Indie Book Reviews

Warrior Patient by Temple Emmet Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Equally sardonic and informative—definitely not your average cancer memoir."
In his humorous debut memoir, Williams envisions his shambolic prostate cancer saga as the education of a "medical dope" into "healthy hope." Read full book review >
MISSING INSECTS by Naomi M Rosenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2011

"An ultimately hopeful journey through hardship."
Rosenthal's memoir recounts her restless travels and how she came to understand her family's burden of historical trauma. Read full book review >

How to Be a Superhero by Mark Edlitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2015

"All-out victory for fanboys, though even pop-culture noobs will enjoy the ride."
This superpowered collection of more than 40 original in-depth interviews explores the role of superheroes in pop culture—as told by the actors who played them. Read full book review >
Confessions of a Time Traveler by R. Gary Raham
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A welcome excursion for pop-sci fans, featuring a number of striking artworks."
In this diverse collectionof essays, short stories, illustrations, anecdotes, and other missives, Raham informs without being dry and teaches without being pedantic while covering a wide range of subjects in biology and the history of science.Read full book review >
CHANGING SPACES by Nancy King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"A story that raises tricky questions about relationships between women and men, the longevity of family ties, and the friendships within literal and symbolic sisterhoods."
A fast-moving novel from King (The Stones Speak, 2009, etc.) about a woman's search for self. Read full book review >

WERESISTERS by John Patrick Kennedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A focused debut that's as funny as it is violent."
A high school junior discovers her werewolf heritage in this teen fantasy debut. Read full book review >
The Shoemaker's Daughter by Helen Martin Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"An engaging story of love in the worst of circumstances."
Block, in her debut novel, tells the desperate tale of a couple attempting to survive the horrors of Nazi occupation. Read full book review >
Simple Habits for Complex Times by Jennifer Garvey Berger
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Finely tuned and richly written. A welcome, insightful take on what it takes to be a highly competent leader."
Two leadership consultants offer an enlightened view of how leaders must adapt to the complexities of business. Read full book review >
LIVING INTO THE MYSTERY by Kelli Summers Sorg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"A gentle, understatedly wise collection of reflections on issues of modern Christian faith."
An award-winning television producer and pastor collects letters she's sent to spiritual inquirers far and wide. Read full book review >
SALSA WITH THE POPE by Samantha Wren Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A lengthy but engaging romance boosted by a fun main character and her baseball-playing love interest."
In Anderson's debut novel, an aspiring actress learns to put herself first as she navigates relationships with an egotistical playwright and a New York Yankee. Read full book review >
ETERNIDAD by B. Thomas Harwood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2013

"With a riveting villain, diverse cast, and mesmerizing violence, this epic offers plenty of meat on the bone for sword and sorcery fans."
An immortal tyrant and his soul-collecting lieutenant bid to enslave the Western world in Harwood's debut novel, the first volume in a sword and sorcery saga. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A BLUE YEAR by Michael D. Durkota
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A bold debut, filled with unforgettable moments and characters."
In this lyrical debut novel, the lives of two U.S. Navy men take dramatic turns after they're cut from a submarine mission during the Gulf War. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >