Indie Book Reviews

A Spirit of Charity by Mike King
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 31, 2016

"A searing and sobering indictment of the public health care system that highlights the inequality of treatment."
In the spirit of investigative journalism, this assessment of public hospitals paints a grim picture of health care for the poor in America. Read full book review >
Judo: Seven Steps to Black Belt by Rodolfo Tello
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A lean, direct introductory text for readers interested in judo culture and practice."
Tello (Social Safeguards, 2015, etc.) describes the basic concepts and techniques of judo in this introductory work of nonfiction.Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 24, 2016

"Illuminating, if quirky at times; insightful, eye-opening observations about the interplay of teachers and students in the classroom."
A refresher course in Transactional Analysis emphasizes its application to the classroom. Read full book review >
Ava's Grateful Bears by Douglas P. Bratt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A kids' book that adults, and especially fans of the Grateful Dead, will be able to valuably share with the youngsters in their lives."
A box of Grateful Dead bear dollsbrings a grandfather and granddaughter closer in this retelling of a true family story by debut author Bratt and debut artist High. Read full book review >
Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight by Ilene B. Benator
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A laudable mystery that starts tangled and slowly unravels—with not one but two twists at the end."
A man wrongly convicted of murder feigns a mental disorder, giving him time in a psychiatric facility to concoct a scheme for clearing his name, in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

The Unspeakable by Peter Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2014

"An impressive tale, written in a sure-handed style, that vividly exposes the heavy personal and cultural costs of racism."
A debut novel details a betrayal in apartheid South Africa. Read full book review >
Bella Bella by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An impressive sequel about an aquatic journey that stands on its own while building on the first trip."
London (Foggy Goes to the Library, 2015, etc.) resumes the middle-grade adventures of his boating enthusiasts, this time along the Pacific Northwest coast.Read full book review >
The Adventures of Maesee Peek by Janet Hébert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2016

"An absolute delight, featuring a quirky, resourceful doll heroine."
In Hébert's illustrated debut children's book, a cloth doll with a special gold monocle, watch, and bustle gets lost and goes on adventures. Read full book review >

"An excellent supplement to any bar-examination study regimen."
In his first book, author Donnelly provides a general tutorial for the aspiring lawyer studying for the bar exam. Read full book review >
I Am Awesome! by Mary Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A well-crafted resource for youngsters and anyone else interested in personal self-improvement."
A fun debut workbook to help tweens and teens develop self-esteem, created by former health and physical education instructor Richards. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An effective translation of a series that gives eye-opening glimpses into the lives of the comfortable middle-class in Germany between the world wars."
A young woman ventures into the adult world in this vintage German novel. Read full book review >
Mimi Plus Two by Whitney Dineen
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A charming tale of marriage, motherhood, an extended family, and a royal one."
Having a fiance/baby daddy who's a relative of the royal family ratchets up a young woman's stress level as she makes plans to get married and give birth in this chick-lit romp. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >