Indie Book Reviews

Of Literary Circles and Nightingales by Radka Yakimov
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"A compact, but wideranging tale of dislocation in Sofia."
Yakimov (Ashes of Wars, 2011, etc.) tells the story of several interconnected people in Bulgaria in this novel. Read full book review >
Cynicism by Andrew Stevenson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 25, 2016

"An entertaining, cynical critique of cynicism, mostly worth reading for its comedy and brevity."
A brief indictment of what debut author and illustrator Stevenson sees as the global economy's endemic corruption. Read full book review >

The Last Get by James Ellis Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"A gripping, bighearted novel about four merry pranksters confronting their past."
In Edwards' debut novel, a quartet of bohemians encounters obstacles to their blissful life. Read full book review >
THE GIFTS OF PELICAN ISLE by Padgett Gerler
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A wholesome and uplifting tale of rediscovered hope, love, and second chances, perfect for fans of breezy, beachy fiction."
A young woman, devastated by the loss of her husband and unborn child, relocates to a remote island where the local culture helps her learn to live again. Read full book review >
Letters to Alice by King Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An ardent, well-told story that manages to connect Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and Doctor Zhivago."
A New York City writer and editor and his publishing-executive wife try to keep their marriage together and advance their careers and causes in Grossman's debut novel. Read full book review >

Divided We Fall by Adam Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2014

"A novel about a scheming president offers an excellent read for those who love thrillers or 21st-century history."
In this dystopian sequel, the Underground races to expose a secret surveillance program before the Enemy's final blow. Read full book review >
His by Jaye Wiegold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A deeply religious meditation on how God's love gives meaning to a woman's life."
A woman explores how different principles of Christianity have enabled her to overcome adversity. Read full book review >
Survival: A Medical Memoir by Lorne J. Brandes
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 18, 2016

"A personal, lively, and scientifically rigorous account of cancer-treatment research."
Brandes offers an absorbing, exhaustive true story about the obstacles researchers faced while ushering a new cancer drug through development and testing. Read full book review >
Learning to Walk in India by Molly Kate Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An often inspiring account that should find a solid fan base, especially among those interested in the teachings of mindfulness."
A debut memoir detailing the author's struggle to regain physical health and find internal peace during an arduous trip through India. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 18, 2016

"An exceptional addition to the science/faith genre."
A debut book offers a faithful exploration of the creation story in light of the scientific age. Read full book review >
Soldier On by J.D. Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2015

"A knowing service-drama/romance that's neither an armed forces recruiting tool nor a trendy political broadside."
In this debut novel, a young heroine on an American Air Force base in Afghanistan confronts a minefield of interpersonal relationships. Read full book review >
The House of Baric Part One by Jillian Bald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2015

"An engrossing, research-heavy tale of Croatia in the early modern period."
A debut historical novel follows an aristocratic family in 17th-century Croatia, at the conclusion of the Thirty Years' War. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >