Nonfiction: Gold Rush Artist Bruff, Mountain Man Colter, Vegetable Gardening, the War of 1812 | Xpress Reviews

This book may intrigue the armchair historian with an interest in the Gold Rush; an overview of the life of John Colter (1774–1813); an essential tool for any garden library; for general readers interested in an overview of the War of 1812

E-Originals: Foodie Fun from Goodman and Debuter Marcelo, plus First-Timer York | Xpress Reviews

Foodie fiction, NFL action, and steamy romance in a spicy dish that will satisfy Goodman’s readers; lovers of food trucks and San Francisco will especially get a kick out of this fun contemporary romance; readers looking for an almost innocent romance might enjoy this title

Graphic Novels from DuBay & Co., Graham & Churchland, and Moore | Xpress Reviews

Worth a look for old-school fans of Doctor Who, Buckaroo Banzai, or British comics; an admirable yet unsatisfying opus; readers interested in a different perspective on social justice and the history of U.S. protests will also be intrigued

Nonfiction: Chaplin’s Diary, an Afghan Odyssey, the Roeblings and Their Bridge | Xpress Reviews

The title might work better as a film and screenplay, which could have been Chaplin’s original intention; hand to readers especially looking for an intimate glimpse at Afghanistan’s history and culture; a riveting biography of an early modern engineer whose work still stands

Fiction from Chang, Everett, Higgins, and Starred Debuter Rio | Xpress Reviews

Chang’s eighth novel is recommended for all readers of intelligent crime fiction; Everett taps into the gossipy small-community culture; imagery of the lonely Ananke roaming the solar system will stick with readers; in this strong and assured first novel, Rio crafts an intricate story about friendship, love, and betrayal

E-Originals: An Anthology from Adrienne, Fox, and Mikels, plus Carlyle | Xpress Reviews

Copious detailed lovemaking as well as action and suspense makes this a winning anthology; the story shines in the dialog between our protagonists but less so in the logistical sections

Graphic Novels by Martinson and Wilson & Shimojima on Japan, plus Moore | Xpress Reviews

Fans will appreciate how the epilog mirrors the prolog, ending the trilogy perfectly; light manga artwork coupled with a succinct, well-researched narrative will entice readers; for anyone looking for an introduction to the Buddha and his teachings

Nonfiction: Frank Little & Labor, Forces of Nature, Gershom Scholem, Native American Women | Xpress Reviews

Appealing for those interested in the history of the American West and labor history; a must-read for anyone delving into the history of science; for specialized readers drawn to Jewish mysticism and Jewish messianism; for readers interested in the history of western Washington

Fiction from Kilpack and Debuter Mehta | Xpress Reviews

Kilpack’s characters solidly acknowledge the power of faith and redemption yet are able to follow their own moral compass—another gentle winner; Mehta’s time-hopping narrative ultimately proves distracting and disappointing both

E-Originals from Flynn, Russell, and Uhl | Xpress Reviews

This fetching debut from Flynn (pseudonym for actress/author Meg Tilly) sets up a satisfying romance in a cozy, small-town setting; readers who enjoy love-hate relationships may take to Beholden; a sweet and cozy romance with genuine feelings and experiences to be worked through and overcome