Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS by Meg Kassel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A pleasingly original contribution to the paranormal-romance genre."
A teenage girl discovers what happens when the new boy next door is literally a harbinger of doom in this supernatural YA novel. Read full book review >
I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Andrea Jarrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant."
An essayist pens an ode to womanhood in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

JOURNEY by Claudine Carmel
written and illustrated by Claudine Carmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An appealing, encouraging picture book."
In this illustrated children's tale, two friends go on a ballooning adventure. Read full book review >
FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS by Rea Keech
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An amusing, if drawn-out, satire of suburban life."
A modern-day twist on Flaubert's Madame Bovary sets the story in small-town America.Read full book review >
SPIRITUAL AUDACITY by Jim Sherblom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An often engaging, if sometimes overly complex, remembrance."
A debut spiritual memoir by a prominent businessman and Unitarian Universalist minister. Read full book review >

HALLOWEEN WITH SNOWMAN PAUL by Yossi Lapid
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"Entertaining, well-structured, and beautifully illustrated—a winner."
A snowman and his pals celebrate Halloween in this illustrated children's book. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY BUT YOU by Thia Sexton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A collection that's spirited and endearing in its best moments, but other pieces are unsatisfyingly aimless."
These short, memoiristic essays from debut author Sexton touch on her life in Los Angeles as a young actress and musician. Read full book review >
OSAWATOMIE by Randy Michael Signor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A powerful historical novel that offers a remarkable meditation on the persistence of racial hatred."
Three intersecting stories spanning a century revolve around racial tension in a small Kansas town. Read full book review >
STARSWEPT by Mary Fan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"The beginning of an elegant, spirited rebellion saga."
Fan (The Adventures of the Silicon Beeches, 2017, etc.) begins a new YA sci-fi series in which an alien civilization patronizes performing arts prodigies on Earth.Read full book review >
MIKEY AND ME by Teresa Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2017

"An honest, intense look at a family's experience with severe disability."
A matter-of-fact, revealing debut memoir by the sister of a severely disabled woman. Read full book review >
UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRÁN by Jonathan LaPoma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2017

"A bit off-kilter as a coming-of-age story, but it succeeds as an account of an American abroad trying to escape—and see beyond—the tourist traps."
A recent graduate ditches Buffalo, New York, for a monthslong stay in a Mexican college town in this novel. Read full book review >
WINGS UNSEEN by Rebecca Gomez Farrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This inventive epic about two kingdoms soars above its faults."
War, treachery, and star-crossed lovers abound in this high fantasy novel. 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 >