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Audiobooks by Doctorow and Vinet | Xpress Reviews

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The fascinating, ironic, and fanciful strands that Doctorow pulls from history and imagination are both humorous and horrific, read in his own voice; a diverting historical romance for libraries collecting to please genre fans

Graphic Novels from Helfand & Kumar, Muradov, and Sikoryak | Xpress Reviews

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A tool for reluctant readers to teach facts and history; patrons who appreciate the drawings of Al Hirschfeld will appreciate Muradov’s “graphic novella”; an example of how to use art to change how readers approach narrative content

Fiction from Appel and Prebble with Debuters Heubusch and Hickie | Xpress Reviews

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Resembling a psychiatrist’s clinical case study—a gripping one to be sure; Bondurant can carry a series, and this book demands a sequel! Hickie raises some interesting moral/ethical questions; plot twists may keep readers intrigued, but the stilted language and shallow characters make the novel less enjoyable

E-Originals from Collins, Knox, Parker, and Star | Xpress Reviews

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Rapid pacing delivers a quick read but leaves little room for tension; Knox’s latest is highly recommended for all romance readers looking to be swept away; the preoccupation with gossip is tempered when family becomes the focus; a star for Star, for romance readers who prefer a dollop of snark

Audiobooks from Austen, Chang, Graham, Henson, Kendrick, Kitfield, and Sanders | Xpress Reviews

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An Austen classic; recommended for fans of hip-hop music itself; Graham will be popular in spite of herself; an absorbing read that is more than the typical celebrity memoir; Kendrick will find an audience; for listeners with an interest in the military; a must-listen for Sanders followers

Graphic Novels from Prince & Amor and Roca | Xpress Reviews

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Recommended for graphic novels fans who appreciate the complexities of the language; Roca’s art shines brightest, pulling readers into his world, but it’s Francisco’s and Telmo’s friendship that will haunt them

Fiction from Gundar-Goshen, Jenkins, and Winspear | Xpress Reviews

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An auspicious entry on the English-language scene for Israeli author Gundar-Goshen; Jenkins’s sweetly enticing romance includes a good deal of historical detail; Winspear’s compelling series entry feels very timely in light of our current political climate

E-Originals from Court, Farrell, Moran, and Walker | Xpress Reviews

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Recommended for readers of contemporary romance, particularly those looking for diverse heroines; Farrell’s feisty protagonist will be an inspiration to readers; the interchange of sign language and verbal speech adds dimension to an otherwise thin plot; Olivia and Cole are great characters and prove that opposites do attract

Nonfiction: Origami Artists and Peter Watson on Convergence | Xpress Reviews

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The talent of the individuals profiled is overshadowed by the overall aimlessness and unfinished feeling of the volume; Watson treats biology, chemistry, and physics as entangled plotlines, and readers’ excitement will build as more connections are made

Fiction from Gable and Monroe, plus First-Timers Emmerson and Rohan | Xpress Reviews

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There’s more sociology than sociopaths in this first novel; recommended for those seeking a quick read with a few surprises; for fans of thrillers who can handle the sometimes grisly subject matter; readers will quickly get involved in Billy’s simple yet multifaceted struggle and courageous transformation