Xpress Reviews

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

Nonfiction: Right Speech, Paul’s Theology, Harpers Ferry, Aboriginal Artists, & Ringo | Xpress Reviews

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Buddha’s teachings, Paul’s theology, a Harpers Ferry participant, Los Lobos, contemporary Aboriginal painters, genealogy for librarians, an unauthorized biography of Ringo Starr, a user’s guide to understanding Weber’s take on goddess Brigid

Graphic Novels from Birmant & Oubrerie and Seaton & Palas | Xpress Reviews

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Welcome to the bohemian hothouse of fin de siècle Paris and urban superheroics with an occult fantasy vibe

E-Originals from Clark, McGinnis, and Wylie, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Romantic suspense at every turn; delayed gratification and the consequent lack of hanky-panky; Jess and Cole’s romance is sweet, gentle, and worth the read; a debut novel full of Southern charm; light sexual content and a feel-good message

Graphic Novels from Gage, Gage, & Lewis and Seth | Xpress Reviews

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A historical graphic novel might be a useful springboard for instructors in an academic setting; Seth’s latest trip to Palookaville touches on the day-to-day experiences of growing up

Nonfiction: An Exhibition Catalog on Pop Art | Xpress Reviews

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Insight into pop art history and its enduring influence, both in Australia and elsewhere

Fiction from Grant, Hewson, and Pratchett & Baxter | Xpress Reviews

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Grant scorches with sensational sex and authentic Scottish dialog despite a labyrinthine plot, Hewson’s crime novel disappoints, a marriage-minded debut doesn’t add up to much, Pratchett’s final Earth title will be cherished

E-Originals from Alexander & Co., Arend, Barth, Chance, and Cross | Xpress Reviews

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A fantastic historical anthology for Juneteenth; Arend’s latest features enjoyable characters and emotional issues; Barth’s romance has plenty of angst and sizzle; a high dose of relationship conflict from Chance; a sexy romp from Cross

Graphic Novels from de Radiguès, Rich & Levens, and Cameron & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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Similar to a roller coaster, slowly climbing to a peak and then racing to a wild, unexpected finish; a delicious and refreshingly unironic romantic revival; the latest Batgirl is sure to please superhero fans of all ages

Nonfiction on Sub-Saharan Africa and Traveling Around Brooklyn | Xpress Reviews

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A rose-tinted look at sub-Saharan Africa’s future; the authors of this travel guide should have spent a little less time trying to seem edgy and a little more on unsexy details like subway navigation and Brooklyn restaurant prices

Fiction: Attenberg, Carner, Dahl, Frank, Hall, Hamilton, Hilderbrand, Snelling, & More | Xpress Reviews

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An enjoyable historical, an excellent debut mystery, check in to the Hotel Moscow, a twisty sophomore plot, friendship & second chances, “wolf” down Hall’s latest, vampire hunting, an absorbing first novel, God in Christian life