Indie Book Reviews (page 592)

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Katelyn Sinclair
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Amusing, well-crafted rhyme and meter make this a bouncy, fun take on a familiar story."
The famous fairy tale gets a fresh outing in verse in this illustrated children's book for young readers. Read full book review >
TAHOE GHOST BOAT by Todd Borg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Fans of the classic detective novel will enjoy spending time with McKenna as his old-school techniques butt up against some newfangled technology."
A Tahoe-based private detective gets more than he bargained for when he is hired to locate a missing 15-year-old girl. Read full book review >

Me: A Rewrite by Anna Jorgensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A zany and refreshing, if slightly overwhelming, take on soul-searching, writing, and midlife crises."
In this debut memoir, a woman turns her quest for something new into a comedic adventure. Read full book review >
Building A Timeless House in an Instant Age by Brent Hull
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A pleasing, educational look at traditional home construction."
Hull (Traditional American Rooms, 2003) celebrates the lost art of thoughtful home construction.Read full book review >
THE DEVIL TAKES HALF by Leta Serafim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"This immersive escapist mystery should put Serafim on the map."
In this auspicious series opener, the chief of police investigates a grisly discovery at a remote archaeological site on the Greek island of Chios. Read full book review >

Isabella's Libretto by Kimberly Cross Teter
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"To paraphrase her heroine, Teter's novel rarely just hits the notes—it sings."
A talented, orphaned cellist wrestles with aspiration, abandonment, and family in Teter's YA debut. Read full book review >
SHALLCROSS by Charles Porter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Surreal, poetic and unforgettable: a truly original voice."
In this one-of-a-kind novel, a South Florida man living with hallucinations falls in love and meets danger along the way. Read full book review >
The Cycle of Blame by Yitao Jeffery Ding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A predictable tale of immigration that offers easy answers to complex questions about national identity and racial hatred."
Ding explores the roots of anti-immigrant racism in his debut novel. Read full book review >
I Am Awesome! by Mary Richards
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A well-crafted resource for youngsters and anyone else interested in personal self-improvement."
A fun debut workbook to help tweens and teens develop self-esteem, created by former health and physical education instructor Richards. Read full book review >
Heavenly Khan by Victor Cunrui Xiong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"An engrossing fictionalized history that examines an ingenious and powerful Chinese ruler."
Xiong (The A to Z of Medieval China, 2010, etc.) tells the story of Chinese Emperor Taizong of Tang in this historical novel.Read full book review >
BIRCHES by Edward  Beardsley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Pleasantly balances a rich family story with historical facts."
In this novel, a family of French Acadians travels the Atlantic coast of Colonial-era America seeking its missing patriarch and a new home in Louisiana, forming lifelong bonds with two Native American guides. Read full book review >
NORCAL 2025 by Bill Garwin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 31, 2014

"An often diverting sci-fi tale for fans of traditional superheroes, with just the right amount of real-world drama."
In Garwin's debut thriller, an ordinary group of civilians find themselves acting as superheroes in a serious battle against governmental corruption. 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 >