Indie Book Reviews (page 10)

Blowback '07 by Brian Meehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A vibrant time-travel tale that offers inventive storytelling along with sports, romance, and secrets."
A YA adventure finds a high school football star stuck in the past thanks to a mysterious musical instrument. Read full book review >
Halo by R.C. Stephens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"From first kiss to major plot twist, this romance novel offers two solid love stories for the price of one."
A teenage love affair, a wounded soldier, and the joys of motherhood make for a sweet romance about new beginnings. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"For business readers, this insider's tale informs and entertains."
A retired CEO weaves memoir, management philosophy, and career advice in this well-crafted debut. Read full book review >
The Sea Is Quiet Tonight by Michael H. Ward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A well-handled look at the AIDS crisis from the perspective of a man who lived through it."
A gay man recounts his tumultuous relationship with his partner during the 1980s AIDS epidemic in New York City and Boston. Read full book review >
Focus on Vietnam by Steven Burchik
author-photographer Steven Burchik
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Mostly peaceful snapshots of a war in progress in the 1960s."
A Vietnam veteran shares his store of images. Read full book review >

Strivers and Other Stories by Robert J. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The feathery touch of these graceful short tales conceals melancholic undertones of helplessness and American class and race divisions."
A debut collection offers 15 short stories that mostly reflect small incidents and bittersweet enlightenments in black life. Read full book review >
THE OXFORD PHOTOGRAPH by Tony Thistlewood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A dense, absorbing tale featuring dogged characters that give the plot momentum."
British intelligence agents must figure out if a potential nuclear threat in London is motivated by politics, religion, or something more personal in Thistlewood's (Bastards & Baronets, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
A Song of Bullets by Lizzy Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"A sluggish IRA tale with a touch of romance that should impress readers with its political acumen."
A young woman becomes torn between two men as she grapples with a tragedy in this political and religious thriller set in Northern Ireland during the 1970s "Troubles." Read full book review >
CLASH OF THE GENERATIONS by Valerie M. Grubb
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"A well-organized, nimbly written, and insightful book that should be a key resource for corporate leaders."
A useful playbook for managing an intergenerational workforce. Read full book review >
FINDING MOANA by James Halemanu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Hawaiian and Sumerian cultural inspirations elevate this Chosen One tale."
In this middle-grade fantasy debut, an orphan living on ancient Kauai learns about his complex heritage—and that he possesses extraordinary powers. Read full book review >
DEFACTO FEMINISM by Judy Juanita
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"The author refers to herself as 'an observational ironist,' and her incisive comments on black life's contradictions make this essay collection a winner."
This extraordinary set of autobiographical essays gives insight into a black woman's life in the arts: everything from joining the Black Panthers to avoiding African-American chick lit. Read full book review >
YES, SIR! NO, SIR! NO EXCUSE, SIR! by Robert George
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"An often affecting, if formulaic, story that's unpretentiously told."
A recounting of a man's spiritual journey from anger to inner peace. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >