Indie Book Reviews (page 647)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"Standard self-help fare, but humorous and thorough."
Reflections on faith, family and the fragility of life. Read full book review >
PHOENIX IN A JADE BOWL by Bonnie Bongwan Cho Oh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A powerfully understated memoir that offers a glimpse into Korean history and a story of the strength of familial bonds."
A slim memoir about life in Korea from the mid-1930s through the Korean War and beyond. Read full book review >

SEEING BY MOONLIGHT by MF Thomas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A complex thriller that offers new revelations up until the very end."
Nazi war secrets, Cold War politics, modern space technology and science fiction come together in Thomas and Thurkettle's debut historical thriller. Read full book review >
BLEST BY THE DARK ANGEL by Ann Louise Keiffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A candid memoir about the toll depression can take on body, mind and spirit, offering hope for sufferers and their loved ones."
This memoir chronicles the story of one woman's courageous battle with depression and how, rather than destroying her life, the crippling disease ended up improving it. Read full book review >
OPAL SUMMERFIELD AND THE BATTLE OF FALLMOON GAP by Mark Caldwell Jones
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A dazzling debut with magical places, creatures and gemstones, plus a compelling heroine young readers will love."
The first installment in the Opal Summerfield series has her discovering her magical origins and a parallel world. Read full book review >
MARIE ANTOINETTE'S HEAD by Will Bashor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"An entertaining, well-researched work that will particularly interest students of cultural history and the French Revolution."
A scholarly debut biography that looks at the French Revolution through the eyes of the queen's hairdresser and confidant. Read full book review >
THE SAME OLD STORY by William LeRoy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"An engaging thriller that highlights the universality of love."
An Internet-age murder mystery with a modern edge. Read full book review >
Photographic Memory by Bill Schubart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Fans of detailed passages and sprawling life experience as seen from a composed and realistic perspective will enjoy; those who appreciate a linear plotline may not."
Schubart's latest (Panhead, 2012, etc.) peruses the photo-album-esque memories and experiences of a Vermont farm boy. Read full book review >
SLEEPING WITH THE GODS by Jean Wong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A playful collection for romance readers who may wonder what the Greek gods are up to these days."
A slim but passionate debut story collection about modern men and women having passionate affairs with human incarnations of ancientGreek gods. 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 >