Indie Book Reviews (page 647)

CAPRI RIPPLES by Milton Chu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"A frustrating, predictable tale of infidelity abroad."
In Chu's debut novel, a young American falls in love with a beautiful Italian woman while on vacation. Read full book review >
Strump: A World of Shadows by Michael Alexander Beas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"Doesn't quite reach classic status but captures many of the genre's most enjoyable aspects while flowering with a fertile imagination.  
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A war for succession consumes an imaginative fantasy world in Beas' extremely entertaining debut novel. Read full book review >

A Woman's Tale of Golf by Frances X. Paulo Huber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"A well-laid sense of humor brings this golfing journey alive."
Huber's account, in collaboration with PGA pro Frank Lee, of her comical attempts to master a sport that "epitomized absurdity." Read full book review >
CHASING PROPHECY by James Moser
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"A stellar read for teens and adults, full of hilarious growing pains, tenderness and a few surprises."
Moser's debutis an unflinching young-adult novel that sees a group of friends tested by bigotry and the illegal machinations of a religious cult. Read full book review >
SECRET CHAMBERS by Alicia Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2013

"A pleasingly confident historical adventure story that engagingly shows one man's emotional journey."
A historical mystery novel set in belle epoque New York. Read full book review >

ON THE BALCONY by Jerome Jewell
Released: Dec. 27, 2013

"A lucid, sometimes-endearing read for those interested in management guidance interspersed with personal reflection."
An eclectic assemblage of meditative essays on everything from management science to personal loss. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"An edifying, sometimes frustrating, book for readers interested in the limitations of modern bureaucracy."
A searing indictment of the U.S.'s dysfunctional federal bureaucracy and its ramifying effects. Read full book review >
The Phoenix Rising by Phenice Arielle
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"A smart, thrilling story of a dangerous and mystical adventure."
In Arielle's debut YA novel, a New York University journalism student discovers the truth about her mysterious past while visiting Africa. Read full book review >
4 Note Chronicles of the Celestial Warriors: Aura by M C B
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"Though dotted with occasional surprises, the book as a whole struggles to keep readers engaged."
A brother and sister find themselves in adventurous combat in MCB's (4 Note Chronicles of the Celestial Warriors: Legacy, 2013) fantasy sequel. Read full book review >
reVision by Samhu L. Iyyam
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"A challenging read outside of mainstream contemporary sci-fi, but readers with a fondness for the early classics will find themselves right at home."
Iyyam's sci-fi novel, the first in a planned trilogy, has hints of Dune and Discworld as a destiny is fulfilled amid an interplanetary war between the peoples of Prul and Bekod. Read full book review >
WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Steven H. Bell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 25, 2013

"An advice book that astutely recognizes that what benefits one partner ultimately benefits both."
A sometimes-humorous, biblically grounded guide for husbands seeking to enrich their marriages. Read full book review >
THE MANY LOVES OF MILA by Inna Swinton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 25, 2013

"A compelling story about the wrenching pain of divorce and the redemptive power of family ties."
Swinton's first novel tracks the life of Mila Simon from her firstaffair onward. 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 >