Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
  • * IndieReader receives compensation for most of the books it reviews, along with copies of those books.
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Jeff Koons: Hulk Elvis

Rating: 4
The definitive survey of Jeff Koons's Hulk Elvis paintings, including an extensive interview with the artist in his studio.
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John Currin

Rating: 4
One of the leading figurative painters of his generation, Currin's influences range from Italian and Northern Renaissance paintings to popular illustrations from the mid-20th century.
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Richard Prince: Tiffany Paintings

Rating: 4
This limited edition artist's book, published on the occasion of the recent exhibition "Richard Prince: Tiffany Paintings," explores the paintings and related newsprint collages executed by the artist over the last seven years.
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Roy Lichtenstein: Girls

Rating: 4
In the summer of 1961, Lichtenstein embarked on a series of iconic images of women, taken directly from newspaper clippings and the romance comic books prevalent in post-war America.
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Richard Wright

Rating: 4
An extensive monograph surveying the recent major works of artist Richard Wright, this fully illustrated publication presents Wright's exquisite paintings and drawings.
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Zeitoun

Rating: 4.5
Eggers's riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores the protagonist's roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy--an American who converted to Islam--and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible. Reviewed by IR Staff
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The Wild Things

Rating: 3
Based loosely on the story by Maurice Sendak about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can't control, and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze.
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All American:The Exuberant Style of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta

Rating: 4
Featuring stunning photography, All-American is a compendium of the designers' most incredible projects.
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Escape from Sunday School

Rating: 3
Four twelve year olds take Manhattan on an action-packed, non-stop adventure.
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That Same Summer

Rating: 3.5
From "capture the flag" game to nighttime commando operations, That Same Summer is a magical and wondrous world of sleep-away camp. from color war to judgment night, Ari takes the reader into
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Summer Sleep Away

Rating: 3.5
Sweet and innocent, Summer Sleep-Away will keep the 10-12 year olds engaged and remind adults what it felt like to be a kid far from away from home for first time.
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Spring House

Rating: 3.5
Historically accurate, Spring House brings the mores and manners of early American history alive while telling the story of Scots-Irish families, struggling to find happiness on the new frontier.
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North of Sunset

Rating: 3
A noir-ish story about two seemingly different characters who are both cold, self-centered, seek fame and—who are in many ways—the same.
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The Deadly Jigsaw Puzzle

Rating: 3.5
Will keep you riveted to the page with a fast moving tale of murder, intrigue and a bit of romance.
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The 19th Element

Rating: 4.5
The 19th Element will speak to fans of a good thriller, to aviation buffs and those interested in the evil possibilities of nuclear power placed in the wrong hands.
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The Missing Element

Rating: 4.5
A breath-stopping journey of intrigue, suspense featuring a cast of quirky and intriguing characters--each with a motive into a larger scheme that could quickly spell disaster.
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The Frugal Oenophile's Winegrape Primer

Rating: 4
A pocket-sized primer that covers nearly 300 grapes and wine styles, including a short profile of the grape, its history, its sensory characteristics, plus food-matching suggestions.
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Accidental Lessons

Rating: 3.5
A memoir by Chicago journalist David W. Berner is a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery.
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Empty Bottle Moments

Rating: 4
World-class chef and restauranteur Clive Berkman shares recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts with an emphasis on creating a low stress dining experience.
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Hymie and the Angel

Rating: 4.5
A funny, phantasmagorical and spiritual look at loss, guilt, fear of death, and the will to live as experienced by a Jewish immigrant in Newark in 1933.
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Think Green!

Rating: 4
A colorfully illustrated book that introduces and educates our youngest generation on ways they can think and act green.
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The Whole Truth Eating and Recipe Guide

Rating: 4
Packed with over 100 recipes to helps readers lose weight, increase energy levels and improve overall health.
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Horsegod: Collected Poems

Rating: 3.5
A shocking, powerful collection of poetry in which the author tells his life story in exquisite verse.
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Beauty Marks

Rating: 0.600000000
Reads like a gritty, angry Meg Cabot novel.