Indie Book Reviews

FRONDS AND ANEMONES by William Allan Plummer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"An informative guide to tending a garden and appreciating the natural world."
In this memoir and gardening manual, a lifelong naturalist shares his love and detailed knowledge of plants and animals. Read full book review >
The Lesson Of The Bees by David Skovron
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An immensely disquieting work from a promising new voice."
The young protagonist of Skovron's unsettling debut reflects on school, faith, and family—and the hostile spirits slowly taking over his Erie, Pennsylvania, home. Read full book review >

A Man Walks Into a Hardware Store by Bernie Van De Yacht
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An unassuming yet potent novel about the power and possibilities of personal transformation after traumatic events."
A careful, reclusive family man becomes unhinged after a chance meeting with an aggressive seductress. Read full book review >
Trawling Twenty Centuries by Alexander Kaufman
Released: April 26, 2013

"A delightful read for anyone interested in Jewish history, museum design, or the intersection of the two."
A professional designer describes his contribution to the research and development of a new museum. Read full book review >
RAISING A HERO by Laura Numeroff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A good message excellently illustrated."
A puppy named Max explains how he's being trained as a service dog in this children's picture book. Read full book review >

HALF LIFE by Dana Barney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A tricky, cerebral action-filled thriller that fulfills the promise of its predecessor."
In this futuristic thriller, a sequel to Flatline (2015), a conspiracy debunker uncovers evidence of an elite plot against the world.Read full book review >
IPPY THE CENTIPEDE by Mary MacKinnon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"This storybook's repeating lyrics and cartoonish illustrations will appeal to its preschooler audience."
A centipede finds that he has everything he needs in this simple, sing-along picture book by MacKinnon (Erpill the Caterpillar, 2011) and illustrator McIntosh (Jessie, You're So Messy!, 2016).Read full book review >
THE CAMEL AND THE SCORPION by C.C. Rising
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A nerve-racking, vibrantly dramatic tale with an empathetic protagonist."
In Rising's debut thriller, a Texas college professor in 1977 tries to prove the innocence of her young student, a suspected terrorist imprisoned in Israel. Read full book review >
THE GIRL ON RUSK STREET by Penny Carlile
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An ambitious and affecting murder tale."
A debut YA novel tells the story of a quiet Texas community struck by a horrendous crime. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An entertaining, if stereotypical, story of a single woman searching for a mate."
In Anderson's debut novel, a 40-year-old woman desperately attempts to find her soul mate. Read full book review >
MACARONI AND CHEESE by Stacie Isabella Turk
CHILDREN'S

"A compilation that's best for libraries looking to increase their offerings about positive thinking and gratitude."
Three stories showcase being grateful and thinking outside the box in Turk's debut collection with color and black-and-white illustrations by debut artistsSolomon and Muffins.Read full book review >
BAXTER GOES TO IMAGINATION LAND by Jenn Duggan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2017

"Lap readers are sure to enjoy this trip into a canine imagination—and use this journey to jump-start their own art projects."
A dog wonders why everything around him is so strange in this rhyming ode to imagination from debut author and illustrator Duggan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >