Indie Book Reviews

Hit Out by Darren Musial
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An enjoyable Chicago detective story starring an eight-ball-playing protagonist."
Musial (Break Shot, 2015) returns with another Max Deacon mystery in this novel of crime and pool.Read full book review >
The Other Woman by Abigail Van Alyn
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A slow-paced but tense story with enough urgency to keep the pages turning."
This debut novel revolves around an alpha-male psychiatrist with an Ivy League pedigree and two female patients who set out to learn potentially dangerous truths about him. Read full book review >

Mystery on Mount Dusk by Aleah Taylor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Readers should gladly follow this tale's young hero, whether he's facing evil spells or a typical childhood."
In this debut YA fantasy, a 10-year-old boy learns that the secret of his new hometown lies with the strange disappearances of two families centuries ago. Read full book review >
The Bucket List Chronicle by Dr. U
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2016

"A charming and amusing account of one man's fresh experiences."
A debut memoir documents a year of new adventures. Read full book review >
Comorbid by Lorelei Logsdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2016

"A psychological thriller about an enigmatic killer that's both inventive and unflinching."
A man struggles to manage the dark trauma of his youth, and the havoc it continues to wreak on his adulthood. Read full book review >

Sir Coffin Graves (Book 2) by Leinad Platz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2016

"A highly charged fantasy tale about God-chosen warriors fighting evil forces intent on destruction."
A young man imbued with superpowers must fight to save the world from the man he once thought was his father. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 27, 2016

"A complete and detailed guide to integrative healing methods by a well-known doctor who specializes in alternative tactics to address the inflammation that underlies many chronic health issues."
Pai, a board-certified doctor in family and integrative medicine who has studied with Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra, offers this voluminous compendium of alternative health approaches. Read full book review >
A Faithful Son by Michael Scott Garvin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"A striking tale of coming-of-age, loss, sexuality, and self-discovery, filled with rich characters."
Garvin depicts the splendor and squalor of both the natural and human worlds in this debut literary novel. Read full book review >
Office Hours by H.N. Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A well-crafted, wistful memoir of life in higher education.
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Hirsch (The Enigma of Felix Frankfurter, 2014 etc.) discusses his long career in the shifting culture of academia in this debut memoir.Read full book review >
Shadowboxing With Bukowski by Darrell Kastin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"A novel about a life spent surrounded by books, heavily influenced by the grimy realism of a poet's life and work."
A man works to keep his California bookstore afloat while meditating on his relationship with Charles Bukowski. Read full book review >
Baby Steps by John Rollo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2016

"Rollo spins a truly nightmarish medical ordeal into a life-affirming exercise in resilience, optimism, and eternal gratitude."
An inspired, epistolary debut memoir chronicling an amputee's months of rehabilitation and recovery. Read full book review >
White Piano, Black Piano, Brown Piano by Paul Francis Malamud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2016

"This book's portrayal of childhood exuberance and petulance, vivid characters, and Eddie's ephemeral sense of melancholy should keep readers hooked until the end."
Young Eddie Steinberg, growing up in 1950s Corvallis, Oregon, visits his maternal grandparents in Los Angeles in this child's-eye view of the world of adults. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >