Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

THE TELLING IMAGE by Lois Farfel Stark
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A visually vibrant but conceptually blurry coffee-table book."
The physical contours of technology, architecture, and settlement intertwine with humanity's understanding of society and the universe, according to this debut photo essay. Read full book review >
BY A CHARM & A CURSE by Jaime  Questell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A dark idea for a YA story, executed deftly and with feeling."
In Questell's debut YA novel, a teenage girl has her first kiss and becomes trapped by a traveling carnival's magical spell. Read full book review >

BENEATH THE LION'S WINGS by Marie Ohanesian  Nardin
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Good escape reading in this tale of love and tough decisions in Venice."
In Nardin's romance, a young woman's life radically changes when she decides to leave America for Venice and a handsome gondolier. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 2018

"A remarkably inventive but less than rigorous cosmological exploration."
An attempt to combine ancient spiritual wisdom and modern physics into a coherent view of the universe. Read full book review >
CROOK'S HILL by Peter Fritze
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 2018

"A gripping story of suspense, laced with heavy emotion and family drama."
In Fritze's (False Guilt, 2015, etc.) thriller, suspicious deaths, other illegal business, and family secrets cause havoc in the lives of two brothers. Read full book review >

THE TRAVELER by Tom  Kubiak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A complex political thriller for adventurous readers—and well worth the effort."
Following the reunification of Germany, the KGB recruits an operative to retrieve stolen bearer bonds crucial to Russia's Canadian presence in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE TRUE BLUE REVOLUTION by Jerry  Willbur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A creative but overwrought work of cultural commentary."
A political satire that imagines an organization of highly organized psychopaths commandeering American politics. Read full book review >
WHERE IS ROBIN? LOS ANGELES by Robin  Barone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Geography students interested in learning about new locations—or wanting to celebrate places near home—should enjoy this clever look at LA."
A robin gets an insider's view of Los Angeles in this travelogue and fifth installment of a picture book series. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING MR. MORALITY by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Another excellent Appel collection of intelligent, humanistic, and witty stories that bite."
These short stories and a novella explore, with Appel's (Millard Salter's Last Day, 2017, etc.) trademark dark humor, contemporary life and its ethical dilemmas. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 31, 2018

"An illuminating examination of an often neglected but vital concept."
This detailed psychological analysis of self-acceptance explains what it is, why readers need it, and how to get it. Read full book review >
ROMANOV by Samaire  Provost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2018

"An alluring otherworldly tale with well-established characters and series potential."
A Seattle college student learns that the girl he's quickly falling for is a 100-year-old vampire in this romantic horror novel. Read full book review >
SAM'S THEORY by Sarah  Mendivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2018

"A tale that sincerely and effectively advocates human connection and empathy in dealing with trauma."
A teenage abuse victim finds healing and purpose in this debut YA 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 >