Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

Released: Oct. 10, 2011

"For anyone interested in health care and its intersection with public policy and politics—and especially for those who like their reading in uniform, premeasured doses—this book fills the prescription."
In this collection of essays, a former assistant surgeon general examines virtually every major issue in contemporary health care and U.S. public health policy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 7, 2011

"An admirable effort to shine a spotlight in places light rarely reaches."
A carter in England's North West exposes what he belives are blatantly phony recycling claims by a competitor and suggests that the solid waste sector of the United Kingdom's fledgling green economy may be an empty shell. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 7, 2011

"The warts-and-all memoirs of a soldier who excelled at the difficult job of being both a warrior and a healer."
Retired combat medic recounts his 20-year career, from the burning oilfields of the Gulf War to the treacherous outposts of Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 7, 2011

"An intense work of history that sharply outlines a period of violent injustice in America's history."
Taylor combines the story of his own family's history with the infamous trials of the Scottsboro Boys and the burgeoning activism of Rosa Parks in the racially segregated and tumultuous South. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"An outsider's infusion of significance and structure into a world that would be beautiful, if only he allowed it to speak for itself."
Bamana's travel book explores the nomadic pastoralism of Mongolia through its residents' relationship with tea. Read full book review >

SCAR by Ryan Frawley
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"A mixed bag—disappointingly complicated yet creatively inspired."
A literary-minded schizophrenic with a story to tell dominates Frawley's complex, multilayered debut novel. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"An informative, readable primer on the rules—and ruses—of the road."
Take heart, California scofflaws, from this wily treatise on the art of beating traffic tickets. Read full book review >
SUCCESSION by Herbert Lobsenz
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"Highly recommended for hermetically inclined technophobes and those who prefer their anomie steeped in the (bitter) Sweet Smell of Success over the breezy satire of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Half a century after the publication of his first novel—the Harper Prize-winning bestseller Vangel Griffin (1961)—Lobsenz offers his second: a grim fantasia of corporate espionage set in the last days of JFK's Camelot. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"Andrew's intentions are beyond reproach, but his tendency to preach his lessons learned without allowing readers to experience the learning alongside him makes the memoir less effective and memorable than if he were to detail in more depth the recovery he helped advance."
Andrew's memoir of time spent as an independent aid worker in earthquake-stricken Haiti details the red tape faced by large aid organizations. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"A surprisingly light comedy considering its religious context, but one that hits its mark completely."
A man with a halo captures the world's attention—is he a fraud or a messiah? Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF WASHINGTON by Francis Hamit
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"Historical cloak-and-dagger with only a quiet spark."
This exhaustively researched historical fiction examines Civil War-era spies and geopolitics. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR LINCOLN'S GHOST by Barbara Dzikowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"Dzikowski's poignant, engrossing historical novel vividly parallels the last brutal days of segregation with the experiences of a small town girl coming of age in a racist society."
In her debut novel, Dzikowski explores the social and racial growing pains of mid-'60s America through the eyes of her plucky but impressionable sixth-grade heroine, Andi. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >