Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

OPTIMAL DISTANCE by Joan Carol Lieberman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 2017

"A memorable, rewarding family saga of familial love and unbridled determination."
Lieberman's (Optimal Distance: A Divided Life, Part One, 2017) autobiography continues with this second installment, which resumes her story just after her schizophrenic mother's passing. Read full book review >
DENNIS AND GREER by Molly Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 27, 2017

"An often beautiful, if repetitive, chronicle of youthful romance."
A debut collection of poetically charged love letters, exchanged by the editor's mother and her first husband in the mid-1960s. Read full book review >

TYRANNY OF SECRETS by John Statton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Short but impressive actioner featuring dynamic characters and a memorable open ending."
In this debut techno-thriller, a white-hat hacker realizes she's working for a cybersecurity company that's a front for an illicit operation to collect everyone's digital information and control elections. Read full book review >
THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"It's hard to say enough good things about this hard-science future thriller with humor and heart—an excellent debut."
In this sci-fi thriller, a man fights for his wife and his lives after he's duplicated in a transporter malfunction. Read full book review >
MADDIE & SAYARA by Sanjyot P.  Dunung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2017

"A mostly engaging story of sticking up for one's own beliefs, aimed at young readers interested in questions of social justice."
A spunky 13-year-old girl challenges the sexist laws of another country in this middle-grade novel of girl power and social justice. Read full book review >

KIYRON by Derek Stirling Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2017

"A sci-fi saga that asks a lot of its readers, but the payoff is a highly nuanced sci-fi experience."
Debut author Kerr offers an epic sci-fi novel that chronicles the history of a distant planet over some six millennia. Read full book review >
THE FEEL OF ECHOES by Mari Labbee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2017

"A spooky, suspenseful supernatural thriller."
A New York City transplant moves into a coastal Maine home with a dark past in this debut mystery. Read full book review >
THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Harry Potter-like threads spun into a fresh, enjoyable mix of magic and mystery."
A teenage orphan enters a curious school and encounters mysteries and dangerous secrets in this first installment of a debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
DIABETES by John M. Poothullil
NON-FICTION
Released: July 21, 2017

"A provocative and illuminating hypothesis boldly challenging long-held beliefs on diabetes and its varying methods of control."
A veteran physician offers an eight-week approach to reversing Type 2 diabetes through a radical restructuring of dietary and lifestyle practices. Read full book review >
ALEMETH by J.W. Carvin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2017

"A philosophically challenging look at the inner turmoil of the American South in the 19th century."
A bildungsroman follows a troubled boy's upbringing in a politically charged antebellum South. Read full book review >
THE NEON PALM OF MADAME MELANÇON by Will Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2017

"A bizarrely soulful ride through New Orleans with corporate high jinks and some mystical, unseen forces adding to the experience."
An oil company lawyer moves home to New Orleans and finds that his fortuneteller mother has disappeared in Clarke's (The Worthy, 2006, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
THE GIFT OF GOODBYE by Rebecca Whitehead Munn
Released: July 18, 2017

"A remembrance that effectively captures the profound love between a mother and daughter."
Munn's debut memoir tells of her own journey of self-discovery after learning of a parent's terminal illness. 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 >