Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

Murillo's Million by Jens Holm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"An engaging, slow-burning political mystery set in Manila."
Holm details the convoluted dealings of a Filipino politician in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Jobmobbers by Patricia Komar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2015

"A gratifying, pertinent tale of a woman facing her monsters—white-collar ones."
Workplace bullying may take a fatal turn when someone tampers with a tormented co-worker's automobile in Komar's (The Ghost in the Hollows, 2014) thriller. Read full book review >

Gorilla Bath by Edward Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2015

"Extremely short vignettes that often hit the mark, but a more focused selection with a unifying theme might have had greater appeal."
Rowe (Smile When You Get There, 2015) offers a short collection of lighthearted observations, illustrated with cartoons and drawings.Read full book review >
Last Clear Chance by Bob Bachner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"A sweet, occasionally thrilling story of an elderly man trying to make sense of his past and a young man trying to make sense of his own future."
In Bachner's debut novel, a retired English teacher's lifelong regrets spill over into the present. Read full book review >
The Artichoke Queen by Owen Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"A sentimental but never sappy coming-of-age tale that hits all the right notes in unexpected ways."
After the death of her mother, a young woman vows to live her life to the fullest and embarks on a career as a race car driver, defying the norms of 1950s America in Duffy's debut novel. Read full book review >

The Bakersfield Sound by Robert E. Price
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"An informative read that's well-suited to readers interested in country music and its history."
This debut nonfiction work traces the history, development, and legacy of the Californian country-music subgenre known as the "Bakersfield sound." Read full book review >
Jake & Clara by David R. Stokes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"A potent, nearly perfect brew of politics, murder, mayhem, and mystery.
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Stokes' (How to Keep Calm and Carry On, 2014, etc.) crisp work of historical fiction animates the most sensational homicide trial in the criminal annals of Oklahoma. Read full book review >
Faith, Hope, and Love by Shyam  Kanagala
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A book that, despite its moralism, may offer much comfort and aid to everyday seekers."
One part memoir, one part spiritual guide, this debut interfaith self-help book aims to lead readers to a deeper relationship with God. Read full book review >
Out of the Blue Valise by Mari Gayatri Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A delightful jumble of jungle creatures, two-legged and four-legged alike."
Hippos shrink, zebras speak French, and love heals all wounds in Stein's debut novel. Read full book review >
Money Green Memories by Scarlett G. Brade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A sexy suspense novel despite some loose plot threads."
A traumatized Toronto heiress experiences new dangers and first love with a mysterious, covert operative in this debut romantic thriller. Read full book review >
Sway by Katherine Savage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Tantalizing for genre fans but also an honest romance between characters working for the British Secret Service whose attachment is both cherished and inescapable."
A woman's intoxicating tryst with her boss takes a startling turn when she learns that he has some peculiarities and that the two are bound by a supernatural connection in Savage's debut erotic thriller. Read full book review >
Chaos Theory by Colin Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"Readers will likely be sorry to see this book (and the world) come to a conclusion."
It's the end of the world as we know it in this fine Dr. Strangelove-ian satire about the mad search for a doomsday device.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 >