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E-Originals from Dimon, Hassell, Smith, and Van Hulzen | Xpress Reviews

For libraries looking for more romantic suspense with a spy twist; readers of LGBT romance will fall in love with this unlikely pair and their journey; this second installment in Smith’s series is a solid read; a sweet romance to continue the series

Graphic Novels from the Nadlers, Snyder & Co., and Watson | Xpress Reviews

Highly recommended to general readers with even a passing interest in the thinkers and thoughts in question; a story that is both enjoyable and slightly depressing, in essence, very similar to real life; Glister is a sweet, thoughtful, and intentionally off-kilter light fantasy

Nonfiction on Irv Cross, Bitcoin, Courageous Leadership, and Travels to Distilleries | Xpress Reviews

Cross’s autobiography lacks the spice that readers might seek; a great choice for anyone interested in technology, finance, politics; for readers looking to investigate leadership; for those wanting to read more about distillers and distilling, this may not be the best starting point

Fiction from Baxter, Grafton, Sharp, Todd, Debuter Nugent, and a Mystery Anthology from Penzler | Xpress Reviews

Baxter’s second take on Wells is appropriate for young adult audiences; for book lovers, short story readers; enjoy Grafton’s California sleuthing sister; for fans of domestic suspense; series fans and Lee Child aficionados will appreciate Sharp’s latest; the new Todd title is flawed but still enjoyable for series fans

August 2017 LibraryReads

The August LibraryReads list really packs a punch. In Ann Hood’s new memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up With Books, she shares her love for literature and the transformative power it holds. Leah Weiss brings us a novel full of hope, heart, and finding the courage within, while New York Times bestselling author Daniel H. Wilson delivers […]

Domestic Affairs | Wyatt’s World

Tales of families never fail to fascinate. Whether a story of zany characters or of bonds unraveled, how mothers, fathers, and siblings navigate their unions is always rich reading. Here are four novels and one memoir that solidify these points.

Graphic Novels from Davis & Kettner, Malet & Tardi, Moen & Nolan, and Quinn & Sharma | Xpress Reviews

A beautifully realized biographical comic that tackles a tough subject head-on; fans of detective thrillers and nonsuperhero comics will be impressed; Oh Joy Sex Toy consistently educates and titillates with playful, informative, and honest comics; this stand-alone volume will appeal to both teens and adults who enjoy soccer

Families & Addiction, Philosophers, Two Debuts, & Joyce Maynard | Memoir

A grab-bag of titles about drug addiction, prevailing against all odds, almost forgotten ancestors, a love story cut short, and a Renaissance philosopher.

Nonfiction on the Advent of the Flapper | Xpress Reviews

A good springboard for further investigation and deeper research, this title bites off more than it can chew but introduces readers to a dazzling cast of flappers and proto-flappers and their observers and admirers

Fiction from Cook and Stratton, with Well-Written Debuts from Avdic and Heacock | Xpress Reviews

Fans of mysteries set in confined environments will tear through this dark thriller debut; Cook’s latest disappoints; a delicious summer treat with just enough sass, sex, and edible glitter; a heartwarming contemporary romance, with a woman of color as the main character