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Nonfiction: Canada’s Native Peoples, Futurism, Louis XVI, “Star Wars,” Little Gibraltar | Xpress Reviews

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An eye-opening series on Canada’s Native peoples; futurism; a solid birth-to-death biography of Louis XVI; for fans of “Star Wars,” George Lucas, and sf movies; bitcoin potential; Little Gibraltar and the stories of individual participants

E-Originals from Carter, McGoldrick, and Sands | Xpress Reviews

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A satisfying series conclusion from Carter, a witty and winsome Scottish treat from McGoldrick, small-town misconceptions and hot romance from Sands

Graphic Novels from Gordon, Musturi, and Wilson & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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A lovely commiserative effort from Gordon that keeps it simple and succinct for fellow parents; a triumphant project for enthusiasts of art comics as well as a loosely sketched story about our fragile mortal coil; an eye-popping, vibrant adventure

Fiction from Charles, Gortner, Kazan, McGarrity, Sands, & Volmer, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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A compelling redemption story, a fictionalized biography of Marlene Dietrich, art-themed historical fiction, the plainly told day-to-day doldrums of ranch life, small-town romance, a clever debut, a compelling portrait of a small Midwestern town

E-Original Romances from Carter, Cornwall, and Wells | Xpress Reviews

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Readers who enjoyed Carter’s Vengeful Love will not be disappointed in this sequel; readers will fall in love with Fia’s courage and Dair’s honor in this historical from Cornwall; Wells is skilled at creating empathetic characters who go through personal growth and triumph in the end

Graphic Novels from Barbucci & Canepa and Giménez | Xpress Reviews

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Former Disney employees Barbucci and Canepa have created something beautiful and unique in <>Sky-Doll<>; Giménez’s memories of the ease of a society in turning to cruelty against its least members is a cautionary tale for us all

Nonfiction from Nic Dhiarmada on the Irish Rebellion | Xpress Reviews

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Nic Dhiarmada’s excellent companion volume [to a PBS documentary] that will also be enjoyed by readers interested in modern Irish history.

Fiction from Bear, Beverly-Whittemore, Buchman, Farrow, Tanner, Wilde, & Winter | Xpress Reviews

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Stories from sf genius Bear; a story for Hollywood fans from Beverly-Whittemore; firefighting helicopter-style from Buchman; “Prentiss has created a remarkable debut”; fascinating political fiction from Tanner; baseball romance from Wilde; “a sort of robotic Wuthering Heights

E-Originals from Albert, Ballance, and Barnard | Xpress Reviews

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Gay gaming and romance blend again for Albert, Ballance’s fans will find three-dimensional characters and sassy dialog in her latest series offering, Barnard has another winner with her next “Blue” title

Audiobooks from Connelly, DuBrul, Koontz, Kubica, Santamaria, Scalzi, & Wright | Xpress Reviews

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Talkin’ audio, with Harry Bosch, DuBrul’s palpable adventure, a taut thriller from Koontz, Kubica’s three-dimensional story, the woman in C.S. Lewis’s life, a team approach on Scalzi, and more disguises for Kathleen Stone