Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

Flipping by Eichin Chang-Lim
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"A straightforward but captivating tale of familial challenges in California."
Two interconnected families, one Taiwanese and one American, struggle to navigate life's unexpected turns. Read full book review >
Cocoon of Cancer by Abbe Rolnick
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"A positive, perceptive primer for cancer patients and caregivers."
A novelist and her husband share insights regarding his cancer journey in this inspirational memoir. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A well-styled, illuminating startup guide."
The founder of shares her insights on building and sustaining a successful business in this debut entrepreneurship book. Read full book review >
The Coalition by Samuel Marquis
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"An entertaining thriller about a ruthless political assassination."
An FBI agent and an intrepid reporter uncover a vast right-wing conspiracy to gain control of the U.S. government. Read full book review >
Riverside by Brett Burlison
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A steamy tale and beguiling thriller, with plenty of local color and some provocative twists."
A young landscaper gets caught up in the drug trade in this debut novel. Read full book review >

Cult of Ku by Bill Fernandez
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"An edifying novel that explores cultural conflicts in Hawaii between the world wars that is hampered by an overly ambitious, frequently turbid plot."
Fernandez (Kapa'a, 2015, etc.) incorporates Hawaiian history, folklore, and labor struggles into a 1920-set mystery packed with violence and murder.Read full book review >
The Moondust Sonatas by Alan Osi
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A story that's as messy and colorful as a drug trip."
In this debut novel, the first of a series, told from a variety of shifting viewpoints, a new drug allows people to experience the lives of others. Read full book review >
Many Heads and Many Hands by Mau VanDuren
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Though informative, this book is in need of tighter structure and a more focused narrative to deliver on its intriguing premise."
From debut author VanDuren, an examination of how the evolution of Dutch law and government influenced the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. Read full book review >
Invasion of the Spirit Snatchers by Johnny Townsend
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A funny, charming tale about a group of Mormons facing the end of the world."
Townsend (Gayrabian Nights, 2014, etc.) uses the apocalypse as a window into the secret lives of Mormons in this satirical novel.Read full book review >
The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee by Talya Boerner
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A stirring novel with a distinctive young narrator."
Boerner follows the trials of a girl's childhood in 1970s Arkansas in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Haunting Investigation by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Released: Dec. 31, 2015

"Engaging characters, one already dead, highlight this loving tribute to the classic detective story."
In Yarbro's (Sustenance: A Saint-Germain Novel, 2014, etc.) mystery/thriller, a journalist in 1924 investigates a possible murder with help from the ghost who's haunting her.
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Released: Dec. 30, 2015

"An engaging, though unpolished tale of an ice age migration."
An epic novel examines a possible prehistoric immigration to the Americas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >