Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

Beneath A Shooting Star by Susan Harrison Rashid
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An absorbing tale of Muslim women taking their destinies into their own hands."
Two Pakistani women have their friendship challenged by sectarian division, violence, and sexism in this debut novel. Read full book review >
The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"So many twists it's practically gyrating, but an undeniably spry and rousing espionage tale."
A disgraced journalist tackles a story his newlywed wife had been covertly researching, involving Russians, spies, and murder at an Alaskan ski resort in this thriller. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A delightful, edifying tale written with intelligence and emotional sensitivity."
A brief history of the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
Blood of the Prophet by Kat Ross
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"The personal touches—the relationships between characters—make this fantasy stand out and give a shade more meaning to monumental events than is usually found in the genre."
Ross (The Midnight Sea, 2016, etc.) continues the epic tale of a young woman determined to find justice amid the chaos of an empire beset by undead dangers and corruption. Read full book review >
Jenna's Truth by Nadia L. King
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A deeply affecting, valuable story and educational tool."
A debut YA novella about cyberbullying by journalist and short-story writer King. Read full book review >

The President's Butler by Laurence Leamer
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A fictional dramatization of America's current presidential race, skillfully rendered."
A butler recounts his service to an egomaniacal businessman who runs for president. Read full book review >
Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil by Anne Zoet
written and illustrated by Anne Zoet
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"While the uneven cadence may pose a challenge for parents reading aloud to a young audience, this animal escapade should elicit plenty of giggles from confident independent readers in lower elementary school."
A lost cat, a sloth, and a cellphone combine to create a rhyming adventure in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"A convincing case for rejecting the prevailing policies of 'assimilation, control, intrusion and coercion' regarding aboriginal people."
A Canadian explores the many misconceptions about her country's indigenous citizens. Read full book review >
Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A valuable, absorbing contribution to the history of women, golden-age Hollywood, and America's magazine culture of the 1930s and '40s."
A biography of Jane Hall, a writer for magazines and movies, traces the complicated, warring pressures of talent and the feminine mystique. Read full book review >
The Intersection by Brad Windhauser
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A sensitive, if sometimes-uneven, portrayal of the complexities and contradictions of race, class, and sexual orientation in a changing urban landscape."
The diverse residents of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood find themselves at a polarizing crossroads when a white driver collides with a young black bicyclist. Read full book review >
Beyond Monongah by Judith Hoover
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A clever, engaging, and heart-rending tale about a 1907 catastrophe in Appalachia."
A debut historical novel charts the buildup to and aftermath of the worst mining disaster in American history. Read full book review >
Nanjing Never Cries by Hong Zheng
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A well-researched and capably written depiction of the Rape of Nanjing and its effects on victims and survivors."
American and Chinese academics face the horrors of invasion in the early days of World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >