Indie Book Reviews

Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"This warm, extensively researched novel will entrance readers and inspire them to look further into the lives of two extraordinary women."
New York Times bestselling author Albert (The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush, 2015, etc.) returns to historical fiction in this intimate exploration of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Read full book review >
The Sins of Soldiers by S. J. Hardman Lea
Released: Jan. 28, 2016

"A war story that's less about conflict that it is about emotion."
Lea offers a gripping novel about the difficult choices that soldiers face during wartime. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"A practical, well-structured primer that promotes the power of positive thinking."
A spirituality publisher outlines a 21-day plan to develop mental practices that will lead readers to a more joyful, fulfilling life in this debut self-help book. Read full book review >
Cocoon of Cancer by Abbe Rolnick
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"A positive, perceptive primer for cancer patients and caregivers."
A novelist and her husband share insights regarding his cancer journey in this inspirational memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A well-styled, illuminating startup guide."
The founder of shares her insights on building and sustaining a successful business in this debut entrepreneurship book. Read full book review >

Haunting Investigation by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Released: Dec. 31, 2015

"Engaging characters, one already dead, highlight this loving tribute to the classic detective story."
In Yarbro's (Sustenance: A Saint-Germain Novel, 2014, etc.) mystery/thriller, a journalist in 1924 investigates a possible murder with help from the ghost who's haunting her.
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Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An enjoyable, violent novel that delivers a strong-willed heroine and a brooding hero.
A determined teenager confronts a dystopian world and an unwanted destiny in this YA fantasy series opener. Read full book review >
Growing Up Twice by Aaron Kirk Douglas
Released: Dec. 28, 2015

"A moving memoir about struggling to form personal relationships in turbulent environments."
A 40-something Oregon man writes about his yearslong experience with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in this debut. Read full book review >
Alpha Beta Zero to Zillion Word Codes for Numbers by Godwin Lekwuwa
Released: Dec. 28, 2015

"A number-remembering system that works, although mastering it may take some practice."
Debut author Lekwuwa delivers a guidebook about a system for remembering numbers. Read full book review >
The Stormwater Drains in Canberra by Paul Johan Karlsen
Released: Dec. 21, 2015

"A frank, funny, immensely winning novel about a 'sex pioneer' exploring the hinterlands of desire."
A coming-of-age story metamorphoses into a global sexual odyssey. Read full book review >
The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"The threat's intangible, but the imagery in this imposing tale is discernibly moody and uncanny.
In this existential thriller, a college student's disconcerting history class may force her to face troubling memories. Read full book review >
My Father's Son by John Davis
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A snappy, sensitive autobiography."
In this well-crafted debut memoir, Davis recounts his early life with an angry, drug-dealing father and comes to terms with the fact of his adoption. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >