E-Originals from Claire, James, and Kane, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Chandler’s debut doesn’t quite meet the erotica mark; an addicted Hollywood star and her lover will be quite addictive; James’s novella settles some affairs, but A Gentleman Never Tells; fans of paranormal mysteries will enjoy Kane’s latest

Nonfiction: Sappho/the Lyric Poets, Crime in Panama, Raif Badawi, Viking Economics, Language | Xpress Reviews

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Duban’s treatise is by turns insightful, provocative, and grumpy; for libraries with patrons interested in the 20th-century history of Panama; Haidar’s memoir is touching and provocative; the Nordic economic model will fascinate; a valuable book for readers interested in the philosophy of language

Graphic Novels: Ban on Tezuka, Hanawalt, plus Rall and Trudeau on the Donald | Xpress Reviews

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A must for Tezuka devotees; Hanawalt’s collection is charming if occasionally bawdy; both Rall and Trudeau take graphic turns with our Republican presidential candidate

Fiction from Debuter Gentry, Greenwood, and Keller | Xpress Reviews

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A debut for fans of mysteries, thrillers, and family drama; Greenwood’s latest is well worth a reader’s time to discover what happens to these characters; fans of tales where a simple lifestyle abuts serious crime will embrace Keller’s story

E-Originals from Hildreth and O’Keefe and a Pair from Kelly | Xpress Reviews

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A fast-paced story with lots of sex from Hildreth; readers will cheer for these hardworking, underappreciated governesses, who deserve more out of life; the couple’s growing feelings threaten to set the pages on fire in the latest from O’Keefe

Stories of Families | SF/Fantasy Reviews, August 2016

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Debuter Wagers’s fast-paced, twisty space opera; Neill continues to prove she is adept at worldbuilding and nonstop action; Roberson’s series launch will appeal to any thriller fan; gripping and occasionally brutal, Shaw’s survival story highlights both the best and worst in humanity

Native American History, Global Meals, the Middle East, U.S. Presidencies | Reference Short Takes, August 2016

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A thoughtful, inspiring compendium for Native American studies collections; a tasty roundup of global meal rituals; a sobering, authoritative briefing on a “zone of turmoil”; a timely update dedicated to the concept of modern presidency

Professional Media | Social Science Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Three titles that make for essential reading for beginning and veteran library professionals

Fowl Treatment | Science & Technology Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Two titles detailing how the chicken has become one of the staples of the American diet, succeeding beef as the protein of choice for millions across the nation, and the pros and cons of the animal production industry.

Writ in the Stars | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Readers would do well to suspend disbelief and open their hearts to the romance, the lush prose, and the mystery of Helen Sedgwick’s original and inventive debut; a pleasurable read for lovers of historical fiction and for those longing for reassurance that following one’s passion does indeed lead to healing and belonging.