Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

The Toorak Jackpot by Rosemary Macindoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2016

"Lighthearted and often delightfully surreal, this satire lacks a fully developed story."
A debut farcical novel chronicles an Australian's sudden ascent to fame and riches. Read full book review >
The Day Before You Came by Martin Freiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2016

"Freiner pushes his protagonist toward insights that he never quite realizes in this relentless survey of eroticism and drug abuse."
A young addict chronicles his struggles with cocaine, alcohol, and especially sex in this debut novel in stories. Read full book review >

The Last Ma-Loo by Dean Ammerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2016

"A satisfying—if meandering—wrap-up to a memorable series of adventures with an appealing pair of protagonists."
An inimitable teenage hero and his short-tempered accomplice must once again save humanity in this final installment of a trilogy. Read full book review >
Split Rock by Holly Hodder Eger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"This well-written work benefits from the heroine's admirable willingness to examine herself honestly."
In this debut novel, a married woman confronts her might-have-beens and searches for her true self. Read full book review >
Paul by Gesner Noel
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"An excellent single-volume introduction to Christianity's first theologian."
A brief but thorough account of St. Paul's life and an analysis of its significance in the subsequent development of Christianity. Read full book review >

A Search for Truth by Ernest Honigmann
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 3, 2016

"An argument for godlessness that's rational but appropriately humble."
A comprehensive examination and defense of a nondogmatic atheism. Read full book review >
Ruined by Ruth Everhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Forthright, compassionate, and expertly crafted—everything readers should want from a memoir."
A memoir offers extensive reportage of a sexual assault and a reflection on the author's future course and evolving faith. Read full book review >
Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A spooky and satisfying literary mystery that features two celebrated authors."
Triana (Summer of Yesterday, 2014, etc.) takes inspiration from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in this horror-tinged YA novel. Read full book review >
The Middle Class Comeback by Munir Moon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A sensible, bipartisan analysis of the future of a major segment of American society."
A diagnosis of American middle-class woes and a hopeful blueprint for its revival. Read full book review >
The Panther Mountain Conspiracy by Dean Hosmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A brisk but assertive tale, with plenty of spies, killers, and double-crossings to satiate readers."
In Hosmer's debut thriller, American and Canadian law enforcement agents search for a physicist whose disappearance may be related to a weapons system he's developing. Read full book review >
Let's Vote! by Anita Iaco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An appealing, thoughtful, and age-appropriate political lesson for the younger set."
In this addition to civic-minded literature for children, students learn how to become informed voters. Read full book review >
Shadows of Paris by Eric D. Lehman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A lyrical, lovely story of doomed romance that doesn't overstay its welcome."
Travel and history writer Lehman (Connecticut Town Greens, 2015, etc.) turns his hand to fiction in this short novel set in the City of Lights.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >