Xpress Reviews

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

Audiobooks from Berry, Greene, Jio, & Riley | Xpress Reviews

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Cotton Malone saves the United States, one for business and political philosophy, mid-century Seattle according to Jio, a century-spanning drama from Riley

Graphic Novels from Anno, Bendis, Peyo, & Woodring | Xpress Reviews

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Manga on mangled vanity; for aspiring pros, on the comics business; nostalgia in blue: The Smurfs Anthology, Woodring’s intersection of comic books and outsider art

Nonfiction on Finding “Maybe,” Moonshine, Alzheimer’s, Fermentation, Good Ideas, Neil Young | Xpress Reviews

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A gem on finding hope, a shot of moonshine history, a mother and son share Alzheimer’s, steps to master fermenting, on being creative, a new title for Neil Young completists

Fiction from Coulter & Ellison, Dain & Co., Knox, plus Gruesome Faerie Stories | Xpress Reviews

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An ambiguous medical thriller, Coulter & Ellison’s next suspenseful Drummond thriller, romance authors lead to An Encounter at Hyde Park, gruesome fairy tales, Knox is highly recommend, Truly

Labor Day E-Originals from DePaul, Lorret, Lovelace, and Struth | Xpress Reviews

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Steamy military suspense from DePaul, icing on the romance cake from Lorret, difficult choices from Lovelace, layered stories within stories from Struth

E-Originals from Davis, Hunter, Kline, Robinson, & Shanley | Xpress Reviews

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Shape-shifting fun from Davis, quirky characters and snappy dialog from Hunter, a romantic Western with a few barrels to jump from Kline, a new “Ladies Unlaced” novel from Robinson, and a G-rated werewolf series from Shanley

Audiobooks from Galloway, Harbour, Stevens, plus a Beach Read Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Harry Houdini rises from the dead in a fictional reimagining, a spine-tingling tale from Harbour, a debut beach read has some issues, Stevens’s latest Monroe title should circulate where the series is popular

Graphic Novels from Collins, Nero & Dowling, and Remender & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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A visually lyrical modern fable that manages to be both utterly unique and eerily recognizable, a modern-day cautionary parable with a kick, and a book for fans of stories of espionage, spies, assassins, and high school awkwardness

Nonfiction: Calamity Jane, Mexicans in America, Racial Passing, & Civil Rights Murders | Xpress Reviews

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A tedious tome on Calamity Jane, a history of Mexican migration to the United States, the phenomenon of passing, a comprehensive treatment of the Amazons, and murders and attacks associated with the 1960s civil rights movement

Fiction from Daly, Kuznetsov, and Rinaldi; Karon Returns to Mitford, NC | Xpress Reviews

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Daly’s Natty Wainwright keeps her friends close, a beloved homecoming to Mitford for Karon, a title for fans of serial killer thrillers and of Russian novels in translation, and a literary interpretation of Tom Thumb’s life with historical figures

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