Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

Love Hurts by Tricia Reeks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A well-organized, wide-ranging collection of consistently strong genre stories."
In this anthology of short speculative fiction, debut editor Reeks gathers 26 stories about love—and the jealousy, sacrifice, and pain that can haunt even the most devoted hearts. Read full book review >
Beyond a Charmed Life by Barbara Huntress Tresness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A bumpy read, but it conveys the power of love and will; of special interest to caregivers of children with severe neurological disorders."
A mother's loving memoir about caring and advocating for her son, who was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy. Read full book review >

Nexis by A.L. Davroe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An imaginative and clever, if imperfect, tale that leaves a lot of room for Davroe to explore in future installments."
Davroe offers a YA sci-fi fantasy about a future society in the first of her Trickster series. Read full book review >
Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Rousing and romantic; a fast-paced dystopian sequel with a distinctive heroine."
In this thriller, a genetically modified girl known as a pet realizes that she and others like her won't truly be free until they topple the company that created them. Read full book review >
Clean by Mia Kerick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A compassionate look at the harrowing problem of addiction, anchored by strong characters and a message of hope."
Two high school seniors grapple with family and school pressures and try to break free of drugs and alcohol in Kerick's (Come to my Window, 2015, etc.) YA novel. Read full book review >

Until My Heart Stops by Jameson Currier
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A remarkable collection of hard-earned, melancholic wisdom."
Novelist Currier (A Gathering Storm, 2014, etc.) collects four decades of essays in this nonfiction volume.Read full book review >
Medium Hero by Korby Lenker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A quick, pleasurable set of short stories that track the emotional and intellectual struggles of several young men."
Lenker's debut story collection presents vignettes of relationships between friends, family, and significant others. Read full book review >
Last Stop: Paris by John  Pearce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An exhilarating journey that will satisfy the most avid thriller reader."
A full-throttle adventure through modern Europe and the Mediterranean in a book that's part thriller, part mystery, and all rollicking ride. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An invaluable resource for NB sufferers."
Lake's debut offers a candid memoir of her experience with neurogenic bladder and a wealth of practical advice about coping with its daily complications. Read full book review >
No Such Thing as Free Goldfish by Joan Wittler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Readers new to this series will be eager to pick up Grace's previous titles while looking forward to future adventures."
A 12-year-old girl learns that having a pet isn't just fun—it can be hard work! Read full book review >
Gift of Darkness by Craig K. Comstock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A moving, inspiring account of the indomitability of the human spirit."
A heart-rending biography of a young teenager who lived under Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. Read full book review >
THE PURPLE MANTIS HOTEL by David Swanagon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Despite a bit too much time discussing business details, a wild tale with an intriguing protagonist who just might crack."
Swanagon's (The Adventures of Zach Vallor, 2011) novel considers the seedy side of Las Vegas dealmaking. 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 >