Indie Book Reviews (page 592)

Released: April 22, 2012

"A quietly powerful story, at times harrowing but ultimately a joy to read."
In this novel, life turns toward a dark horizon for a precocious adolescent grieving for her father in 1941 Tennessee. Read full book review >
My Dead Friend Sarah: A Novel by Peter Rosch
Released: April 21, 2012

"While depicting the realizations of a recovering alcoholic, Rosch skillfully renders a unique story of a missing woman."
A woman's mysterious disappearance, which was foreseen by a recovering alcoholic, makes for a gripping story. Read full book review >

Released: April 21, 2012

"A broad, promising Western in need of wrangling."
Jones' debut Western novel follows two Montana cowboys through the highs and lows of ranching life. Read full book review >
ANGEL OF THE FLESH by Vickie Walber
Released: April 21, 2012

"Smooth, fluid writing and emotional complexity help detail a painful life in the underworld, with only brief hopeful assurances."
In her debut memoir, Walber, founding pastor of the Ministry of the Living Stones, details her prior descent into the seedy world of stripping, prostitution and drugs. Read full book review >
Released: April 21, 2012

"A slim book that unconvincingly purports to be wisdom."
A short book of modern proverbs and spiritual advice written in the form of verse. Read full book review >

SUNLIT HEARTS by Meenu Mehrotra
Released: April 21, 2012

"A mature novel about love and marriage in modern India's middle class."
In Mehrotra's novel, a passionate affair with an old love transforms a writer's marriage and life. Read full book review >
Released: April 21, 2012

"A well-written, insightful account of abandoning self-identity to ultimately reclaim it."
Jacob's debut novel follows a young Jewish man in search of himself in the early 1970s. Read full book review >
SEE JOHN PLAY by Dave DiGrazie
Released: April 20, 2012

"Readers will appreciate the author's meticulous, steady progression of plot and characters."
DiGrazie's (Von Lagerhaus, 2011) latest mystery introduces golfer John Kaminski, whose journey to the brink of fame and fortune would be considerably easier if he wasn't also trying to juggle two women and a gambling addiction. Read full book review >
THE LAST ARAKAD by Guillaume Wolf
Released: April 20, 2012

"A notable new series for teens and adventure lovers."
Follow the adventures of two teens as they are inducted into a magical society and fight against a dark force. Read full book review >
THE BULL by Matthew Weber
Released: April 20, 2012

"An upbeat, breezy read that, minus some dialogue, could just as easily be a treatise on the virtues of limited government."
In this briskly paced political drama set in Alabama, one man plays David to the corrupt local government's Goliath. Read full book review >
Maidin Iron by Ana Padilla
Released: April 20, 2012

"A confident, witty tale of triumph and sacrifice."
A bold, inspiring debut memoir by the first female ironworker in the state of New Mexico. Read full book review >
INSPIRED by Shawn N. Graham
Released: April 20, 2012

"Religious verse that offers few surprises to seasoned readers of poetry."
Graham, in her debut, delivers a well-meaning collection of first-person narrative religious verse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >