Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

THE CONVERTIBLE LIFE by Sean Meyrick Hanley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"A cautionary tale about the heights and depths of fame and family."
Hanley's debut novel tells a tale of twin brothers in a drug-and-sex-fueled psychological whirlwind. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PJ ELF CHASE by Judy Voigt
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"A magical, wholesome Christmas read."
In this picture book, two boys plan to catch Santa's elves on Christmas Eve when they deliver new sets of pajamas. Read full book review >

TEACHER ON THE HIGH WIRE by Marjorie Radcliffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"A humorous, gossipy account of an unusual lifestyle."
In this memoir, a woman looks back at five years of traveling and teaching kids in the circus. Read full book review >
THE BLACK PHOENIX by Allan Kemp
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"An exquisitely detailed, fantastic realm of wizards, witches, vampires and werecreatures that's begging for a series."
Kemp's debut fantasy-thriller takes place in a world ruled by supernatural beings threatened by a looming horde of lost souls in the heart of Atlanta. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A DEAD GUY by Ty Hager
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"An imaginative ensemble comedy for readers with twisted senses of humor."
Poltergeists and country music converge in Hager's surreal debut novel. Read full book review >

THE CENTURION SCROLLS by Alex Ireton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A well-plotted but heavy-handed novel, hampered by inelegant prose."
In this debut thriller, the discovery of a Roman centurion's contemporaneous account of Jesus Christ's miracles lends support to biblical teachings. Read full book review >
SOULLESS by Toni Hofman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"An often engaging thriller with strong leads and a blisteringly paced plot."
A detective's relationship with a man with supernatural abilities puts them both at risk in Hofman's debut paranormal thriller. Read full book review >
Dear Babalu: Letters to an Advice Columnist by Peter J. Manos
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A witty, enjoyable distraction."
Manos' (Lucifer's Revenge, 2012) silly, irreverent book covers a lot of weird ground, including implants in teenagers' heads, gurus and magic berries. Read full book review >
WIDER THAN A MILE by Mimi Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A notable window onto the unique mindset of an athlete set on pushing her body to the limit."
In a bid to raise environmental awareness, Hughes recalls swimming the length of the Danube River in her inspirational, if occasionally repetitive, debut. Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE'S PHOBIAS by Flaminia Ocampo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"Magnificently malignant horror shot through with lyrical beauty and profound terror."
Death in all its creeping incarnations is the greatest phobia in Ocampo's (Siete Vidas, 1989) 11 strangely poetic vignettes involving homicidal spouses, malevolent doctors, hellbent rodents and other everyday terrors. Read full book review >
EXIST NO MORE by Detavio Samuels
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"Bighearted and energizing advice for being your best self, but it's all a bit vague."
In this readable, slightly spiritual volume, Samuels inspires readers to find and follow their true passions instead of simply functioning on autopilot. Read full book review >
SHERIFF GUS by John D DeSain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A promisingly complex detective story too often sidelined by editorializing."
In DeSain's (Prometheus Ignored, 2012) latest novel, a corrupt sheriff facing re-election tracks a serial killer in a rural California county where mysterious forces hold sway. 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 >