Indie Book Reviews (page 642)

LIFE IS A GAME by Ambrose P. Murtagh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2010

"A vivid account of a troubled soul trudging toward stability and purpose."
The ethos of the gridiron helps a young man growing up before World War II overcome physical and psychological challenges in this earnest, anxious memoir. Read full book review >
THINNER THAN A HAIR by Adnan Mahmutovic
Released: April 7, 2010

"A fine, moving debut from a talented writer."
A Bosnian girl experiences offbeat love and traumatic loss in this anguished, luminous coming-of-age saga. Read full book review >

FROM A SAVAGE CITY by Gary Hill
Released: April 5, 2010

"Intoxicatingly fun; disturbing yet hopeful."
Exuberant, uncensored and wise free verse informed by a benevolent relativism and populated with social outcasts. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO DEER RUN by Elaine Marie Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2010

"Ready for the sequel."
Cooper's debut historical novel is based on real-life events during the American Revolution. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2010

"An intriguing look at the surprisingly perilous life of a geologist.

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A nasty little piece of skullduggery made all the more so by the fact this fictional tale is based on real events in the author's life. Read full book review >

STILL LOOKING by Larry Durstin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"A wickedly funny send-up of the sexual revolution and its discontents."
Lonely, single men search for love in the 1980s in this hilarious battle narrative from the war between the sexes. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"A stiff saga of righteousness overcoming a bad seed."
Skin color fuels sibling rivalries in this family melodrama. Read full book review >
THE BRUBURY TALES by Frank Mundo
Released: April 1, 2010

"Fans of classic literature may appreciate this and will no doubt enjoy picking out their favorite tales told in verse, but a replica will always pale in comparison to the original."
In this homage to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a diverse group of security guards in present-day Los Angeles compete in a storytelling contest in order to win time off from work. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"Similar to the vignettes found in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, this book's sentimental collection can't help but warm your heart."
Intended for ages 9-12, this collection of 10 true vignettes elucidate the bucket-filling philosophy of being a helpful and caring person. Read full book review >
ON THE EDGE by Ray Verola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"A beguiling collection of well-wrought tales by a writer with talent to burn."
People trapped in a bleak reality cross the line into madness, murder, magic and even hope in these knotty, engrossing stories. Read full book review >
ACID AND BRIBERY by Jeanne Ann Off
Released: March 30, 2010

"The suspense plot pulls up lame, but horse-obsessed teen readers will enjoy the novel's engrossing equine milieu."
Horse whispering and horse murdering roil an intrigue-drenched race track in this atmospheric young-adult mystery. Read full book review >
THE KEY TO NEDE by Karisa Ewinger
FANTASY
Released: March 30, 2010

"Parents looking for stories that reinforce religious teachings may find much to like, but others may not be captivated by the tepid prose."
Two children learn about themselves and the worlds around them—both visible and invisible—while on an adventure in the magical Land of Nede. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >