Indie Book Reviews

JACKIE by John Tammela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Charming, humorously observed boyhood anecdotes."
In his debut childhood memoir, Tammela recalls his various escapades while growing up in late 1930s and early1940s Niagara Falls, Canada. Read full book review >
THE WAY WE WERE by George Forss
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"A superb record of a photographer's love affair with New York."
The many faces of New York City are captured vividly in this stimulating collection of pictures and commentary by an acclaimed photographer. Read full book review >

LYING FOR THE LORD by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Another of Townsend's shrewd, evocative, wryly humorous, occasionally didactic scenes of Mormonism and its discontents."
Countless fibs, evasions, and hypocrisies buttress the verities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in these slyly subversive stories. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL TAKES HALF by Leta Serafim
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"This immersive escapist mystery should put Serafim on the map."
In this auspicious series opener, the chief of police investigates a grisly discovery at a remote archaeological site on the Greek island of Chios. Read full book review >
THE FLOOD by David Sachs
THRILLERS
Released: March 12, 2015

"An engaging and ultimately devastating disaster novel."
A disabled cruise ship, packed with refugees and fleeing a tsunami, finds anything but smooth sailing in Sachs' thriller. Read full book review >

ELEVATOR UP by Emma Fay
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Serendipity leads to a touching story of loving and being loved."
Three people meet in a broken elevator, and their lives change forever. Read full book review >
CAGING THE ROBIN by Tom Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"A sweet song from an uncaged poetic talent."
"Bird" is the word in this superb collection of verse. Read full book review >
ENCHANTING THE SWAN by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A lively composition, shy of a perfect symphony."
In Schwartz's (Some Women I Know, 2014 etc.) novel, a passion for music brings together a young couple, though they discover that the path to true love can hit quite a few dissonant notes. Read full book review >
Building A Timeless House in an Instant Age by Brent Hull
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A pleasing, educational look at traditional home construction."
Hull (Traditional American Rooms, 2003) celebrates the lost art of thoughtful home construction. Read full book review >
THIS ONE THING by Damian Maher
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A respectable first novel with a solid balance of drama, sex, and romance."
In this debut novel, an inquisitive, determined lad comes of age and explores his sexuality in Yugoslavia during the 1980s. Read full book review >
BY WHAT IS SURE TO FOLLOW by Donald N. Burton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2014

"A compassionate, disquieting tale of a soldier's attempts to leave war behind."
In his debut novel, Burton explores a soldier's struggle with PTSD years after his experiences in the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
If Everyone Knew Every Plant And Tree by Julia Johnston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2013

"An accomplished, touching debut featuring moving insights into the mind of a sensitive teenage boy."
A 14-year-old finds comfort in botany while dealing with his younger sister's illness in this debut YA novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >