Xpress Reviews

Web-first reviews of books and media, including e-original/e-exclusive titles.

Audiobooks from Fortier, Ivy, McGarrity, and Poehler | Xpress Reviews

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Two stories of strong women from Fortier, a new series from Ivy, characters drawn with nuance and pathos by McGarrity, and funny and powerful truisms from Poehler

Graphic Novels from Keatinge & del Duca, Williams & Coleby, and Zimmerman & Scott | Xpress Reviews

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A fully developed cast of well-rounded characters from Keatinge and del Duca; an informed, provocative alternate history from Williams and Coleby; and fascinating true-life tales of espionage, diplomacy, and high-tech aerospace innovation

Nonfiction from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden | Xpress Reviews

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A collection of writings from the Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine, The Garden

E-Originals from Boykin, LeCoeur, Maxfield, Porter, plus a Christmas Quartet | Xpress Reviews

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Tule Pub. adds to its canon with Christmas stories from Boykin and Porter, plus a quartet of tales about celebrating in the Big Apple; LeCoeur entrances with a historical Big Easy tale; and Maxfield’s characters leap off the page

Graphic Novels from Belliveau, Maroh, Puryear & Alexander, Roy & Wordie, and More | Xpress Reviews

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Personal-sketch fans might appreciate Belliveau, a rare English-language translation of Maroh’s work, a unique and mature twist on the “prison planet” trope, visually intriguing art and a thoughtful palette from Roy and Wordie

Nonfiction: Photos and Quotes That Express Gratitude | Xpress Reviews

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An ideal gift book for saying thank you, congratulations, or it’s great to be alive

Fiction from Lawson, O’Mara, & Robson | Xpress Reviews

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The thrilling Kay Hamilton sequel will not disappoint; O’Mara’s latest Ray Donne features a refreshing techno nerd, Robson’s research won’t make up for her joyless heroine

E-Originals from Burke, Cullinan, Griffin & Michaels, Hart, & a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Family drama from Burke, a love letter to librarians from Cullinan, a fabulous sequel from Griffin and Michaels, a dynamically written series opener from Hart, and a debut that shows wonderful storytelling ability

Graphic Novels from Geary, Mulligan/Ostertag, Peeters, Sakai, Vachss | Xpress Reviews

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Geary’s “Victorian Murder” series is offbeat but fascinating, a satisfying webcomic transferred successfully to the printed page, Peeters paints a vivid alien landscape, Sakai’s Usagi belongs in all libraries, Vachss is unique but choppy.

Nonfiction: Sportswriter Epstein, Victorian London, Alaska Memoir, plus Info Tech, World War II History, Ebola | Xpress Reviews

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A new volume for Epstein readers, an atypical look at London’s social history, a beautifully written memoir of Alaska, naturalists will savor McAllister’s love letter, the U.S. Army’s Pathfinders in action, a defined study of sociology.

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