Best Indie Books of 2013


A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"With all of the charm of the Little House series—and the benefit of a sophisticated, adult worldview—Albert's novel is an absolute pleasure."
This pitch-perfect novel reimagines the life of Rose Wilder Lane, co-author of Little House on the Prairie. Read full book review >
A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL by Dale Allan
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"An engaging mystery, and a sizzling debut."
In Allan's debut thriller, a priest aims to find the people responsible for his brother's murder, whatever the cost. Read full book review >

One Day Tells its Tale to Another by Nonnie Augustine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2013

"Poetry that often transcends its own bounds, spilling over into readers' lives and forcing them to confront their own narratives."
Like a well-wrought memoir, this medley of free- and fixed-verse poems combines vivid personal narrative with probing self-reflection. Read full book review >
ROLL THE DICE by Wayne Avrashow

"An entertaining, spot-on portrait of politics at its corrupt, dysfunctional, inspiring best."
In this hilarious, politically savvy potboiler, an aging rock star stages his biggest gig yet—a high-profile election campaign. Read full book review >
RIDING THE TIGER by Milena Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A spectacular novel of colonial China that should put this first-time author on the map."
Debut novelist Banks crafts a sweeping tale of seduction, betrayal and war. Read full book review >

A FLOWERSHOP IN BAGHDAD by Michael Banzet
Released: Oct. 3, 2012

"Action takes a rear guard to the human element in this compelling account of a soldier's mission being accomplished."
U.S. Air Force veteran Banzet reports with a proud airman's-eye view (and some humor) on his enlistment and posting to Iraq and America's effort to rebuild the Iraqi military in the wake of Saddam Hussein's shattered dictatorship. Read full book review >
Graffiti Grandma  by Jo Barney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 11, 2013

"A gripping book with compelling characters who don't want your pity."
Ostensibly about a serial killer, Barney's (The Solarium, 2011, etc.) novel is about much more than that. It's also the story of people who are down but not out and a rumination on family, courage and responsibility—a book that reverberates long after the last page. Read full book review >
GOOD VS. GOOD by John C. Beck
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"An eye-opening, even-keeled theory offering hope to those who disagree."
A business management expert explains that disagreements and conflicts are not the products of good versus evil but of differences in how individuals prioritize what he calls the Eight Great Goods. Read full book review >