Indie Book Reviews

Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A practical blueprint for fixing marriages."
A licensed clinical social worker and marriage counselor offers a helpful guide on "attachment-based" couples' therapy and how to find the right therapist.Read full book review >
AMERICAN NOCTURNE by Elisabeth Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Unpretentiously revelatory poetry that hums a comforting, melodic tune through the night, heralding the arrival of a new day."
Unaffected and affirmative lyric poetry on cycles of aging, death and rebirth. Read full book review >

Braver and Bolder by Julia Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An intimate memoir about finding closure, coupled with copious true-crime flourishes."
A veteran chronicles her postwar life in which she became an undercover law enforcement agent, started a family, and confronted hard truths of domestic violence. Read full book review >
Desperate Shop Girls by David L. Gersh
THRILLERS
Released: March 26, 2015

"A welcome new approach to the small-town legal thriller."
Gersh (Art Is Dead, 2006), a former attorney, charmingly lampoons his one-time profession in this lighthearted legal thriller. Read full book review >
Wrestling with God by Daniel Arnold
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"A comprehensive, intensely readable analysis of the broader significances of a well-known biblical tale."
An exhaustive exegesis of the Book of Jonah. Read full book review >

Biddy Debeau Rides for His Life by Dan G. Hilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"An energetic, lyrical tale of debauchery and circumspection."
Hilton's debut novel follows the drug-fueled adventures of a man and his motorcycle. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF CONDUCT by Dalton Yap
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2012

"Measured yet passionate, a compelling look at one man's struggle against the worst of corporate blaming and the hard-earned wisdom that resulted from his fight."
Many people will experience being fired, but, as Yap details in this cleareyed, often gripping memoir, his being fired was just the beginning of decadelong torment. Read full book review >
RED SULPHUR by Robert Bosnak
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 8, 2014

"A fun, esoteric mystery set in early modern Europe."
Bosnak (Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, 2007, etc.) explores the mysteries of alchemy in the first two volumes of his historical mystery saga. Read full book review >
Released: April 11, 2014

"An analysis of racism that not only explains it, but could contribute to its diminishment."
A scholarly reconsideration of racism. Read full book review >
The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities by Vicki Marquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A palatable mix of education and entertainment for kids that will go down easy."
In this debut children's book by a certified health coach, four young residents of an alien planet discover that they're destined to develop nutrition-based superpowers. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2015

"A bubbly and educational bilingual poetry anthology for children."
Occasions big and small are celebrated with kid-friendly poems in this English/Spanish anthology compiled by Vardell and Wong (The Poetry Anthology for Science, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Ride Your Heart 'Til It Breaks by Deborah Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"Troubled romance that knows the messiness of real life."
Hawkins' (Dance for a Dead Princess, 2013) tale of addictive love is a roller coaster of emotion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >