Indie Book Reviews (page 651)

Released: April 7, 2011

"An intriguing, fresh take on the vampire genre, but doesn't quite fulfill its promise."
Everson presents a mermaid/vampire tale set in a coastal California town. Read full book review >
MY MONSTER BURRUFU by Alberto Corral
Released: April 4, 2011

"Could use a final polishing, but the tale shines with lively prose and engaging illustrations."
In Corral's gentle debut novel, 7-year-old Olivia moves to a rambling old house with her writer dad and discovers to her delight that a secret attic room is inhabited by a shy, lonely, cookie-loving monster with a secret: He's a writer, too. Read full book review >

4900 Nights by Homer Van Meter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2011

"An awkward beginning develops into a smooth account of multiple reincarnations as the author traces 'the silvery flecks of memories of people who used to be.'"
In his first nonfiction effort, Van Meter (Day of the Little Guy, 1996) documents the rise and fall of his past lives. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 4, 2011

"A lucid, powerful argument for letting dying patients go gentle into that good night."
Orfali's compelling manifesto explores the fraught ethics and surprisingly convenient practical details of physician-assisted dying. Read full book review >
THE LAST KING OF THE MAYA by David Talon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2011

"A gripping, macabre action story only occasionally marred by slow spots."
When a Mayan god threatens to wreak havoc on Earth, a young man and his friends must confront their shared destiny. Read full book review >

Released: April 2, 2011

"An overlong yet compassionately written ancestral homage."
A 19th-century poet and social reform advocate's fruitful life is reanimated by her great-great-granddaughter. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS OF IRAQ by Revital Shiri-Horowitz
Released: April 1, 2011

"A sympathetic tale of love, loss and loneliness highlighting a largely underrepresented community."
A latticework of personal tragedies and cultural history underpins Shiri-Horowitz's debut novel about immigrant lives in Israel, translated from the Hebrew by Shira Atik. Read full book review >
THE MIRACLE AT BOLSENA by Tom Scorza
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2011

"An appealing hero and plenty of action enliven this historical mystery that effectively blends adventure with learning."
Young Matteo narrates the real story surrounding the Miracle at Bolsena in this medieval mystery/coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2011

"A sometimes bleak, sometimes tender saga of despondence and redemption."
A small-time ballplayer and big-time alcoholic seeks absolution in this vibrant melodrama. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Perhaps too lofty for the general reader, but for anyone with a wary eye on the battles ahead, Schwartz's argument is absorbing and profound."
This balanced scholarly investigation of the Founding Fathers' divergent notions of inherent freedoms—in historical and contemporary terms—is sure to confound those who think they learned everything they need to know in 9th-grade civics. Read full book review >
THE WORD ON WORDS by Norman German
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 31, 2011

"Lively, informative and thoroughly beguiling."
The English language gets pulled up by its roots for purposes of entertainment, enlightenment and vocabulary building in this sprightly linguistic romp. Read full book review >
OCEAN COMMANDER by Jonathan Cross
Released: March 31, 2011

"A blithe, goofy, hit-and-miss fantasia."
In this maritime adventure, a castaway meets a ghost and discovers that his spiritual apotheosis involves strafing bad guys from a glitzy yacht. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >