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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MANAGING BUBBIE

By Russel Lazega
Rating:
4.8 / 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Nigerian-born American woman shares lessons learned from her struggles in: COURAGE TO PERSEVERE

By Tami Gilbert
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A Nigerian-born American woman tells her life story and offers advice based on her struggles and success.

Finding a positive way through the compulsions in: LIFE IN A WHIRLWIND OF NUMBERS 2ND EDITION 26 YEARS OF OCD

By David William Dahlberg
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Dahlberg’s autobiography tells of his battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also known as OCD, a debilitative mental condition that, unchecked, can destroy an individual’s life.

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A husband pens a loving biography of his wife in: CANDLELIGHT IN A STORM – BORN TO BE A BERLINER

By Naveen Sridhar
Rating:
4.0 / 5

In a time of war, chaos, and oppression, a gutsy young girl learns to survive, in this international saga penned by an admiring husband.

PEACE BEHIND THE WIRE: A NONVIOLENT RESOLUTION

By Kit Cummings
Rating:
3.5 / 5

PEACE BEHIND THE WIRE: A NONVIOLENT RESOLUTION is the story of a revolutionary peace program which achieved success in some of the most violent prison...

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With energy and drive, a young man repeatedly recreates himself in: BURN ZONES

By Jorge P. Newbery
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A driven and thoughtful young man finds success, failure, and life lessons in careers ranging from paper route to record industry executive to bicycling champion...

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