Indie Book Reviews (page 651)

VIOLENCE by Timothy McDougall
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"A revenge story that subverts expectations."
Justice most certainly does not prevail for a man whose wife and daughter are killed. But will vengeance be the road he chooses in McDougall's debut thriller? Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF JOB by J. M. Hartley
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"A moving, if meandering, fable of good people who weather bad things."
A sudden string of calamities prompts a righteous woman to question her faith in Hartley's debut novel. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Vivid, heartfelt and honest."
Dempsey-Legnon's fictional adaptation of family history is a novel about life in a Cajun village in the early 1900s, as recounted by a woman who worked hard and suffered greatly for her family and for love. Read full book review >
THE EXPLANATION AGE by John Lewis
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"An iconoclast's blueprint for a new era of innovation."
Lewis' guide to the changing landscape of modern society calls for a new method of processing information. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Moloney says she found her voice through writing her memoir; readers, however, may not be able to follow what she's saying."
Ex-nun Moloney's debut memoir chronicles a life bound by the expectations of others, turned around with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jungian analysis and New Age spirituality. Read full book review >

THE PROPHET'S SCRIBE by Osman Kartal
Released: Feb. 20, 2012

"An unorthodox but valuable introduction to the youngest of the major Western monotheisms."
Intricately crafted fiction woven from strands of the life of Mohammad, founder of Islam. Read full book review >
Queen Lilly Fly By Night by Robin Jessup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2012

"The story delivers on demons, vampires and bloody mayhem, but skimps on finer, animating nuances."
Vampires anxiously wait for the awakening of their queen; when she arrives, all hell breaks loose. Read full book review >
Counting Piggies by Jim Gardner
written and illustrated by Jim Gardner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 20, 2012

"An automotive-inspired reboot of a classic game."
A new twist on an old tale. Read full book review >
UNTIL YOU SEE ME by Roberta Degnore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2012

"A thoughtful, engrossing story of a young woman desperately fighting to find her own voice even as family, friends and society try to keep her silent."
A young woman from a strict, religious family and trapped in an equally oppressive marriage struggles to break free in the midst of the Great Depression. Read full book review >
7 Secrets of Happiness Your Brain Doesn't Want You to Know by Kevin Meredith
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 20, 2012

"An unusual, easy-to-follow examination of some perplexing aspects of human behavior."
In his debut self-help book, Meredith offers suggestions for dealing with the human brain's evolutionary heritage in order to enhance happiness. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 2012

"A fast-paced novel that delivers a satisfying read."
In Speight's debut fantasy, Jackson Walker uncovers a secret about his identity that has life-changing consequences. Read full book review >
THE WHITE LILAC by Christina J.  Adams
Released: Feb. 19, 2012

"Briefly flirts with grim speculative fiction but ultimately alights on adventure."
Two teens navigate adventure and personal troubles in order to save a future world from deadly disease. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >