Indie Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
The Shoemaker's Daughter by Helen Martin Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"An engaging story of love in the worst of circumstances."
Block, in her debut novel, tells the desperate tale of a couple attempting to survive the horrors of Nazi occupation. Read full book review >

MOMMY GOES TO THE OFFICE by Gulden Mesara-Dogan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A must-have introduction to the workplace for young children."
This debut children's book takes a look at a mother's workday. Read full book review >
PAPER AND INK by Mike Lubow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"Craftily built survival stories, worthy of a wide readership."
Lubow's (In a Chicago Minute, 2012, etc.) story collection skewers the world of marketing, with far-flung tales of business and geography mixed in. Read full book review >
Thinking Good Thoughts About Me by Mary K McGranaghan
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"A delightful method for inspiring confidence in any child."
A debut self-help book for young ones that aims to help them build their self-esteem. Read full book review >
Approaching Twi-Night by M Thomas Apple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"An overall solid effort; readers will find that it's worth sticking around for the last pitch."
The love of writing and baseball combine in Apple's debut novel. Read full book review >
RUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE by Robert Logan Rogers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"An upbeat story with a moral about believing in yourself accompanied by fantastic illustrations—but told in stilted verse."
Get ready to race! Jungle animals, led by three delightfully illustrated animal children, are racing for the joy of it in this rhyming children's book debut by Rogers (Out of His Mouth!, 2012). Read full book review >
The Beslan Massacre: Myths & Facts by Alexander Burakov
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"A remarkable testament to the power of investigative journalism in the face of lies and careless rumor."
An investigative review of the notorious Beslan massacre that thoroughly pieces together a version of what really happened, debunking long-standing mythology along the way. Read full book review >
Travel Every Day by John Ennis
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Sincerely written and full of sage advice—an astute guidebook for first-time travelers and people stuck in a rut."
Drawing on the author's experiences as a seasoned traveler, this handy guidebook helps people with stagnant lives enrich themselves abroad. 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 >