Xpress Reviews

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Nonfiction on Citizen Science, Primatology, the Iran Deal, and the Beatles | Xpress Reviews

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An engaging exploration of citizen science; recommended for nonspecialists intrigued by animal intelligence; those who remain skeptical of the plan’s framework will have their views reinforced; an absorbing, reflective work that will appeal to more serious music fans and Beatles newcomers

Fiction from Hurwitz, Rosenfeld, and Ryan, plus Debuts and Mermaids | Xpress Reviews

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Hurwitz excels at writing smart characters and plots; Luke is another compelling diversion from Ryan; Kamata’s coming-of-age story mixes bits of magical realism with the trials of growing up in the 1970s suburban Midwest

E-Originals from Colgan, Leigh, Michaels, and Robinson | Xpress Reviews

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Romance readers will celebrate this latest addition to Colgan’s series; explicit, fiery, and fun, this quick thrill is quintessential Leigh; readers of Michaels’s series will not be disappointed; for readers of sports romances who like their stories steamy but their characters still coming of age

Graphic Novel from Bertozzi and Hargan on “Becoming Andy Warhol” | Xpress Reviews

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Bertozzi and Hargan explore a specific period in Andy Warhol’s life, presenting a compelling subject matter that may be of interest to Warhol enthusiasts but might go over the heads of casual readers

Nonfiction on Middle Eastern Poetry, Ted Roosevelt Jr., Königsberg, the Great War, Library Budgets, Artists’ Letters | Xpress Reviews

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A spicy and special treat for Middle Eastern collections; Brady’s work augments our appreciation of interactions within the Roosevelt clan; a unique but true story of leadership, loyalty, hardship, and war; readers curious about art will find this irresistible

Fiction from Bohjalian, Meyer, Murray, and Debuter McCarthy | Xpress Reviews

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Bohjalian’s latest will captivate readers who crave an edge-of-your-seat page-turner; mystery fans will be looking forward to the next Dr. Harry Kent novel; a fun read for those who enjoy the lighter side of spy fiction; Murray’s bold historical is wise and good enough

E-Originals from Barnard, March, and Sotto | Xpress Reviews

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Like the previous series installment, this sequel brings real heart to an exciting fantasy adventure; March’s breathtaking “Thistle Bend” series takes on a “green” bent; Sotto hits all the romantic high notes; highly recommended

Graphic Novels from Osborne & Fish, Debuter Radtke, and Various Spanish Cartoonists | Xpress Reviews

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An unexpected gem of a version of Peter Pan thanks to its embrace of genuine emotion and psychological gravity; a fantastic example of the graphic novel’s possibilities as a literary medium; a best-of collection, full of emotional and humorous stories

Nonfiction on the Philadelphia World’s Fair of 1926 and from “The Movie Doctors” | Xpress Reviews

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Historian Keels recounts Philadelphia’s spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to celebrate the sesquicentennial of American independence with a world’s fair; this book of film reviews is a flatliner. Pull the plug STAT!

Fiction from Banner, Connelly, Flagg, Koike, and Singh, plus an Icelandic Debut | Xpress Reviews

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This solid read will please both Connelly’s longtime fans; die-hard Flagg admirers will enjoy this latest title; Jonasson’s debut has transformed the locked-room myster; a translated work to please Asian horror fans; Singh’s latest series entry continues to set the bar high