Cold War History, the Life of Ward, Trials of Ali, plus Fast Scans & Trailers | Video Reviews

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An engaging examination of the influence of Western TV, an overdue reminder of what remains singular about Lynd Ward, a fascinating look into how Ali overcame prejudice through the courage of his convictions, and much more

Gabaldon Returns in Fiction, Along with Galbraith/Rowling, Jordan, & Levitt | Xpress Reviews

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Debut author Dunn compels with sympathetic characters, another breakneck, rip-roaring page-turner from Gabaldon, Galbraith/Rowling “Strikes” again, a World War I novel from Jordan, and psychological terror from Levitt

The Future of Food, Fiction from Mengestu, Priest, & Rowell, plus Memoir by Ward | Audio Reviews

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Barber’s Third Plate stands out as an essential book about food, Mengestu’s sad and harrowing tale of identity, responsibility, and love, a new dramatization that blends fantasy and steampunk into something very fun

Fiction from Chadwick, Coll, Colucci, S. Evanovich, & Moriarty | Xpress Reviews

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A new historical trilogy from Chadwick, a suburban noir from Coll, a fun, scary, and intriguing book from Colucci, a miss from Stephanie Evanovich, a beautifully written historical debut, and Moriarty’s dark, seedy side of the “perfect” family

Summer Best Debuts | First Novels

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Upcoming first novels you shouldn’t miss, including Adi Alsaid’s Let Get Lost, Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter, and David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, plus excerpts from indie press titles.

Fiction from Campion, Grimes, Koontz, Kunstler, & Much More | Xpress Reviews

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Love stories from Grand Central Terminal, English medieval history, coming of age on the Underground Railroad, more Richard Jury, Little Bighorn storytelling, love comes to Jane Austen, a dynamite stand-alone from Koontz, Netzer’s literary fiction, Ulysse’s Caribbean fiction, a terrific romance from York

Final Follett, Forsyth’s Fairy Tale, New Murakami, plus British Spies, & Much More | Fiction Reviews

Flight of the Sparrow

Brown’s Flight of the Sparrow is an engaging novel based on solid research, Follett has written pitch-perfect popular fiction, Forsyth enchants with a gorgeous narrative and memorable characters

Tons of Fiction: Burrowes, Campion, Clark, Harkaway, Mackin, Miller, Verdon, & Vollmann | Xpress Reviews

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Romance from Braden and Burrowes, mysteries from Campion and Clark, short pieces from Dybek, cynicism from Harkaway, Abduction from Holt, historical fiction from Mackin, magical storytelling from Miller, a thriller from Verdon, and more

The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, more Grey Gardens, Autistic Adults, plus “Prime” TV | Video Reviews

The Green Table

One of the most significant ballets of the 20th century is essential for any dance collection, the iconic documentary portrait of the Beales is now more complete, interviews with 12 adults living on the autism spectrum increase awareness

Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook Reviews

The Snow Queen

Cunningham’s novel is enriched by the audio performance, a gripping debut reveals the secrets of a private community, Goodall covers the use and abuse of plants, a new series opener leaves the listener desperate for the next installment

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