New Books to Read Under Falling Leaves
As our hemisphere tilts away from the sun in autumn, our minds tilt to the search for the best new reads. This week's New Books Newsletter brings a continuation of a favorite series, a new work by a popular author and a surprize from a first-time author. Warm your heart by reading about one of the best foster homes, and curl up under a warm blanket and extend the enjoyment of two new television series by reading the books that inspired them.
Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born.

Once there, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He's always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

This new story is the 22nd installment in the Jack Reacher series, which began with The Killing Floor. All the Jack Reacher novels can be found at AFPLS, often in every format we offer. Enjoy Jack Reacher's entire story again in book, e-book download, audio CD or audio download form. For those that missed the 2013 movie starring Tom Cruise, the DVD is available.
Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty's latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out... 

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can't even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

A vivid, barn burner of a historical crime novel, The Best Bad Things introduces readers to the fiery Alma Rosales--detective, smuggler, spy 

It is 1887, and Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium. Trained in espionage by the Pinkerton Detective Agency--but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man--Alma now works for Delphine Beaumond, the seductive mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring.

When product goes missing at their Washington Territory outpost, Alma is tasked with tracking the thief and recovering the drugs. In disguise as the scrappy dockworker Jack Camp, this should be easy--once she muscles her way into the local organization, wins the trust of the magnetic local boss and his boys, discovers the turncoat, and keeps them all from uncovering her secrets. All this, while sending coded dispatches to the circling Pinkerton agents to keep them from closing in.

One wrong move and she could be unmasked: as a woman, as a traitor, or as a spy.
In the tradition of The Promise of a Pencil and Kisses from Katie comes an inspirational memoir by the founder of Comfort Cases about his turbulent childhood in the foster care system and the countless obstacles and discrimination he endured in adopting his four children. 

Rob Scheer never thought that he would be living the life he is now. He's happily married to his partner and love of his life, he's the father of four beautiful children, and he's the founder of an organization that makes life better for thousands of children in the foster care system.

But life wasn't always like this.

Poignant, gripping and inspiring, Rob's story provides a glimpse into what it's like to grow up in the foster care system, and sheds necessary light on the children who are often treated without dignity. Both a timely call to action and a courageous and candid account of life in the foster care system, A Forever Family ultimately leaves you with one message: one person can make a difference.
Books On Television
In this thrilling and though-provoking novel of Middle Eastern intrigue, Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young English actress, is lured into "the theatre of the real" by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.

John le Carré's classic spy novels set against the mid-twentieth century political landscape deftly navigate readers through the shadow world of espionage. Critics and readers alike consider him one of the best writers of his generation, and a master of his genre.

The television adaptation premiers Monday, November 19 on AMC.
When a scientific expedition is launched to study a mysterious alien race, the only ship available is the Nightflyer, a fully autonomous vessel manned by a single human. But Captain Royd Eris remains locked away, interacting with his passengers only as a disembodied voice--or a projected hologram no more substantial than a ghost.

Nightflyers is a hard science fiction novella first published in 1980 won the Locus and Seiun awards, and was nominated for a Hugo. This story is set in the same fictional "Thousand Worlds" universe as several of George R. R. Martin's other works.

The television adaptation premiers Sunday, December 2, on Syfy.
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