Nonfiction on Sub-Saharan Africa and Traveling Around Brooklyn | Xpress Reviews

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A rose-tinted look at sub-Saharan Africa’s future; the authors of this travel guide should have spent a little less time trying to seem edgy and a little more on unsexy details like subway navigation and Brooklyn restaurant prices

Fiction: Attenberg, Carner, Dahl, Frank, Hall, Hamilton, Hilderbrand, Snelling, & More | Xpress Reviews

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An enjoyable historical, an excellent debut mystery, check in to the Hotel Moscow, a twisty sophomore plot, friendship & second chances, “wolf” down Hall’s latest, vampire hunting, an absorbing first novel, God in Christian life

E-Originals from Bennett, Boyle, Bright, Kennedy, and Moon | Xpress Reviews

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Hard-hitting hockey action, a delightful tale of mistaken identities, engaging characters in a series launch, this title for 50 Shades fans will grab readers’ hearts, a realistic romance between an older woman and a younger man

Graphic Novels: Chambers & Culbard, Conner, MacLean, Miller & Janson, and Reed | Xpress Reviews

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An adaptation of Chambers’s work, stick around for Harley Quinn, MacLean’s work is refreshing and unique, Batman enthusiasts will love his story in black and white, Ms. Marvel will keep die-hard fans happy

Nonfiction on Feeling Great Through Optimism, Enthusiasm, and Contentment | Xpress Reviews

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This tiny instructional is akin to the Holy Grail of happiness and reminiscent of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series

Fiction from George, Spillane & Collins, and Wright, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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An urban noir debut is saddled with a convoluted story line, Logan seamlessly blends Scottish myth and fairy tales with dystopian fantasy in her hauntingly beautiful debut, no surprises in the latest from Spillane and Collins

E-Originals from Berry & Co., Grothaus, Hassell, & Platt | Xpress Reviews

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A charming quartet about a wedding-gone-wrong, the usual will they/won’t they is entertaining in Grothaus’s latest, vibrant characters from Hassell, Platt’s next “Farthingale” story is engaging from beginning to end

Graphic Novels from Johns & Frank & others and Wiebe & Sejic | Xpress Reviews

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Frank’s clear and unobtrusive art complements the dynamic, straightforward Earth One universe plot; patrons who love Buffy the Vampire Slayer will surely enjoy the raucous and powerful Rat Queens

Nonfiction on Criminal Justice in Texas and Story Time Programming | Xpress Reviews

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An indictment of the bizarre way that criminal cases are handled in this country; the background story time practitioners need to tackle programs from start to finish

Fiction from Billingham, Ellison, Hubbard Award Winners, and a Thrillery Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Tom Thorne gets into more twisty plots, the fourth Samantha Owens novel is breathtaking, speculative fiction fans will welcome the new Hubbard winners, a debut offers a riveting glimpse into the world of Silicon Valley start-ups