Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

Riviera Maya by Robert Leslie Fisher
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"An ambitious novel that falls short of its lofty goals.
Smarting from the wound of her husband's desertion, a young professional architect nevertheless tries to win him back in Fisher's (Vanilla Republic, 2009, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
Dawn of Modern Man by N.J. Plastino
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An imaginative, though sometimes-overdetailed, sci-fi adventure with its share of futuristic enticements."
From debut author Plastino, a sci-fi novel about life in a virtual world known as the Cloud. Read full book review >

EATING BULL by Carrie Rubin
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"A solid thriller that manages to infuse one boy's coming-of-age with a whole lot of murder."
An obese teenage boy agrees to be the face of a lawsuit against the fast-food industry, not realizing that doing so has marked him as a target for a serial killer. Read full book review >
Peacemaking by Lance LoRusso
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"A navel-gazing but forthright and entertaining spiritual novel."
A veteran cop questions Jesus Christ about the darkness and human suffering he's seen during his 30 years on the job in LoRusso's (The World Class Rainmaker, 2012, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
The Man His Father Was by Pat Leonard
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"An uneven historical novel light on story, heavy on history."
This historical novel follows four generations of men through the events that shaped early America. Read full book review >

The Cat's Got My Tongue by Doctor Harmony
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"A somewhat weaker series entry, but one that may still be useful for school libraries."
A girl suffers from a lack of self-confidence in this second installment of Harmony's (Kanga, My Dragon of Anger, 2015, etc.) series of rhyming books about children's common problems.Read full book review >
Jo, My Sad Hippo by Doctor Harmony
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"A roughly rhymed picture book about sadness that may help some young children develop empathy."
Sal and Al return to discuss sadness in Harmony's third book about coping with emotions. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fun, successful collection of concepts, thoughts, and strategies about maintaining joy and living creatively."
Debut author and educational administrator Popish offers innovative springboards, exercises, and tools for a more inspired life. Read full book review >
Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside by Quincy Carroll
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A short, insightful reflection on the expatriate experience."
Carroll's debut novel, a character study of two Americans teaching English in rural China, gracefully contrasts idealism and cynicism. Read full book review >
Dog Medicine by Julie Barton
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves."
In this moving debut autobiography, a chronically depressed short story writer tells how her relationship with her dog saved her life. Read full book review >
In Absence of Fear by Celeste Chaney
Released: Nov. 5, 2015

"A compelling novel to tease readers' paranoia."
Chaney imagines a society under total surveillance in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"Readers may guess the ending, but the sheriff's diligent investigation is worthy of cheers."
In Mucci's thriller, a sheriff in a Philadelphia suburb surmises that a string of missing people is actually the work of a serial killer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >