Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels from Vanessa Davis and Hashtag Love Is Love | Xpress Reviews

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Davis delivers a slightly aimless, loosely collected read; a model of how art becomes therapeutic after tragedy, this uplifting collection resurrects hope and love in heartfelt messages for older teens and adults

Nonfiction: Sexual Assault in the Military, Boxing, da Vinci, Jewish Holidays, Skillet Cooking | Xpress Reviews

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Hall’s brave and honest work sexual assault in the military; a trip down memory lane for hard-core boxing fans; for readers already familiar with Lappin’s novels and essays; a modern take on a pilgrim’s journal for Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike; explore the stalwart skillet’s versatility

Fiction from Evans, Miller, Peacock, Wilhide, and Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Mazzola’s debut draws on the notorious 1837 Edgware Road murder; Miller has created a quirky, relatable family; Murphy’s imaginative debut is a haunting ghost story and a thrilling mystery; Peacock’s second novel may appeal to readers of Sue Monk Kidd; two stories focus on filmmaking during World War II

E-Originals from Fox, Jewkes, and Stillings | Xpress Reviews

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The sexy world of ménage relationships, packed into a short and easy read; fans of Joanna Shupe’s “The Knickerbocker Club” series will find much to like here; a quick and compelling read involving murder, rekindled passions, and knitting puns

Graphic Novels by Fraction & Ward, Kirkman & Azaceta, and Kittredge & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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There really is nothing else like this out there, both in terms of content and aspiration; horror fans aware of Kirkman’s pedigree should eat it up; fans of X-Men, Kittredge’s previous work, and Sanders’s art will relish this fresh mystery

Nonfiction on Retro Cameras, Hustvedt’s Essays, and Lonely Planet Travel 2017 | Xpress Reviews

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Anyone who appreciates fine photography will love this book; an excellent and fearlessly wide-ranging collection that never stops at the easy answer but continually probes deeper; a quick and engaging overview useful to travelers in planning their next escape

Fiction from Bauer, Dial, Mendoza, and Stachniak, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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An intense, compelling novel from British author Bauer; fans of Clare Mackintosh and Tana French should add Corry to their must-read lists; Mendoza is a logical recommendation for admirers of the similarly themed novels of Don Winslow; Peelle parlays her short story skills into an endearing debut novel; dance fans will welcome this graceful and entrancing foray into the recent past

E-Originals from Arthur, Lynn, and Stewart | Xpress Reviews

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Required for libraries owning Arthur—libraries looking to pick up complete sets should get them all; Lynn handles the emotions behind MMA fighting with compassion; for readers who want a happy ever after, Stewart delivers

Graphic Novels from Chaykin, Hart & Mastroianni, and Jacobson & Colón | Xpress Reviews

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The relentless adult language and gritty themes in Chaykin’s work make this for mature readers; an endearing, nostalgic, and sentimental journey for adult readers; for patrons interested in CIA operations, covert government scandals, and the legality of prisoner treatment from Americans

Nonfiction on Reversing Aging and Quantum Gravity | Xpress Reviews

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We can stave off many age-related maladies for a while this way—and that is on its own a worthy endeavor; Rovelli’s work is not an easy read, but it is worth the effort