Xpress Reviews

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Audiobooks on Seafood Conservation and Essentialism and by Hubbard and Valente | Xpress Reviews

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Fishing for seafood conservation, an adventure tale from Hubbard, a challenge to evaluate systematically and continually how listeners spend their time and energy, Snow White moves from a fairy tale kingdom to the Old West

Graphic Novels from Davis, McKean, and Ostrander & Mandrake | Xpress Reviews

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A wonderfully told story of a boy coming of age and coming to terms, a superb print exhibition of McKean’s varied talents and styles, a confusing read for those unfamiliar with the first Martian Manhunter title

Goldman’s Views of Mexico City and Katz’s Rescue Animals | Xpress Reviews

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Goldman’s city chronicle is a successful blending of memoir, political reporting, and extended literary narrative; Katz makes us look at animals and humans in a new light

Fiction from Barnes, Butler, Cornwall, Gorman, McCaig, Vanasse, plus a Remarkable Debut | Xpress Reviews

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A perfect rainy-day read, an appealing Kit Cobb thriller, characters to root for, a satisfying mystery, Gone with the Wind backstory, a remarkable debut, much to ponder

E-Originals from Reid, Rhodes, Saare, & Schmidt, plus a Solid Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Grant’s debut features sympathetic characters who are a bit outside the norm, Reid’s heroine is refreshing, a solid military story from Rhodes, readers won’t stop with just one from Saare, and Schmidt caters to those who like thrills

E-Originals from Barnard, Bielman, Daniels, Grice, & Kline | Xpress Reviews

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A series opener will have readers singing the “blues”; Keeping Mr. Right Now is an excellent beach read—even in winter; a fish-out-of-water comedy for Crusie fans; and strong silent cowboys and intertwined plots

Graphic Novels from Brisson & Co., Lapham, and Lemire | Xpress Reviews

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Brisson and company present gut-wrenching portrayals of humankind, Lapham has expertly crafted a noir tale with great dialog, Lemire’s latest imaginative and personal but too self-indulgent

Audiobooks from Cotterill, De Sa, DiLouie, Koch, Quick, & Sandford/Cook | Xpress Reviews

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Jimm Juree returns, a male coming-of-age story, a thought-provoking and horrific tale, for fans of unsettling literary fiction, Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, romantic historical suspense from Quick, for fans of crossover YA thrillers

Nonfiction: a Punk Rock Pioneer, a Dalmatian Memoir, Rock Star Theory, & Secret Sidekicks | Xpress Reviews

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A female rock pioneer reveals food for thought, how a Dalmatian helped a writer battle depression, a workmanlike chronicle of rock celebrity, and a fun book for anyone who loves contemporary art and history

Thrilling Fiction from James & Sundstøl, plus a Debut | Xpress Review

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Thriller writing at its best, from Peter James; a professor and former diplomat will give Griffin and Clancy political and military action novel competition; Sundstøl’s latest Minnesota series installment measures up to the first

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