Indie Book Reviews

MAROON RISING by John H. Cunningham
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Breezy, winsome, and endlessly diverting."
In the latest installment of Cunningham's (Second Chance Gold, 2014, etc.) adventure series, Buck Reilly dodges bullets and faces off against kidnappers while searching for Jamaican treasure.Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"An absorbing read that serves as a reminder to cherish every moment."
On the evening before Thanksgiving, an airplane shuttling Perry's ex-husband and three small children crashed into a mountainside, killing them instantly. This biography charts Perry's journey to, and eventually beyond, that "agonizing night." Read full book review >

The Artichoke Queen by Owen Duffy
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"A sentimental but never sappy coming-of-age tale that hits all the right notes in unexpected ways."
After the death of her mother, a young woman vows to live her life to the fullest and embarks on a career as a race car driver, defying the norms of 1950s America in Duffy's debut novel. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"An appealing peek into a parental personality and an amusing family conversation starter."
A daughter shares the sayings, idioms, axioms, and clichés of her deceased mother in this debut nonfiction collection. Read full book review >
The Gift by Carlos Valverde
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"A sweet, beautifully illustrated story for families."
Children learn how God gives parents babies in Valverde's (The Grumpy Frog, 2013, etc.) picture book.Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fun, successful collection of concepts, thoughts, and strategies about maintaining joy and living creatively."
Debut author and educational administrator Popish offers innovative springboards, exercises, and tools for a more inspired life. Read full book review >
Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside by Quincy Carroll
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A short, insightful reflection on the expatriate experience."
Carroll's debut novel, a character study of two Americans teaching English in rural China, gracefully contrasts idealism and cynicism. Read full book review >
Dog Medicine by Julie Barton
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves."
In this moving debut autobiography, a chronically depressed short story writer tells how her relationship with her dog saved her life. Read full book review >
In Absence of Fear by Celeste Chaney
Released: Nov. 5, 2015

"A compelling novel to tease readers' paranoia."
Chaney imagines a society under total surveillance in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
Based on a True Story by Jameson Currier
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An involving, sentimental yarn of love, secrets, and relationships."
Four aging, gay male friends reunite over a Thanksgiving holiday, unearthing hidden pasts and a smoldering tragedy in Currier's (A Gathering Storm, 2014, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A thorough, enjoyable collection which ably demonstrates Italy's long reach."
This comprehensive book details the impact of the ancient, southern European country of Italy. Read full book review >
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A YA adventure with ethereal prose and appealing characters."
In Dunn's YA sci-fi debut, set in a world where people can see glimpses of future events, one teenager sees a vision of herself killing her little sister. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >