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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UNMARRIED AND DEBT-FREE: Ten Things Every Unmarried Man and Woman Should Know about Money

By Livia Kelly
Rating:
3.4 / 5

UNMARRIED AND DEBT-FREE offers 10 ideas for how men and women can stay financially secure as they progress through various stages of life, such as...

SOLAR DIVIDENDS

By Robert Stayton
Rating:
3.5 / 5

SOLAR DIVIDENDS presents a novel policy proposal to solve grinding poverty and the climate crisis at once.

IR Approved

ME & MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather

By Carol Gino
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Two writers spend decades asking life’s biggest questions, always with good humor, in ME & MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, author of...

TIDES, TURBULENCE, AND TAILWINDS

By Lorne Christensen
Rating:
3.6 / 5

More than just the autobiography of a pilot whose career spanned 50 years, TIDES, TURBULENCE, AND TAILWINDS provides an insider’s account of the rise of...

IR Approved

SHRAPNEL IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

By Carol Es
Rating:
4.5 / 5

SHRAPNEL IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY is Carol Es’s memoir recounting her experiences of sexual abuse and its traumatic aftermath, her years as a drummer...

IR Approved

THE GIRL WHO SAID GOODBYE: A Memoir of a Khmer Rouge Survivor

By Heather Allen
Rating:
4.8 / 5

THE GIRL WHO SAID GOODBYE is a memoir that recounts Siv Eng’s capture and forced labor in Cambodian work camps run by the Khmer Rouge,

LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU’RE FAMOUS, CHRIS

By Chris Clark
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Welsh author Chris Clark, with the aid of diary entries, letters and old photos, tells his life story as it takes him from Wales and...

INTOXICATING TANGO: My Years in Buenos Aires

By Cherie Magnus
Rating:
3.2 / 5

INTOXICATING TANGO documents the author’s move to Buenos Aires, and deep engagement with it’s enticing tango scene. Half travelogue, half journey of self-discovery, it’s a...

IR Approved

HOPE DANCING: Finding purpose and a place to serve among the Maya

By Leslie Baer Dinkel
Rating:
5.0 / 5

HOPE DANCING is Leslie Baer Dinkel's memoir about what what one person can do to help heal the world's ills, while "Finding purpose and a...

LOVE LOSS LIGHT

By Karen Trench
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Karen Trench's husband committed suicide without warning. LOVE LOSS LIGHT is both a chronicle of how she worked through the early days of grief and...

IR Approved

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

By Robert C. Bogison
Rating:
4.5 / 5

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

IR Approved

SAILING BLUE WATER MYSTIQUE SOLO: SAILING THE EXUMAS ALONE

By H Downing Lane
Rating:
5.0 / 5

A retired teacher and sailing coach’s journey of re-self-discovery while sailing the blue waters surrounding the Bahamas. 

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