Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A successful story of a young woman's journey through grief."
In this YA coming-of-age novel, a teenage girl who's lost her best friend must learn how to open her heart again. Read full book review >
The Sixth Man by Ron Lealos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A fresh, enjoyable crime novel that mixes its characters' base, murderous motivations with a twist of intrigue and history."
The specter of the Communist regime and the ghost of the Vietnam War loom large over this murder mystery set in present-day Vietnam. Read full book review >

Rosyland by Doug Ingold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A skillfully written novel with plenty of intrigue, plot twists, and romance."
The need for revenge runs deep in Ingold's (Square, 2014, etc.) latest mystery/thriller.Read full book review >
750 Laws in Sociology by Mark Bird
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 2016

"An engaging but overreaching sociological treatise."
An eclectic mix of sociological facts, opinions, and other fodder for the curious. Read full book review >
Gravity Breaker by Jonathan R. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2016

"An engaging superhero story with deep themes."
When a biracial single father discovers he can control gravity, he must decide how far he'll go to protect his family in this novel. Read full book review >

Red Rover, Perdition Games by L.E. Fraser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2016

"An absorbing tale that will delight mystery lovers and those who like a good dose of suspense."
Private eye Sam McNamara is back for a third adventure in Fraser's (Skully: Perdition Games, 2015, etc.) new thriller, investigating a crime that hits close to home and forces her to suspect her own friends. Read full book review >
The Magic Table by Americo W. Petrocelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 2016

"For anyone beyond the 'Magic Table,' this book holds accumulated wisdom, shared with humor and purpose."
Poems and stories from an agile, curious mind less concerned with formal writing conventions than with self-expression and emotional connection. Read full book review >
The Road to Walden North by Sheila Post
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2016

"A subtle novel that's a glowing testament to the enduring power of ideas."
Debut author Post crafts a whimsical tale about an academic's unexpected walk upon a road less traveled. Read full book review >
Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2016

"Amateur gumshoes bolstered by a tropical setting and the added pressure of trying to sustain a business."
In this debut thriller, a Canadian man purchases a Costa Rican beachside bar, but cops are more interested in him as a suspect in the previous owner's murder. Read full book review >
Released: June 21, 2016

"A successful survey of common therapy topics with remedies that may provide relief, growth, and lasting change."
A debut self-help guide that resists long explanations and jumps directly to solutions for handling relationship problems, anxiety, decision-making, and self-doubt. Read full book review >
All The Evil Of This World by Jared Dillian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A visceral financial tale that lacks the bite of The Wolf of Wall Street. "
A motley crew of Wall Street traders anticipates one of corporate America's biggest spinoffs in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Song of the Blackbird by D.B. Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-crafted mash-up of romance and prison life."
In this first installment of a planned, prison-set series, a new doctor takes a job where her half brother is incarcerated, but she hides their relationship from the attractive warden. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >