Indie Book Reviews (page 651)

Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Transporting religious verse."
Moinuddin's debut collection of poetry finds inspiration in the Muslim mystical tradition that yearns to reveal the beauty of love and God. Read full book review >
THE LAST TRAIN by Trevor Nevett
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"A heartwarming tale of friendship and the power of storytelling."
Two boys meet a mysterious old man on their magical train journey. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"A must-have for history buffs."
The authors (The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vs. Lizzie A. Borden, 1994) return with a riveting history of the flourishing small town of Fall River, Mass., and its most infamous resident, Lizzie Borden. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Inquisitive and enlightening without being dense."
A collection of spiritual stories and poems chronicling one man's journey to the ultimate state of inner peace. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Valuable for medical school students as well as general memoir fans."
In his debut memoir, a retired neurosurgeon reflects on medical history, his varied career and personal matters. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Rosa's collection has moments of insight, but readers may struggle through a fog to find the nuggets."
Rosa (Zeke Thompson, American Hero, 2010, etc.) presents a series of short stories that address a wide variety of subject matter. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Despite its lack of cohesiveness, this memoir offers striking details about less-traveled locations and thought-provoking commentary on the difficulties of understanding a culture other than one's own."
Anthropologist Layton (Street Women and the Art of Bullshitting, 2010, etc.) examines how different types of travel affect people's perceptions of culture and themselves in her scholarly debut memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Solid storytelling and a sequential short-story format uplift the potentially ponderous, gay-specialty plotline about a restless quest for love."
Linked short stories follow a half-century in the life of a Florida-born gay man and his search for emotional happiness and stability on two coasts and two continents. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"These stories about often-overlooked characters find sharp observations on the indignities of modern life."
Brosky's darkly witty stories describe the major and mundane problems facing ordinary Midwesterners. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE ELSE by Leni Rodgers
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Inspirational historical fiction based one woman's remarkable life and travels."
Based on a true story, Rodgers presents a moving novel that pays tribute to the power of an adventurous spirit. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Though the writing lacks polish, readers interested in elite military forces could hardly ask for a more honest rendering."
A West Point graduate looks back on his training and experiences as a Green Beret. Read full book review >
TO ERR IS COMMON by Margot Terrence
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"A solid, passionate survey of the nursing profession, buried in an uneven novel."
A diligent nurse tries to survive the traps of a sloppy hospital department in this debutnovel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >