Indie Book Reviews (page 592)

THE LAST COMMISSION by Eytan Halaban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A clever, humane and deeply satisfying novel."
In Halaban's (The Perfect Wish, 2013) latest novel, an emotionally traumatized, middle-aged man gets the chance to confront his past and transform its meaning.Read full book review >
SPANISH FLUENCY by Susan Elizabeth Nus
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Most useful to readers familiar with Spanish and looking to expand their vocabularies, but it's not suitable as a primary tool for learning the language."
An idiosyncratic approach to teaching Spanish vocabulary. Read full book review >

NAPOLEON IN AMERICA by Shannon Selin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"A thorough, sweeping novel with seamless transitions from the real to the imagined."
Evocative and immersive, Selin's debut historical fiction twists Napoleon's fate. Read full book review >
Behind Locked Doors by C. A. Wittchen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"Though the heroine is very nearly surpassed by the story's preternatural elements, her anomaly, even among the creatures, will have readers hooked."
Wittchen's debut fantasy, the first in a planned series, follows a teenage girl with the ability to see fairies as she finds her birth father as well as her origin in a world of demons and supernatural beings. Read full book review >
TOPEKA, ma 'shuge by Raymond Hutson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"An impressive debut that, though it drags a bit in the middle, establishes a constant and ingeniously engrossing sense of discomfort."
A teenage girl and her Iranian lover, 17 years her senior, embark on a disturbing journey into the American Midwest. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"Though not a replacement for one-on-one financial guidance, this slim and accessible volume is filled with good advice for professionals looking to get their finances back on track.
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Being smart with medicine doesn't make you smart with money. There's help in this guide for successful physicians who haven't planned for their financial futures as wisely as they could have. Read full book review >
Into Light and Shadow by Dave Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"Successful as a parable; less so as a novel."
In Gordon's debut novel, a near-death experience sparks an eclectic search for spiritual fulfillment. Read full book review >
Warrior, Lover, King by Acacia Oak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"A slow-paced tale, but hopefully its sequel will pack in a little more action."
A king struggles to rule with authority in Oak's (Anna's Awakening, 2011, etc.) historical novel. Read full book review >
AND THEN I MET MARGARET by Rob White
Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"A warm, highly galvanizing, and proactive memoir about the power of spiritual satisfaction and self-integrity."
A self-made successful businessman shares how he unlocked the true key to inner peace and happiness in this debut book. Read full book review >
Now You See It . . .  by Teresa Roblin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"A fun, relatively unpredictable addition to a well-populated genre."
A frothy romantic comedy with a magical twist. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"A thoroughly researched, elegantly written historical tale."
Evans (Deadly Reunion, 2011, etc.) creatively imagines the private life of Mary Rose Tudor in this richly textured historical novel. Read full book review >
Finally! Performance Assessment That Works by Roger Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"This much-needed overhaul of the performance assessment process finds that less is more when it comes to motivating employees."
Inspired by the get-it-done attitude in the culture of sales, human resources consultant Ferguson proposes a new way to gauge employee performance. 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 >