Indie Book Reviews (page 9)

Reawakening by Alexander DaShaun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2016

"The ultimate crossroads for fans of werewolves and medieval sorcery."
In this debut fantasy, a shape-shifting sorcerer attempts to develop the skills necessary to thwart an ancient prophecy. Read full book review >
The End of Democracy and Faith by Sean Wallace
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 15, 2016

"A sometimes-intriguing but often familiar treatise against the oppressive forces of democracy and religion."
In this debut work of political philosophy, Wallace argues that American society is hindered by the twin restraints of democracy and religion. Read full book review >

Shadows of the Sun Dynasty by Vrinda Sheth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2016

"An impressive recounting of an ancient South Asian legend."
Sheth (Prince Rama Son of the Solar Dynasty, 2012) retells the Ramayana for a contemporary audience in this YA novel.Read full book review >
In The Year Of Our Lord by Donald Cleveland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"Blunt though quick-paced, this book sends a likable hero through an oddball tunnel of religion and money."
A debut satirical novel focuses on a young preacher and the world's temptations. Read full book review >
Schism by Britt Holewinski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2016

"This apocalyptic teen drama's character interactions may draw readers in, but its vigorous story will keep them hooked."
In Holewinski's debut YA dystopian thriller and series opener, teenage survivors of a catastrophic viral outbreak find a desolate United States where a fiendish few have taken power. Read full book review >

You Can't Un-Ring the Bell by Shirley J. Gilbert
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2016

"A well-intentioned but meandering meditation on pain and healing."
A seasoned psychologist offers wisdom and experience about facing life's hardships in this compact self-help volume. Read full book review >
Rocket-Bye by Carole P. Roman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 13, 2016

"A read-aloud lullaby with dreamy pictures, perfect for sending budding astronauts to slumber."
Veteran author Roman (Being a Captain Is Hard Work, 2016, etc.) sends readers on a rhyming voyage through the Milky Way, accompanied by Arkova's whimsical illustrations.Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 13, 2016

"A slender book about hunting and gathering that should be useful for those preparing to go out in the field and delightful for those just dreaming about it.

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A husband-and-wife team shares methods and recipes for those who want to catch, grow, and cook their own food. Read full book review >
The Hunted Tribe by Roma Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2016

"Equally appealing back story and characters make a sequel to this novel about an animal spirit something to look forward to."
A teen descendant of a tribe cursed by an ancient creature may be the one who can save his bloodline in this horror tale. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 12, 2016

"A lengthy manifesto for AMCAP that lays out a vision for an ascendant black America."
Rempson (Minority Access to Higher Education In N.Y. City, 1972) examines what he sees as the root causes of education and economic-mobility gaps that affect African-American males.Read full book review >
Confessions from a Recruiter by David Janssen
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 11, 2016

"A guide that doesn't cover much new ground but nicely lays out the basics of resume writing in simple language with valuable examples."
A personnel consultant shares advice for resume writing in this short debut book. Read full book review >
Power by Julie Diamond
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 10, 2016

"An intensely readable field guide to using power without abusing it."
A book offers a taxonomy of the different kinds of power and a manual for understanding and employing it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >