Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

EarthCentre: by M.Stow12
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An aesthetically pleasing but largely unintelligible poetic work."
M.Stow12 (Universe Verses 1: Stellation, 2015) presents the first volume of a long poem.Read full book review >
Beneath A Shooting Star by Susan Harrison Rashid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An absorbing tale of Muslim women taking their destinies into their own hands."
Two Pakistani women have their friendship challenged by sectarian division, violence, and sexism in this debut novel. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A delightful, edifying tale written with intelligence and emotional sensitivity."
A brief history of the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"So many twists it's practically gyrating, but an undeniably spry and rousing espionage tale."
A disgraced journalist tackles a story his newlywed wife had been covertly researching, involving Russians, spies, and murder at an Alaskan ski resort in this thriller. Read full book review >
Blood of the Prophet by Kat Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"The personal touches—the relationships between characters—make this fantasy stand out and give a shade more meaning to monumental events than is usually found in the genre."
Ross (The Midnight Sea, 2016, etc.) continues the epic tale of a young woman determined to find justice amid the chaos of an empire beset by undead dangers and corruption. Read full book review >

The President's Butler by Laurence Leamer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A fictional dramatization of America's current presidential race, skillfully rendered."
A butler recounts his service to an egomaniacal businessman who runs for president. Read full book review >
Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil by Anne Zoet
written and illustrated by Anne Zoet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"While the uneven cadence may pose a challenge for parents reading aloud to a young audience, this animal escapade should elicit plenty of giggles from confident independent readers in lower elementary school."
A lost cat, a sloth, and a cellphone combine to create a rhyming adventure in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"A convincing case for rejecting the prevailing policies of 'assimilation, control, intrusion and coercion' regarding aboriginal people."
A Canadian explores the many misconceptions about her country's indigenous citizens. Read full book review >
Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A valuable, absorbing contribution to the history of women, golden-age Hollywood, and America's magazine culture of the 1930s and '40s."
A biography of Jane Hall, a writer for magazines and movies, traces the complicated, warring pressures of talent and the feminine mystique. Read full book review >
Nanjing Never Cries by Hong Zheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A well-researched and capably written depiction of the Rape of Nanjing and its effects on victims and survivors."
American and Chinese academics face the horrors of invasion in the early days of World War II. Read full book review >
A Nude of Some Importance by Mark R. Giesser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"The author weaves the narrative thread between serious and funny ably and offers a compelling 19th-century mystery plot as well."
A sequel delivers a flight through American history and a detective story full of jokes and red herrings. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A useful, accessible primer for readers hoping to keep themselves looking their best."
A comprehensive self-help guide that gives readers the lowdown on the full spectrum of options for maintaining a youthful appearance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >