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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SCARS AMONG US

By C.S. Hunt
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

SCARS AMONG US is a candid reflection on lessons learned through a life of pain.

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WINCHELL PRICE MASTER PAINTER

By Kevin Robert Turner
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

WINCHELL PRICE MASTER PAINTER is a personal look at both the art and the life of a talented, but idiosyncratic artist, through commentary on his...

PUTTING CALIFORNIA ON THE MAP

By David Carle
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Learn about the man behind California’s surveying in PUTTING CALIFORNIA ON THE MAP: VON SCHMIDT’S LINES.

IR Approved

SHACKLED: A JOURNEY FROM POLITICAL IMPRISONMENT TO FREEDOM

By Adam Siddiq
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

After a coup in Afghanistan puts his family on the wrong side of ruthless power, six-year-old Khaled Siddiq and his family endure years of political...

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IN MY FATHER’S SHADOW

By John M. Tabor
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

IN MY FATHER’S SHADOW commemorates the life of a man who made a big difference by doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

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MANAGING BUBBIE

By Russel Lazega
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A stubborn Holocaust survivor befuddles her family’s attempts to manage her twilight years.

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JUST WHERE THEY WANTED TO BE

By Ellen Sollinger Walker
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Ellen Sollinger Walker’s chronicle of her parents leaving the stability of suburbia for high adventure on the seas.

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WHY THEY STAY: SEX SCANDALS, DEALS AND HIDDEN AGENDAS OF NINE POLITICAL WIVES

By Anne Michaud
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Politics from a fresh angle, WHY THEY STAY offers a slightly cynical yet deeply affecting take on nine powerful relationships, examining philandering husbands and the...

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#eSociety: In the Digital Age, No One Should Be Left Behind

By David Barker
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Part memoir, part clarion call, #eSociety makes an impressive argument for how to democratize the tech industry for all classes.

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APPOINTMENT WITH YESTERDAY: A Novel in Four Parts

By Christopher Stratakis
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In this fictionalized memoir based on the author's life, young Yanni Sitakos grows up on the Greek island of Erytha, raised by his grandparents and...

MADAME BEY’S: HOME TO BOXING LEGENDS

By Gene Pantalone
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

An in-depth look at an unheralded female boxing trainer, and the cast of characters that defined her.

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A means to coping with sexual abuse by rejecting touch in: HUNGRY FOR TOUCH

By Laureen Marie Peltier
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

With the help of an unconventional psychiatrist, a woman struggles to recover from childhood sexual abuse.

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