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Fiction from Cander and O’Hagan, a “New” Vidal, and Stibbe’s Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Despite some glitches, Cander’s novel demonstrates her outstanding prose; the psychological acuity and beautiful writing that typify O’Hagan’s work; fans of Stibbe’s memoir will want her debut; will anyone be interested in Vidal’s early mystery?

Graphic Novel from Darrow & Stewart Is a Zombie Mess | Xpress Reviews

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Darrow’s artistry and the high-production values work against the book, creating expectations it can’t fulfill. Neither details nor gore can keep this “buffet” from monotony

E-Originals from Baxter and Gary, plus a “Dangerous” Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Baxter’s shop owner defends her family in time of war, a bad girl and a bad boy face off, two wounded souls try to find peace and love in a small town

Audiobooks from Cohen, Higashino, and Sandford | Xpress Reviews

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For the memoir and Jewish identity collections of all libraries, Higashino is Highly recommended for mystery lovers, the adrenaline is almost tangible in Sandford’s latest

Graphic Novels from Harbin, the Pinis, and Schubert | Xpress Reviews

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Self-absorbed but benign, earnest, and humorous work from Harbin, there will be call for this latest from Wendy and Richard Pini, and Schubert’s combination of irony with nostalgia will suffice for some

Nonfiction on the Beatles, African Sculpture, Making Lists, Liberal Education | Xpress Reviews

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A fun photo book for Beatles fans, an introduction to African art objects, giving the disorganized a method for managing their lives, a bit too much Yale in alum Zakaria’s look at liberal education

Fiction by Ashbless, Black, Gruen, Rayven, and Thorne, plus Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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An eclectic mix of erotica, Aimée Leduc always delights, an entertaining tale from Gruen, Knoll’s debut truly delivers, for lovers of all things Viennese, a tumultuous new adult romance, and an excellent, well-crafted historical from Thorne

E-Originals from Lorret, Meeker, and Stone | Xpress Reviews

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A steamy Regency romance begins a promising trilogy, the horrors of war provide a stark backdrop to a tale of essential human emotion, this romance brings a satisfying close to a quartet of hometown tales

Nonfiction on John Stuart Mill, Religious Relics, Gardening, Anne Frank | Xpress Reviews

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On Mill and foreign policy, for readers interested in Christian antiquities, snap up this book for their green-thumb patrons, a riveting, multidimensional portrait of Anne Frank

Graphic Novels: Ellis & Co., Hague, Kirkman & Azaceta, Smith & others, Wood & Cloonan | Xpress Reviews

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Two excellent stories in a single volume; another grim and civilization-menacing serial; a silly and fun homage to the timeless heroes that fans have enjoyed throughout the decades; a near masterpiece, with grit and compassion to spare

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