Indie Book Reviews

Broken Angels by Russell Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"An auspicious mystery debut."
In this bleak Alaskan noir, an embittered, street-hardened woman is determined to find her estranged mother's killer. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"An odd but alluring retelling of the works of an obscure author."
Schwartz (Some Women I Have Known, 2015, etc.) reintroduces a forgotten Dutch literary giant in this work of literary criticism. Read full book review >

O.K. is Great by David Tiefenthaler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 22, 2015

"This well-observed, funny book for middle schoolers scores high marks for the true-to-life observations, trials, and successes of its lively 12-year-old protagonist."
A spirited 12-year-old thinks he'll never be anything but average until he recognizes his own gifts in this witty and wise novel for middle schoolers from a first-time author/illustrator. Read full book review >
At the Center by Dorothy Van Soest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A provocative, thoughtful, and entertaining story about crucial social issues and believable, realistic situations."
Retired professor and social worker Van Soest once again tackles tough social justice issues through fiction in her second novel (Just Mercy, 2014).Read full book review >
SPACE CREATURES by Barbara Weisberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"An intriguing picture book with an abstract theme and illustrations that invite young readers to reimagine themselves as citizens of the planet."
A boy describes his identity as an Earthling in this clever, enchantingly illustrated picture book by veteran author Weisberg (Talking to the Dead, 2005, etc.) and artist Arnold. Read full book review >

The Good Daughter by Connie L. Shoemaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2015

"An honest, painful yet humorous account of seeking unconditional love."
In this intimate memoir, the only child of aging parents describes her struggles to balance caregiving, marriage, and career, and to reconcile daughterly devotion with childhood wounds. Read full book review >
The Rainbow Dancer by Allan Hirsch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 12, 2013

"Darkness enchants these well-wrought tales."
In this debut children's book, a young girl hears wonderful tales and goes on a quest through a magic land to break a dragon's spell, discovering treasure on the way. Read full book review >
Lenin Lives Next Door by Jennifer Eremeeva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"Comical, thoroughly entertaining, and insightful."
In Eremeeva's collection of humorous fictional vignettes, an American woman looks back on 20 years living in Russia after marrying her "HRH," or Handsome (and sometimes Horrible)Russian Husband.Read full book review >
Flutes and Tomatoes by Wade Stevenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2015

"A paean to the tomato and a song of natural devotion."
An exploration of love's loss and life's recovery from Stevenson (The Color Symphonies, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 22, 2015

"A helpful, hands-on approach for preserving personal sanity and professionalism when dealing with irrational co-workers."
A practical guide to recognizing, adjusting for, and dealing with difficult people in the workplace. Read full book review >
The Ideal in the West by David A. Beardsley
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: May 30, 2012

"A commendable attempt to beat back the darkness and inspire revelation."
A brief philosophical history of the Western understanding of the "Ideal" and the "Good," from the ancient Greeks to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Read full book review >
To All Airline Passengers by Carlos Enrique Diaz
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Reassuring primer that confidently takes flight."
A commercial airline pilot addresses layperson questions/concerns about flying in this debut informational guide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >