Graphic Novels: Best American Comics, Jansson, Lovecraft & Culbard, Rucka & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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A pleasing range of comics for “Best of” in 2014, a grand tribute to Jansson’s life and work, for dark fantasy and Lovecraft devotees, and a fantastic dystopian novel from Rucka et al.

Nonfiction: the Bronx, Herzl, the Great Migration, Plus-Size Models, NLF Players, More | Xpress Reviews

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Growing up in the Bronx, a fascinating intellectual biography, the experiences of African American girls in the Great Migration, plus-size models, life after professional football, Fanny Seward and the Civil War

Fiction from Clare, Hoag, Kava, & Meister | Xpress Reviews

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Historical fiction fans will enjoy Clare’s latest, Hoag’s thriller offers plenty of plot twists, Kava has written another suspenseful winner, and Meister will stoke the curiosity of those unfamiliar with Dorothy Parker’s great wit

Education, January 2015 | Best Sellers

March 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

E-Originals from Bachar, Barnard, Griffith, Moore, Rose, and Newcomer Skye | Xpress Reviews

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Bachar has a new “Cy’ren Rising”; Barnard continues to be “Blue”; a satisfyingly sigh-worthy love story from Moore; Rose knocks her latest baseball tale out of the park; and newcomer Skye’s blend of sf and romance changes 9/11

Bergman, Goldhagen, Unger, with Historicals, Westerns, & Debuts Aplenty | Fiction Reviews, January 2015

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Bergman writes with brilliant cadence and economy, Goldhagen is sure to resonate with fans of nonlinear storytelling, Unger’s best work yet, Hepworth’s debut is a deftly told, thoughtful intergenerational story that will delight readers.

Brabner/Zingarelli, Dingle, Opotowsky/Hoffmeister, Simon/Kirby, & Others | Graphic Novels Reviews, January 2015

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A highly worthwhile volume shedding light on a too-long darkened corner of comics history; Little Nemo is essential for art libraries and McCay’s most avid fans; a lovely magical-realist fable; a solid bet for lovers of philosophical, alt-world fiction.

Fresh Voices in Fiction: Anderson, Carr, Freeman, Jackman, Lester, van den Berg, Yoerg, & Others | Debut Fiction, January 2015

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Freeman’s debut is thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended; Rider brings us convincingly into the life of a band on the road; van den Berg presents a frighteningly plausible near-future dystopia grounded in human elements; Yoerg’s debut leaves readers wanting more.

Allure, Brooks, Connor, Kincade, and the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica | Erotica Reviews, January 2015

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We’re ringing in the New Year with a batch of erotica about new beginnings (though old acquaintances do pop up a fair few times).

Abercrombie, Charish’s Debut of the Month, Tregillis | SF/Fantasy Reviews, January 2015

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Abercrombie’s tough and determined heroine is a big draw, exotic settings and rollicking adventure from Charish, Tregillis presents a fascinating look at the nature of free will and the existence of the soul.

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