Xpress Reviews

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E-Originals from Bale, Doyle, and Winters | Xpress Reviews

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Bale’s characters are appealing, but the ending feels rushed; Called Up will make readers want to visit Inspiration, IA, and get to know the whole town; WInters’s second series title is even hotter than the first and highly recommended for fans of light erotica

Audiobooks from Barr, Black, Blount, Fair, and Steel | Xpress Reviews

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Fans of the Anna Pigeon will enjoy; a new forensic series from Black; Blount is bit too blunt and curmudgeonly; an uncomfortable but necessary memoir about the Iraq War; Steel’s latest is recommended for the hazy days of summer

Graphic Novels from Barry and Keatinge et al. | Xpress Reviews

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Barry’s latest is bound to engage a wide general audience, but YA readers in particular will be delighted; Keatinge’s title is an intriguing and fresh work that will enthrall lovers of sports comics and noir

Fiction from Doughty, Grose, and Jagears | Xpress Reviews

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Doughty takes a page from John le Carré, crafting a riveting, psychological, morally ambiguous tale; Grose’s latest is for yoga practitioners with a sense of humor and all who self-examine; evenhanded evangelical dialog will have readers wondering on which side of the moral issues they would land

Graphic Novels by Thompson and Debuter Varela | Xpress Reviews

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This True Amazon will please fans of both the superhero and writer/illustrator Thompson; Varela’s sf fable is an enchanting storytelling with an edge

Nonfiction on Owls and Helping Kids To Unplug | Xpress Reviews

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Calvez’s volume on owls is an optional purchase, perhaps of most interest to naturalists in the Pacific Northwest; providing parents with an instant solution for the proverbial “I’m bored”

Fiction from Fossum, McFadden, Mofina, Moore, O’Connell, and Debuter Stambach | Xpress Reviews

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A new Sejer novel from Fossum; a window into the often very difficult lives of African Americans; Mofina’s latest Kate Page story is a perfect book to take to the beach; expect heavy demand for The Last Days of Night; O’Connell’s latest mystery is satisfyingly complex; Stambach successfully conjures the tone of a Russian novel

E-Originals from Arthur, Bielman, and Edwards | Xpress Reviews

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Fr those seeking erotic romance with diverse characters and a guaranteed happy ending; contemporary romance readers will enjoy Bielman’s cute tale of best friends; the backdrop of Ireland in the Tudor era works well with the paranormal elements in Edwards’s series

Graphic Novels from Lemrie, Lenox, & Bellaire and McClanahan & Cavolo | Xpress Reviews

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An appealing option for older teens and adults owing to graphic language and violence; a blend of music, biography, art, and mental illness that belongs in collections with Ellen Forney’s Marbles and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Nonfiction on Study Skills, Healthy Baking, JFK & Masculinity | Xpress Reviews

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An unsuccessful attempt to organize study skills; Hertzberg revises his advice on bread-making; those looking for period studies related to American culture during the 1950s and 1960s should find Watts’s title intriguing