine wiles, driven by love to murder, undone by passion and poor judgment. Through his pioneering research, readers come to see her as an intricate woman and an adroit diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of powerful factions -- the French, the English, duplicitous Scottish nobles, and religious zealots -- who sought to control or dethrone her.

If you enjoy the Mary, Queen of Scots movie or book, you may also want to check out Guy's other volumes on English history. AFPLS has many of his titles, including Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years and The Children of Henry VIII.
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