Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

VISITATIONS by Lee Upton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2017

"Poignant, exquisite, and endlessly witty."
Upton's (The Tao of Humiliation, 2014, etc.) latest collection comprises stories inhabited by characters entangled in either classic literature or their own convoluted tales. Read full book review >
BRIDGE OF THE GODS by Diane Rios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An engaging adventure that shows the strength that can be discovered amid tragedy."
This middle-grade debut finds an audacious child—with a knack for bonding with animals—thrown into peril by her scheming uncle. Read full book review >

GREEN by Tom Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A sharp and intriguing tale about a gay draftee in the '60s."
A novel tells the story of a gay Army recruit in the Vietnam era. Read full book review >
FINDING MY BADASS SELF by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A delightfully breezy read about experimentation, often humorous and companionable."
In this debut memoir, a woman devises a plan to yank herself out of a midlife malaise. Read full book review >
COUNTING WOLVES by Michael F. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2017

"A deeply affecting, hard-to-put-down work that depicts a girl's dark odyssey through obsession toward healing insight."
In this latest novel by a prolific author of YA fiction, a teenager's life spirals out of control as she desperately attempts to evade the savage manifestation of her fear. Read full book review >

JACK OF HEARTS by Christopher Greyson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2017

"A mystery with a sharp protagonist whose appeal is matched by that of the characters surrounding him."
Former cop Jack Stratton takes a case in his parents' gated community in this installment of Greyson's (And Then She Was Gone, 2016, etc.) mystery series. Read full book review >
THE CLAN CALLING by Wendy Terrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"A fresh installment with a realistic protagonist whom teens will want to follow into the realms of the paranormal."
In Terrien's (The Rampart Guards, 2016) YA fantasy sequel, a teenager comes face to face with shape-shifters and unwanted responsibilities.Read full book review >
MATER GLADIATRIX by Richard Marin
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"Engaging and articulate; an enjoyable ride alongside a woman with a lust for adventure."
Investment Banker Marin (Global Pension Crisis: Unfunded Liabilities and How We Can Fill the Gap, 2013) pens a tribute to his mother, an unconventional, fiery force of nature.Read full book review >
THE LEAGUE OF GOVERNORS by Wendy Terrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"A strong continuation of a teen fantasy series that doesn't shy away from life's darker side."
In the second book of her YA paranormal fantasy series, Terrien (The Rampart Guards, 2016) pits her 14-year-old hero against the insidious forces of authoritarianism.Read full book review >
LUCK FAVORS THE PREPARED by Nathaniel Barber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 9, 2017

"Former band geeks may recognize themselves in some of Barber's high school memories, but more universal moments are rare."
Dry humor and rotten luck abound in this collection of short personal essays. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE ELEMENTS by Vrinda Sheth
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A satisfying installment of a YA adaptation of an ancient Indian epic."
Sheth (Shadows of the Sun Dynasty, 2016, etc.) focuses on the exploits of Rama in this second volume of the Sita's Fire Trilogy.Read full book review >
VENETIAN BLOOD by Christine Evelyn Volker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A riveting whodunit that makes full use of its dramatic setting."
In Volker's debut mystery, an American financial expert unravels a web of mystery, corruption, and danger hidden in one of the world's most beautiful cities. 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 >