Indie Book Reviews

A TUNNEL IN THE PINES by Lucia Greene
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2015

"A skillful exploration of a tween boy's coming-of-age."
During summer vacation, a boy faces difficult choices during a club initiation in Greene's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF RARE by Victoria Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An incredibly inspiring and enterprising story of a mother's tireless endeavor to cure the ailment plaguing her daughter and others across the globe."
A cosmetic company mogul, philanthropist, and recent inductee into the National Women's Hall of Fame recounts how a rare disease and the fight for a cure galvanized her family. Read full book review >

SMOKE CITY by Keith  Rosson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 23, 2017

"An offbeat, strangely satisfying adventure through a land full of (literal) ghosts."
Rosson (The Mercy of the Tide, 2017) presents a surreal road novel about misfits on a journey to Southern California. Read full book review >
BLOOD FOR WATER by Chad Wilkinson
Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"A dark, tense tale befitting the seedy characters who populate it."
In Wilkinson (co-author: The Will Changer: Unholy Trinity, 2017, etc.) and debut author Cusumano's thriller, an aspiring competitive fighter struggles to free himself from his family's mob-tied business while also dodging a serial killer. Read full book review >
CHINA BUS by André  Darlington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2017

"A vivid, intimate collection of memories, ponderings, and portraits."
Darlington (The New Cocktail Hour, 2016, etc.) presents a collection of slice-of-life moments on a Chinatown bus. Read full book review >

CRISTOBAL by Anthony A. Valleriani
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A kinetic middle-grade-fantasy pastiche that skews in tone toward older readers."
In this middle-grade debut, an orphan learns that he belongs to a vast magical community. Read full book review >
THE CAMEL AND THE SCORPION by C.C. Rising
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2017

"A nerve-wracking, 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 >
OFF THE EAST END by David  Kozatch
Released: Aug. 9, 2017

"As one character notes of Paul's reporting, it's 'the best kind of mystery.'"
The discovery and disappearance of a young woman's body upends the interconnected lives of the Hamptons' residents. Read full book review >
SAINT BADASS by Doug  Carnine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An illuminating and hopeful account of inmate rehabilitation through Buddhist teachings."
A retired education professor corresponds with prisoners who find peace through Buddhism. Read full book review >
DRAGONFRUIT by Malia Mattoch McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2017

"A poignant and promising first novel."
Nonfiction author McManus (The Hawaiian House Now, 2007) offers a late-19th-century drama set during the Hawaiian royal family's fall from power. Read full book review >
WHAT’S HOLDING YOUR SALES BACK? by Peter Farkas
NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2017

"A tough, knowledgeable instruction manual that gets at the essentials of modern sales."
A straightforward, back-to-basics sales guide for the 21st century. 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 >