Fiction from Bauer, Gazan, Knipfel, Michaels, Roper, & Smith | Xpress Reviews

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An original novel from Bauer, Gazan’s novel breathes fresh life into the packed Scandinavian mystery genre, Knipfel’s charming novel evokes the dark humor of Fargo, end-of-life issues may draw readers to Smith’s title

Nonfiction on Cuba, Garden Design, The Iliad, Armin Hansen, and More | Xpress Reviews

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Hayden on welcoming Cuba, Hodgson on garden design, Green’s new Homer translation, Knapp “finds” his dog in photography, Shields resurrects Hansen, Wallbridge emphasizes spirituality, personal growth, and self-awareness

E-Originals from Ashworth, Baxter, Johns, and Rivers & Knox | Xpress Reviews

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Ashworth’s latest is lean on character development, Baxter’s World War II tale provides terrific perspective, Johns’s series title provides an intense description of Waterloo, and Rivers & Knox created interesting story about finding yourself

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