Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
Cajun Justice by Lee R. Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A relatively restrained, old-style yarn of supernatural retribution and redemption that may leave gore-hounds feeling a bit disappointed."
A batch of shirts bearing deadly serpents, obtained unethically by a shady businessman, spawns terror at a retailer convention in New Orleans. Read full book review >
Judo by Rodolfo Tello
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A lean, direct introductory text for readers interested in judo culture and practice."
Tello (Social Safeguards, 2015, etc.) describes the basic concepts and techniques of judo in this introductory work of nonfiction.Read full book review >
The Blitz Business by D.A. Spruzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Despite the rousing historical background, this sentimental orphan tale remains grim."
A mentally disabled boy tries to navigate his way through World War II-era Britain in this historical novel. Read full book review >
Try! Try! Try! by Lindsey Craig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A lively and clever volume about the importance of tackling new activities; perfect for toddlers who are ready for a little plot with their pictures and for children who can proudly read aloud to a younger sibling."
An energetic boy tells his animal friends that they already know how to dance in this board book for very young readers by Craig (In Our Tree, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A rarity in academic literature—a genuinely original book about a profoundly important topic."
A radically revisionist look at the race for the atomic bomb during World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >