Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

There's a Bug in the Tub and It Won't Get Out by JJ Allen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"A calm, comedic tale of special friendships with beloved family members."
A girl has a startling bathtime experience in this heartwarming sleepover tale by debut authors Allen and Knowles. Read full book review >
Sam's Secret Notebook No 1 by E. H. Jons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2015

"Opens as a thriller, ends as a fantasy, but it's unquestionably innovative and entertaining from start to finish."
A young boy and his two friends discover an entirely new and fantastic world when exploring an old house in the neighborhood in Jons' debut young-adult adventure. Read full book review >

Chicago Law by Joseph A Garofalo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Mild lessons and anecdotes from a Chicago man who lifted himself from the middle class."
Worker's compensation lawyer Garofalo recounts his life and law practice in Chicago. Read full book review >
The Curse of the Baskervilles by Daniel Bergmann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"A stylistic, spine-tingling homage to a classic."
Bergmann's (The Vampire Dingbat, 2014, etc.) picture book reinterprets the legend of the infamous Hound of the Baskervilles in rhyme. Read full book review >
THE GLOW OF PARIS by Gary Zuercher
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A superb pictorial evocation of the City of Light, full of dazzling images and intriguing lore."
Pictures of Seine River bridges frame nighttime views of the French capital in this striking coffee-table collection of photographs. Read full book review >

GODHEAD by Greg McLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A novel combination of worlds and characters in an ambitious, cutting story that's occasionally overcomplicated."
From author McLeod (The King of Dreams, 2014), an epic fantasy novel spanning Earth and mythical lands. Read full book review >
DEAD WRONG by Betta Ferrendelli
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A tense, engaging series mystery."
The third installment of Ferrendelli's mystery series (Revenge is Sweet, 2013, etc.) centers on a mortuary where the bodies aren't exactly treated with respect. Read full book review >
DRAWING LESSONS by Julia Gabriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A provocative, but not picture-perfect, romance novel."
A fragile woman discovers love and lust with her seductive drawing teacher in Gabriel's (Next to You, 2014, etc.) contemporary romance. Read full book review >
THE CANCER SOLUTION by Jack C. Westman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A rigorous investigation of the cancer research-and-treatment landscape."
In order to grasp the enormity of a shape-shifting disease, this examination prods cancer from all angles. Read full book review >
Africa's Heart by Mark Wentling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A satisfying novel of interconnectedness and community."
An ambitious novel concludes Wentling's (Africa's Release, 2014) African trilogy. Read full book review >
PASSING THROUGH PERFECT by Bette Lee Crosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"Racially problematic but otherwise an enjoyable read."
The third entry in Crosby's (Jubilee's Journey, 2013, etc.) Wyattsville series spans 20 years and a journey from Alabama to Pennsylvania—a great distance of more than land for Benjamin Church. Read full book review >
NICKERBACHER by Terry John Barto
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"A well-illustrated dragon tale that may help bridge the gap between young and old readers."
In Barto (Gollywood, Here I Come!, 2014) and Sponaugle's children's picture book, a young dragon slays his captive princess, her prince and finally his own disapproving father—with laughter. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >