Indie Book Reviews

On Top Of The World by David Lamb
Released: Oct. 20, 2016

"An engaging, heartwarming, humorous morality tale for our digital, consumerist age."
An updated version of A Christmas Carol filled with rap moguls, pop-culture references, and plenty of heartwarming romance. Read full book review >
Making Out Like a Virgin by Catriona McHardy
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A valuable compilation that represents multiple paths for healing and thriving after sexual trauma."
Sexual abuse survivors from around the world detail their journeys to healthy sexuality and bodily autonomy in this collection. Read full book review >

London Belongs To Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"One need not be an Anglophile to enjoy the heroine's London adventures, but it definitely adds to the overall experience."
An aspiring playwright, fresh out of college, moves to the city of her dreams in this debut novel. Read full book review >
The Daemoniac by Kat Ross
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"An unexpected treat of a detective novel with a strong heroine, making Ross a name to look out for."
A mystery invokes New York City streets, serial killer thrills, and the creator of Sherlock Holmes himself. Read full book review >
Bunyan's Guide to the Great American Wildlife by Quentin Canterel
Released: Oct. 7, 2016

"A compellingly readable contemporary fantasia set in a vivid New York of the mind."
A novel follows a man and a woman in the wilderness of New York City. Read full book review >

Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple by Lisa Pell
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"A poignant parody of media blather, modern romance, and mangled justice, with sci-fi accents."
A novel explores extraterrestrial love in a topsy-turvy world. Read full book review >
Put the Sky Inside of You by Milos Toth
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"A work that examines mysteries of life in an astute, concise manner."
Debut author Toth offers a philosophical novel about learning lessons over a lifetime. Read full book review >
Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl by Linda Greiner
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A sweet tale in Sashi's series that should appeal to dog lovers."
Sashi, the formerly shy sheltie, returns in this third illustrated adventure, tackling the issue of puppy mills. Read full book review >
Matilda The Algonquin Cat by Leslie Martini
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An appealing, humorous introduction to a legendary hotel through a cat's eyes."
In Martini's debut children's book, illustrated by Mongiardo (Cosmo's Crave and Guppy Gall, 2012), a cat tells her story of her life at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City.Read full book review >
Spindle by Shonna Slayton
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A well-constructed take on a famous fairy tale and heroine."
Slayton (Liz and Nellie, 2016, etc.) offers a 19th-century update of "Sleeping Beauty" in this YA novel.Read full book review >
Jeremy's Hospital Survival Guide by Jeremy Libon
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A detailed and ultimately touching memoir in the form of a hospital manual."
A posthumous reconstruction offers a valiant young patient's guide to dealing with hospital stays. Read full book review >
We Hold These Truths by David S. Mitchell
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An intelligent and bracingly honest look at the possibility of a post-racial America."
A debut political novel explores the cultural ramifications of the first black U.S. president. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >