Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

DEERE IS RIGHT HERE!  by Gregory Gebhart
Released: March 3, 2017

"A well-designed and likable addition to the hefty field of picture books for young fans of useful heavy machinery and trucks."
John Deere tractors show their multipurpose usefulness in this continuation of a picture-book series for young children. Read full book review >
THE HEALER'S RUNE by Lauricia Matuska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2017

"Impressive storytelling and assured characterization; sows seeds for books to follow."
A woman has the chance to help free humans from an elfin race that has tyrannized them for centuries in Matuska's debut and start of a proposed fantasy series. Read full book review >

TINA'S WAR by Laura Obolensky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2017

"A standout, vividly written story of wartime."
A young girl tells of life in a small French town toward the end of World War II in this historical novel. Read full book review >
When We Were Alone by David Robertson
Released: March 1, 2017

"Spare, poetic, and moving, this Cree heritage story makes a powerful impression."
In this illustrated book for children ages 4 to 8, a curious girl learns about how her grandmother held on to cultural touchstones when she was a child at a Native American residential school. Read full book review >
The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. Read full book review >

Karate Science by J.D. Swanson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"An informative guide for those looking to enhance their karate training."
Swanson's debut is a scientific guide to the stances, movements, and techniques of karate. Read full book review >
BERTO YOSEMITE’S ROCK-LOVIN’ BEAR by Marian Parks
Released: March 1, 2017

"An adventure that may help young readers find their own inner strength in the face of adversity—and spark their interest in geology as well."
A bear who enjoys gathering and categorizing stones deals with a bully in Parks' (Pocketmouse at Crystal Cove, 2016) rhyming adventure with illustrations by Karron (Swirl Spirits, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
BALANCE ME by Matt DeCoursey
Released: March 1, 2017

"A serious and enthusiastic guide to taking control of one's destiny."
A back-to-basics book dispenses advice on clarifying one's life. Read full book review >
THE VISITS & OTHER POEMS/LAS VISITAS Y OTROS POEMAS  by Mirta Yáñez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A well-written but occasionally verbose collection that will please academics but may test the patience of lay readers."
An academic poetry opus from prolific Cuban author Yáñez (The Bleeding Wound/Sangra Por La Herida, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
FLOCKS/REBAOS by Zurelys López Amaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"An often delightful, if somewhat repetitive, collection for the casual poetry lover."
A bilingual collection of poetry celebrating the natural world. Read full book review >
MAX IN FILMLAND by Kia McInerny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A potent novel about one man's search for identity in Hollywood."
An entertainment lawyer's movie-business venture takes an unpleasant turn that could land him in prison in McInerny's (Bond Hunter, 2012) novel.Read full book review >
VALLEY OF THE BEES by Amanda L. Webster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A tale that offers mesmerizing worldbuilding and complex explorations of gender relations in a frightening dystopia."
In the near future, a teenager tries to navigate growing up in a world where women are treated as property in this debut YA novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >