Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

A BETTER PLACE by Pati Navalta  Poblete
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An eloquent message of comfort directed toward fellow travelers."
An author shares her struggle to find a meaningful mission after her son is killed in their California hometown. Read full book review >
REALITY GOLD by Tiffany  Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"This lambent, indelible cast outshines any gold they might find."
A teen's participation on a reality show is an opportunity to search for an island treasure, a legendary fortune others are also hunting, in Brooks' debut YA thriller. Read full book review >

RELICS OF THE DIVINE by Stephen R.  Watts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"An absorbing coming-of-age quest tale with few female leaders."
In this debut fantasy adventure novel, a young man, an acolyte in a mystic tradition, embarks on a diplomatic mission that tests his calling. Read full book review >
THE BIOGRAPHIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE by Nicole Dieker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"A shrewdly unique portrait of everyday America."
This second installment of a two-volume novel charts the everyday lives of the members of a Missouri-based family and its acquaintances. Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2018

"A must-read for policymakers, but one that's not too wonkish for lay readers."
A foreign policy scholar analyzes two decades of American policymaking to better understand the country's uneasy posture toward globalized innovation, research, and development. Read full book review >

HUSH, MY INNER SLEUTH by M.E.  Meegs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2018

"Possibilities abound in this meta-noir page-turner."
College grad Willie Tigue, "looking forward to an adventure," gets one in spades when she is seemingly possessed by a freshly deceased private eye in 1940s Hollywood. Read full book review >
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE by William Cobb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2018

"A meandering, comically flat sendup of higher education."
Cobb's farcical novel explores the sexually dysfunctional dynamics of a college campus. Read full book review >
MISS JANE by Kat  Meads
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2018

"A sharp and tightly crafted tale of campus exploitation."
A young college student begins an affair with her history professor in this novel. Read full book review >
CHANTING THE FEMININE DOWN by James C.  McCullagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2018

"An intelligent but fictionally unspectacular drama."
A female Christian-theology student struggles in a male-dominated religious landscape in McCullagh's (USS Bunker Kills, 2014, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
THE ROUND OF YOUR LIFE by Andre  Huu
Released: May 16, 2018

"An inspirational and illuminating exploration of a golf metaphor."
A physical therapist compares his life to a round of golf to determine his score in this debut motivational memoir. Read full book review >
RAY VS THE MEANING OF LIFE by Michael F. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"A tale spins its answer to an age-old question into an inclusive, hilarious, and thought-provoking yarn."
A teenager will inherit an RV park if he figures out the meaning of life in this YA novel. Read full book review >
LAST TRIP HOME by Wanda Maureen  Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"An emotionally astute account of the oppressive confines of an unhappy family life."
In this novelistic memoir, a woman chronicles her anguish under her father's tyranny and her escape through education. 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 >