Indie Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The touching, unforgettable story of two brave girls fighting a deadly disease, and the loving support of the women who gave them life."
Shared memoir of two mothers whose daughters are fighting cancer, by artist, writer, and self-help coach Lane (I Am the Wind, 2011) and Nersten, home-schooling mom. Read full book review >
MAKENA'S SHADOW by Monica K.K. Lee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Not perfect, but a worthwhile glimpse into a colorful culture.
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In this coming-of-age story, Lee (Fricken Kids, 2013) tackles grief, teenage dissatisfaction, familial drama, and culture shock.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A diligent, exacting contribution to a small but important historical record."
The comprehensive history of the Alaska Packers Association as well as a study of the extraordinary impact new shipping technology has had on the world. Read full book review >
SO MANY REASONS TO DIE by Carole Sojka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"A fine, explosive sophomore effort."
Small-town cops Andi Battaglia and Greg Lamont investigate the murder of Greg's ex-lover from Miami in this second installment of a Florida-set mystery. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 22, 2015

"A complex, heartfelt political thriller."
Fuller (Turkey and the Arab Spring, 2014, etc.) examines the precarious morality of interventionist American foreign policy in this political thriller. Read full book review >

Straight from the Gut by Vivek Sardana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"A satisfying, informative memoir of the perseverance and bravery necessary to survive a painful illness."
A harrowing journey into and out of colonic disease. Read full book review >
A CHARLESTON YANKEE by Michael D Mercurio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"An affecting tale of a man's immersion in the civil rights movement."
An intricately woven story of love, race, and politics set in the 1960s. Read full book review >
Love: From the Big Screen to My Life Scene by Reginald Bell Jr.
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"Novel, entertaining, and thoughtful analysis for the lovelorn."
A relationship coach employs a unique strategy to analyze romantic relationships. Read full book review >
Wrong Side of the Grave by Bryna Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"Butler revives the moribund with her fresh take on aliens, vampires, and the undead."
An alien who feeds on vampires is stumped when the recently dead in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, are apparently no longer dead in Butler's (Book of the Lost, 2013, etc.) YA supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
THRIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN by Sean Meshorer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A positive, open-minded, and practical overview."
A comprehensive guide to living with constant pain. Read full book review >
THE BOSTON TRADER by Jefferson Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A sequel that stands firmly on its own, brimming with political intrigue and historical drama."
A Boston merchant is falsely accused of murdering a government official in 18th-century China in Flanders' (The Girl from Recoleta and Other Stories of Love, 2014, etc.) intricate sequel to The Republic of Virtue (2014). Read full book review >
At The Sharp End of Lightning by N.R. Bates
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A fantasy series starter that hardly scratches the surface, but its vivid descriptions and remarkable characters will have readers hunting for the next installment."
Sprites find themselves in mortal danger when connections between parallel worlds start to wither in Bates' debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >