Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved

REMEMBERING SHANGHAI: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels

By Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

REMEMBERING SHANGHAI, by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao, is the account of one family’s rise and fall in the legendary “Paris of the East.”

IR Approved

THE BLACK SUITCASE MYSTERY

By Gail Elliott Downs
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

THE BLACK SUITCASE MYSTERY is the true account of how a bundle of WWII letters sparked a four-year journey of discovery and remembrance.

IR Approved

THE GROWTH AND COLLAPSE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION

By Donald J. Fraser
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE GROWTH AND COLLAPSE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION is an erudite history of the country’s early development as a republic.

IR Approved

COLLECTIVE AMNESIA: AMERICAN APARTHEID

By Eugene DeFriest Bétit
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Designed to counteract this country’s “collective amnesia” about the systematic racism that has marred its achievements and limited its potential, Eubene DeFriest Bétit’s book traces...

IR Approved

UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL: In-Country, Chieu Hoi, Vietnam 1969-1970

By Robert C. Bogison
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL recounts, in painstaking detail, young Robert C. Bogison’s deployment to Vietnam in July 1969 and his ensuing year-long tour.

PLEASE SEND KETCHUP: WWII Letters from a B-29 Pilot

By Kit Crumpton
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

PLEASE SEND KETCHUP: WWII LETTERS FROM A B-29 PILOT is both war saga and love story, made all the more potent because it’s true.

IR Approved

TIGER BRAVO’S WAR

By Rick St John
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In TIGER BRAVO’S WAR, the 101st Airborne Division’s B Company suffered combat’s raging brutality and the occasional triumph known to soldiers since time immemorial.

STOLEN FUTURE

By Stephen Singular
Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

A conversational but factual story based around the controversial Florida count at the 2000 American elections, and extrapolating to today. STOLEN FUTURE is the bar-tale...

IR Approved

POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME

By Dr. Joy DeGruy
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

An African-American researcher and psychologist offers insight on the traumatic effects of slavery, and the terrorism that followed, on African-American culture, and how these effects...

IR Approved

THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT EDGEFIELD: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy & Genetic DNA

By Edna Gail Bush, Natonne Elaine Kemp
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Precipitated by the deaths of immediate family members, two women of color boldly attempt and triumph in tracing the history and providing an in-depth account...

IR Approved

ART: BECOME CONFIDENT FAST forges a key to the gateway of the visual art world

By Aron Kuehnemann
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Aron Kuehnemann tackles the insular nature of visual art and the oft-elusive understanding of its actors and objects in ART: BECOME CONFIDENT FAST.

IR Approved

Small But Monumental Moments of the Past in SERENDIPITY

By Thomas J. Thorson
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

SERENDIPITY shows how history is comprised of apparently trivial moments coming together to make big changes. A busted canon, a job rejection, a casual meeting,...

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