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Nonfiction: 19th-Century Crime, World Hunger, Robotics, Greek Philosophy, Butterflies, More | Xpress Reviews

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Crimes of the Romantic period, world hunger, history of the human race, Frank Sinatra, women in the military, for readers who like their history with a little personality, Thelma Todd, a workable plan for guiding youth toward healthy life choices, ancient Greek philosophy, butterflies, modern science, history of physics

Fiction from Adler-Olsen, Dugoni, Mr. Kellerman, May, Mitchell & Blaney, and a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Department Q gets a new case; Dugoni’s pens a compelling thriller; despite Kellerman’s ending, the rush up is exciting and definitely worth it; May creates atmosphere you can cut with a dirk; demand but no spark for Mitchell and Shay; an adequate historical mystery from a broadcaster

Graphic Novels from Alarcón & Alvarado, Cavolo, Climo, and Eisner & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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Alarcón and Sheila Alvarado are too elliptical, a highly original piece of art from Cavolo, Climo doesn’t make any attempt to plumb the depths of compelling comics territory, Eisner’s blending of art and text is revolutionary; highly recommended

E-Originals from Bailey, Barnard, Bass, Chandler, Dominic, & Mortimer | Xpress Reviews

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A healthy dose of conflict before a happy resolution; an exciting new fantasy adventure series; a story that is well written, emotionally satisfying, and sprinkled with sweet romance; sf romance with a serious dose of humor and some hot sex; a compelling world with many provocative and unanswered questions

Graphic Novel from Farazmand | Xpress Reviews

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Simplistic line drawings mixed with sarcasm, wit, and dark humor in varying degrees comprise this compilation of webcomics and short essays from website creator Farazmand

Nonfiction on Living Life in Full, Politics of the Middle East, and Leadership | Xpress Reviews

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The Eyres’ book is a must-read for all baby boomers who aim to live life to the fullest; Karsh’s treatise is for academics interested in the debate between the New Historians and the traditional narrative of Israeli chroniclers

Fiction from Banville, Donati, Evison, Heaberlin, Neville, Radish, & Wiggs | Xpress Reviews

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Banville on creative sorts; more on the Bonner family; Evison’s quick-paced family drama; Heaberlin’s deliciously twisty tale; Neville’s latest intrigue; a fanciful tale from Radish; a beautiful lake setting and powerful emotions from Wiggs

E-Originals from Arend, Baxter, North, Sorenson, & Witt | Xpress Reviews

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Animalistic passion, wry humor, and strong characters from Arend, hot romance scenes lead to family vacations from Baxter, readers will rush out to follow North’s new series, outlaw motorcyclists and electrifying steaminess from Sorenson

E-Originals from Charles, Keyes, Matthews, Maxwell, Rose, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Historical atmosphere and suspense from Charles, a disingenuous hero from Keyes, cozy romance and an amateur sleuth from Matthews, Maxwell opens a series with an e-novella, a promising debut from Meredith, more sports fun from Rose

Nonfiction on Brooklyn, the Irish Rising, Being LGBT, and Bill Clinton | Xpress Reviews

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A book for fans of Brooklyn history, a welcome addition to any collection on Irish history, an ever so slightly outrageous memoir about the gay rights movement, a new Bill Clinton book is only for avid readers of popular political science