Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

RETIRED BROKE by Randy Kirk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Brief, common-sense survival tips for a more secure future."
A husband and wife offer their easy-to-read collection of practical suggestions for an affordable retirement. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO NKAMBA by Piper Monique Dellums
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An often engaging work that could be used as an introduction to Congo studies."
A spiritual prophecy comes true in Dellums' (Grandma Leola Celebrates Purim, 2015, etc.) colorful story of a Congolese culture and religion. Read full book review >

It's Not About The Dog by Susan Taylor Chehak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"An acerbic, stirring collection from a master of the craft."
Chehak (What Happened To Paula: The Anatomy of a True Crime, 2014, etc.) returns to fiction with a collection of short stories. Read full book review >
EXIGENCY by Michael Siemsen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A highly recommended, character-driven sci-fi novel in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein."
In Siemsen's (The Opal, 2013, etc.) sci-fi novel, scientists embark on a long-distance, one-way voyage—and encounter disaster. Read full book review >
The Dance of the Moon by Pari Spolter
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A complex collection of lunar data that invites interpretation and consideration."
A book that attempts to explain the motion of the moon—a phenomenon that has baffled astronomers for quite some time. Read full book review >

TEMPLE SECRETS by Susan Gabriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Savannah's atmosphere, culture, and history flavor this often-engaging tale of intertwined families."
The secrets and lies of Savannah, Georgia's upper crust come to light in Gabriel's (Circle of the Ancestors, 2014, etc.) Southern Gothic novel. Read full book review >
THE WISE LEGACY by Daniel J. Siegel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Of greatest interest to those who knew Sidney Wise—but also a poignant reminder of a more civil political era."
This tribute volume collects statements from and interviews with students, colleagues, relatives, and friends of Sidney Wise, an influential professor. Read full book review >
LYING FOR THE LORD by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Another of Townsend's shrewd, evocative, wryly humorous, occasionally didactic scenes of Mormonism and its discontents."
Countless fibs, evasions, and hypocrisies buttress the verities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in these slyly subversive stories. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"A formidable and original interdisciplinary work, likely to interest theologians as well as lay scientists."
An ambitious attempt to provide what the author calls "a unified theory of spirituality, conscience and belief." Read full book review >
THE JAGUAR ORACLE by Kurt Frederick Mähler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"Readers with a love for the mystical and fantastical will enjoy this unique tale."
Educator and doctoral student Mähler offers an imaginative debut folk tale featuring animals, trees, humans, and even planets as characters. Read full book review >
A MATCH TO DIE FOR by Ellen Frank Mathews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"An entertaining, fast-paced mystery."
A matchmaker investigates a murder involving one of her clients in Mathews' debut crime novel. Read full book review >
When I Set Myself on Fire by W.W. Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A surreal, sometimes-difficult narrative that will reward patient readers."
A university lawyer takes care of a monkey with humanlike tendencies in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >