Indie Book Reviews (page 1346)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2005

"There's a clear and intelligent gadfly at work here, offering much food for thought through his outrage."
An astute—and sadly revealing—collection of articles from the past 15 years covering a wide number of topics related to the state of cancer research in the United States. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A worthy tribute to those heroes of the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness."
A smorgasbord of real-life adventures, with an often-bittersweet repast of human tragedy. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2000

"Classically trained British actors of Knapp's pedigree are a vanishing breed, and he illuminates the rigors and the satisfactions of their professional lives."
Tasteful memoir from a repertory actor with the National Theatre Company in Great Britain who shared the stage with such luminaries as Sir Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Alec Guinness and Peter O'Toole. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Full of interesting factoids—but the blatant advertising for Kushner's products is pervasive to the point the book becomes soporific."
A wake-up call about caffeine from a committed and self-interested author. Read full book review >

"A slowly unfolding plot allows time for the characters and milieu to establish themselves. Solid stuff, and publication-worthy."
A richly textured, character-driven story that revolves around the modest, yet captivating title character. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 29, 2005

"Haphazardly organized but grounded in good intentions, and offering occasionally valuable down-to-earth insights that could improve daily living."
An airline pilot turned author embarks on heavy introspection, interviews friends, acquaintances and strangers, then discusses the life lessons learned. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Memories as elemental as stones, for sure—of food, love, places, children, childhood, longing."
A floodtide of microstories that aim to catch—as turning points, emotive instances or sheer imagery—moments in Grigsby's life. Read full book review >
BLOOD OF THE LAMB by Michael Lister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A realistically portrayed prison setting and a cast of characters depicted with complexity and nuance (Lister was himself a prison chaplain for seven years) together form a quietly effective character-study/whodunit."
Second in a prison-crime series of realistic drama and surprising character depth. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2005

"Packed with more factoids than a game of Trivial Pursuit, and enormously addictive."
A highly satisfying orgy of last facts, compiled by librarian Brahms. Read full book review >

"Small in scope, but will attract readers interested particularly in dogs, moving, and Manhattan. (3-5)"
Nicely varied pictures support a story that will appeal specifically to dog-lovers, children who have just moved houses (or are just about to), and readers familiar with New York City and Central Park. Read full book review >
NO PALTRY THING by Larry L. Meyer
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Despite Meyer's unusual perspective, this journal contains memorable passages of joy and sorrow for parents and children of all ages."
A 70-something reflects on becoming the father of his sixth child at age 59. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Sadly, the people who would most benefit from this important message will probably be the least likely to pick it up."
A unique perspective on behavior and a purveyor of self-help help that delivers a needed wake-up call to those who expect their hopes and dreams to magically come true. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >