Indie Book Reviews

Hidden Star by Corinne Joy Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"An intriguing, heartwarming tale of family and faith."
In the midst of a family crisis, a young mother must come to grips with her past when she discovers her surprising heritage. Read full book review >
Mentors and Monsters by Mary Alderete
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A chilling book about an office's trapped soul that doubles as a black-comedy horror story and a genuine cautionary tale."
In this debut novel, a demonic presence haunts—and manipulates—the employees of a California accounting firm. Read full book review >

A Spirit of Charity by Mike King
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 31, 2016

"A searing and sobering indictment of the public health care system that highlights the inequality of treatment."
In the spirit of investigative journalism, this assessment of public hospitals paints a grim picture of health care for the poor in America. Read full book review >
Judo: Seven Steps to Black Belt by Rodolfo Tello
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A lean, direct introductory text for readers interested in judo culture and practice."
Tello (Social Safeguards, 2015, etc.) describes the basic concepts and techniques of judo in this introductory work of nonfiction.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 2016

"Illuminating, if quirky at times; insightful, eye-opening observations about the interplay of teachers and students in the classroom."
A refresher course in Transactional Analysis emphasizes its application to the classroom. Read full book review >

Ava's Grateful Bears by Douglas P. Bratt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A kids' book that adults, and especially fans of the Grateful Dead, will be able to valuably share with the youngsters in their lives."
A box of Grateful Dead bear dollsbrings a grandfather and granddaughter closer in this retelling of a true family story by debut author Bratt and debut artist High. Read full book review >
Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight by Ilene B. Benator
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A laudable mystery that starts tangled and slowly unravels—with not one but two twists at the end."
A man wrongly convicted of murder feigns a mental disorder, giving him time in a psychiatric facility to concoct a scheme for clearing his name, in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
The Unspeakable by Peter Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2014

"An impressive tale, written in a sure-handed style, that vividly exposes the heavy personal and cultural costs of racism."
A debut novel details a betrayal in apartheid South Africa. Read full book review >
Bella Bella by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An impressive sequel about an aquatic journey that stands on its own while building on the first trip."
London (Foggy Goes to the Library, 2015, etc.) resumes the middle-grade adventures of his boating enthusiasts, this time along the Pacific Northwest coast.Read full book review >
The Adventures of Maesee Peek by Janet Hébert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2016

"An absolute delight, featuring a quirky, resourceful doll heroine."
In Hébert's illustrated debut children's book, a cloth doll with a special gold monocle, watch, and bustle gets lost and goes on adventures. Read full book review >

"An excellent supplement to any bar-examination study regimen."
In his first book, author Donnelly provides a general tutorial for the aspiring lawyer studying for the bar exam. Read full book review >
I Am Awesome! by Mary Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A well-crafted resource for youngsters and anyone else interested in personal self-improvement."
A fun debut workbook to help tweens and teens develop self-esteem, created by former health and physical education instructor Richards. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >