Indie Book Reviews (page 647)

Nothing is Promised by Marjorie E. Belson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"A cancer survivor describes her path to health with frank, endearing self-deprecation."
In her debut work, an affecting memoir, Belson reflects on her experiences battling breast cancer. Read full book review >
IS IT SCARY? by Aysha A. Al-Rowaished
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2014

"A frivolous diversion from reality for the R.L. Stine fan."
An angry ghost seeks revenge for teenage bullying in this debut thriller inspired by the King of Pop's darker lyrics. Read full book review >

My Brother Bobby Bought a Pet Snake by Deborah Masterson
Released: May 1, 2014

"This cleverly illustrated picture book will have readers pondering their own endings and possibly inventing further adventures for Bobby and Sue."
Masterson encourages readers to think outside the terrarium in this cartoonishly illustrated picture book about an ill-advised pet. Read full book review >
FROM ZERO TO A HUNDRED by Jason Roy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"A fine memoir that offers an inspiring reminder of the qualities one needs to overcome life's greatest challenges."
An autobiographical account of a police officer's recovery from paralyzing injuries suffered in the line of duty. Read full book review >
WHEN JACK MEETS JILL by Anthony Shang
Released: May 1, 2014

"A blend of 21st-century realism and fairy tale that should entertain tweens."
Drawing on fairy-tale tropes, this illustrated chapbook offers a back story for the "Jack and Jill" nursery rhyme. Read full book review >

BRISTOL BAY SUMMER by Annie Boochever
Released: May 1, 2014

"A wonderfully atmospheric debut."
In Boochever's debut middle-grade novel, a reluctant young girl coping with her parents' breakup becomes part of the fishing community at Alaska's Bristol Bay. Read full book review >
Grimoire of Stone by Keith Harvey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2014

"An unsettling, profound and richly conceived fable for fans of complex, intellectual fantasy."
For a mercenary with a dark history, survival looks more and more like rebirth in this bloody yet hopeful story that sets a lone protagonist adrift on a plane rife with exotic forces and entities. Read full book review >
Gwendolyn's Sword by E.A. Haltom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2014

"Well-written, well-plotted, and mostly well-paced, a feisty addition to the historical fantasy genre."
Haltom's debut novel followsGwendolyn de Cardinham, who, upon discovering that she may be King Arthur's fabled heir, finds herself caught in the middle of a clash of crowns. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 2014

"Well-researched, fascinating and thought-provoking."
Hudson's first book is a scholarly examination of the ongoing debate about the authorship of the works of William Shakespeare. Read full book review >
Undertow: Surviving the Predatory Psychiatrist by Trudy Seagraves
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2014

"An often illuminating psychiatric memoir."
In this debut memoir, a woman tells of abusive therapy sessions with a New-Age doctor. Read full book review >
The Situation by Graeme Daniels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2014

"A somewhat muddled psychological thriller for the conspiracy set."
In this companion piece—"A best friend, maybe"—to his 2012 novel Crystal From the Hills, Daniels returns to the experiences of "Shadow seers" Chris Leavitt and Bryan "Weed" Tecco, retelling, elaborating upon and streamlining the events of the previous novel. Read full book review >
The Fig-Preserve Clock by Sarah M. Amiama
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 30, 2014

"An absorbing Groundhog Day-like drama with a mystical twist."
Amiama's bewitching debut novel features a couple trapped in a time loop at the hands of a conniving djinni. 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 >