Indie Book Reviews

THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD  by Kate Brandes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"An expertly paced, moving exploration of grief and responsibility and an eloquent portrait of a small town struggling with compromise."
A small-town family, torn apart by tragedy, must find a way to overcome their grievances when they face a common threat in Brandes' debut novel. Read full book review >
MARION HATLEY by Beth Castrodale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2017

"A reflective, compassionate, and gracefully written tale about a designer that effectively uses its historical setting."
In this debut novel set in 1931, a corsetiere fleeing scandal starts over in a small town, where she learns more about her past and herself. Read full book review >

Released: April 18, 2017

"A moving saga of motherhood in extremis that earns its moments of certainty and bliss through an honest grappling with pain and doubt."
A mother recovering from the death of her newborn child experiences both hope and intense anxiety as she embarks on another pregnancy in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
THE WATERFALL TRAVELER by S.J. Lem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2017

"A gripping, harrowing adventure tale propelled by a complex, mythology-inflected plot."
A young woman must stop a plague of beasts that threatens civilization in this fantasy debut. Read full book review >
LEANING ON THIN AIR by Charles Rubin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2017

"Mad Men never had this kind of fun."
Rubin (I'll Get Right Back to You and Other Annoyances, 2010, etc.) takes on the summer of 1969 from an unusual perspective: that of a maverick ad writer. Read full book review >

THE HUNGER SAINT by Olivia Kate Cerrone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A well-crafted and affecting literary tale about a young Italian miner."
A debut novella tells the story of child workers laboring in Sicily's sulfur mines. Read full book review >
Released: April 11, 2017

"A lively, readable trove of invaluable personal and practical advice for new moms."
A guide for mothers returning to the workplace after maternity leave. Read full book review >
LAST SUMMER AT EDEN by Christina Hergenrader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"An amusing, romantic, and uplifting YA tale."
In Hergenrader's (Love Rules, 2016, etc.) YAnovel, a young woman becomes the summer director at a Christian summer camp that seems to be on its last legs.Read full book review >
APOLLO'S RAVEN by Linnea Tanner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2017

"A complex and promising start to a new fantasy series."
A Celtic warrior princess saves her kingdom and loses her heart in Tanner's debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
SACRED BAND by Joseph D. Carriker Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"An engaging story that punches, kicks, and takes flight, just like its heroes."
Carriker evokes comic-book action and disturbing current events in this debut novel.
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THE IDIOCY OF PERFECTION by Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 5, 2017

"A judicious, agile look at the limits of reason and modern liberalism."
A series of biographical vignettes captures a shared skepticism about the rewards of modernity. Read full book review >
NemeSIS by Susan Marshall
Released: April 4, 2017

"A smart choice for teen readers."
In Marshall's first novel, a determined girl makes it through 10th grade despite her bully of a sister. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >