Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

WAIT...WAIT FOR THE THUNDER by Buck Jones
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 >
REMEMBERING NYGEL by David Jacob
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
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 >