Audiobooks from Craig, Finder, Goodman, Hawkins, and Sincero | Xpress Reviews

Only for true fans of this type of humor; finder’s latest is “highly optional”; unwieldy narrative threads ultimately demand more work than they offer enlightenment; no plot or production missteps will deter Hawkins’s vast audience from demanding access; this motivational book will be popular with Sincero fans

Graphic Novels by Lust, Coste, GG, and Nybrandt & Mikkelsen | Xpress Reviews

A strong optional purchase for fans of the source material, Lust, or historical wartime fiction; a wonderful exploration of a tragic artist; it takes some reflection but a gem for readers willing to engage with it; Tibet’s struggle for independence and the people who continue to endure

Nonfiction with Lore Creator Mahnke About Monstrous Creatures | Xpress Reviews

Appropriate for both leisurely and scholarly readers, this not only satisfies the curious thrill seekers but offers specific cases that can be examined

Fiction by Alexander, McGhee, and Silverberg, with a Trio of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Alexander excels at conveying the flavor of Tsarist Russia; Levy provides plenty of detail for the history lover; for fans of realistic fiction about difficult family relationships; unputdownable once you get into it; an enthralling, surreal debut; an excellent choice for sf fans

E-Originals from Lynn, Marek, Sosa, West, and Debuter Wynters | Xpress Reviews

Readers will find this feel-good romance entertaining; a rousing historical romance that examines issues of class and privilege; contemporary romance fans will fall for the multidimensional characters; West lovingly crafts the small-town setting; for fans of military romances that include heroic canine companions

Graphic Novel from Sophie Goldstein That Is Adult-Only | Xpress Reviews

Much to reflect on in this sexually visceral tour de force, filled with intense black-and-white imagery and exploring what it means to “civilize” people without first weighing the consequences

Nonfiction on Spices, Silk Weavers, Tomatoes, and Narcissism | Xpress Reviews

A beautifully illustrated herb dictionary; not recommended unless there is a high interest in Lao culture; Hoenig traces the history of the tomato; time-honored, therapeutic advice in a new package

Fiction from Baker, Carr, Cornick, Gaines, George, Kurbjuweit, Lliteras, Mankell, St. Aubyn | Xpress Reviews

For readers who appreciate regional mysteries; a complex family story with realistically flawed characters; historical fiction with mystery and royal intrigue; a perfect introduction to Gaines’s work; a this well-crafted mystery; an edgy psychological thriller; this slim novel will leave a lasting impression; A powerful celebration of life wrapped in a Swedish crime novel; St. Aubyn does Lear

E-Originals from Alward, Flade, Livesay, Marcelo, and Debuter Laine | Xpress Reviews

Romance readers who love holiday stories will be thrilled with this latest addition; is a strong choice for anyone interested in an emotional love story; a fun and heartening read despite a few hiccups; recommended where contemporary titles circulate well; the feelings and struggles are all heartfelt and true to life

Fiction from Basham, Ellory, Gore, Grisham, Killoren, Manus, Raphael, Stasi, & Thomas | Xpress Reviews

A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family; an excellent stand-alone noir novel; a compelling portrayal of a young woman’s struggles; Grisham’s 32nd novel; for readers of popular chick lit and those who enjoy foodie literature; Land has written an intense, insightful first novel; for fans of Boston noir; Raphael spins a satisfying detective story; Stasi’s thriller is fascinating and clever; for readers who Victorian crime fiction