Indie Book Reviews (page 592)

ALBATROSS: BIRDS OF FLIGHT by J.M. Erickson
Released: July 12, 2012

"Some rough plotting, but the solid action is driven by dense characters."
Erickson's debut novel explores personal development through love, explosions and terrorist plots. Read full book review >
RESTRICTED WATERS by Kara Lynn Conyer
Released: July 11, 2012

"A seaworthy supernatural voyage."
Government conspiracy drives the danger in this absorbing near-future apocalyptic tale of underwater intrigue. Read full book review >

The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery by Madeleine Carroll
Released: July 11, 2012

"A Western adventure with just enough danger to appeal to kids."
Dead cattle abound in Carroll's debut middle-grade novel about a young boy's struggles to adapt to ranch life. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2012

"A useful grief guide with groundbreaking ideas, expert advice and a compassionate tone."
Combs offers a practical guidebook for coping with setbacks and loss. Read full book review >
DAYCLEAN by e.r. dinsmoor
Released: July 11, 2012

"Despite a few hiccups, an attention-grabbing mystery with a quirky cast of characters in a steamy Southern setting."
Money and power lie at the root of this murder mystery as a tangled web of characters seeks to protect a young Gullah child. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 10, 2012

"A solid foundation to help educators teach young people about appropriate behavior both on- and offline."
A curriculum guide for teachers—and parents—who want to explore issues of cyberbullying with teens and preteens. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2012

"A novel prescription for America's medical establishment."
Hansen's debut looks at America's health care system, describing its problems and offering solutions. Read full book review >
Indian Affairs by Parris Afton Bonds
ROMANCE
Released: July 10, 2012

"Appealing for fans of Bonds' established romantic style, this time with a message of diversity against an old-time, desert backdrop."
A married socialite finds passion in the arms of a Native American shaman in this historical love story from a veteran romance writer. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2012

"The author's hard-won wisdom is well suited for anyone who ends up spending time in a waiting room, on an examination table or undergoing medical procedures."
First-time author Cyr draws from her years of experience as a patient with several chronic ailments in this useful collection of suggestions and advice for other patients. Read full book review >
ACTING OBSESSED by Peter Silverman
Released: July 10, 2012

"Explores obsession and its sometimes dire consequences."
Obsessions in all of their dangerous forms are at work in Silverman's novel. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2012

"Well-developed, moving book about the importance of caring for people and animals."
Five pit bull puppies seek new friends and new homes in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Read full book review >
URANIUM SEEKERS by Craig Evan Royce
Released: July 9, 2012

"A blend of oral history, natural history and travelogue that brings an oft-forgotten corner of the West to life."
Royce (Country Miles Are Longer than City Miles, 2006) looks at the glory days of uranium mining in the American West. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >