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Fiction from Beattie, Cameron, Connolly, de Bernières, Grafton, Kennedy, Reichs, and Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A wry collection from Beattie, a funny and bittersweet debut, Cameron’s latest canine-themed novel, an existential debut, a fresh take from Grafton, a rich debut, a joy for Dr. Who fans, suspense from Reichs, a rockin’ debut

Graphic Novels by DeMatteis & Johnson, Kleist, Stephenson, Willingham | Xpress Reviews

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DeMatteis & Johnson’s complex observations about life, Kleist’s masterly mix of pathos and politics, Stephenson brings an edge to the scene, Willingham’s fine, classic, and smart conclusion to his series

Nonfiction: Dog Care, von Furstenberg, Tom Brady, HBO, Hitler at Home, S-4 Disaster | Xpress Reviews

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Dogsitting as a pleasure and business, fashion fans will appreciate the life of DVF, a fan’s obsession with Tom Brady, and insider’s look at HBO, a serial for designers, the effects of propaganda on international public opinion, a tale of heroism

E-Originals from Aicher, Drewry, Kennedy, Krulewitch, & Silver, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Well-developed characters from Aicher; Drewry’s slow build leads to a lightning strike; debuter Goodman enters foodie fiction with a “bam”; Kennedy’s latest is fast-paced, hot, and intense; Krulewitch’s series outing offers a nice twisty plot

Graphic Novels from Brandon & Klein and Glanzman | Xpress Reviews

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Drifter‘s deep worldbuilding sf mixed with elements of pulp Westerns and esoteric philosophical musings hits the sweet spot; Glanzman presents the sailor’s-eye view of war

Fiction from Bittner, Brackston, Stewart, and Debuter Ware | Xpress Reviews

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Love in the Old West from Bittner; readers will suspend disbelief in Brackston’s mystical tale; an unhurried pace, an element of mystery, and plenty of symbolism from Stewart; debut novelist Ware builds suspense with verve and energy

E-Originals from Barrett, Clark, Lain, London as McAdams, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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A compelling and fresh story from Barrett; convincing characters, hot love scenes, and emotional depth in Chianese’s debut; first responders in love; a blue-collar and interracial romance; finding love without one’s BFFs

Graphic Novels from Debuter LaBoucane-Benson and Sandoval | Xpress Reviews

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An accessible, inspiring work, recommended for collections serving young or ex-offenders; Doomboy’s take on teen angst and heartache is affecting, appealing, and strongly recommended

Nonfiction: the 2014 Israeli-Palestinian War, Wall Street “Deviance,” Cy Endfield | Xpress Reviews

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Blumenthal is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the modern Middle East or the Arab-Israeli conflict; LeFevre fleshes out the excesses of the banking industry; the truth behind what happened to a blacklisted director

Fiction from Ball, Brown, Kelly, Kundera, Lynch, Makkai, Markovits, Roosevelt, Tucker + Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Ball’s cure for suicide, a domestic noir, Kelly might disappoint, Kundera offers an intellectual workout, Lynch’s novel is lovely if not light, Makkai’s starred title is strange and profound, Roosevelt knows the Beltway, Tucker has a flare for lingo