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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BEYOND BARRIERS

By Anne Davey Koomans
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

BEYOND BARRIERS, by Anne Davey Koomans, is the touching but slightly disorganized story of Dave Davey, a man who devoted his life to helping others.

IR Approved

THE PRISON WITHIN: A Memoir of Breaking Free

By Don Cummins
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Don Cummins presents in raw and painful detail his past history of drug abuse, addiction, prison, with attempt after attempt to get clean ending in...

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

DAISY HAS AUTISM

By Aaron J. Wright
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In Aaron J. Wright’s IRDA Winning memoir, DAISY HAS AUTISM, not only is Arthur and Annie Russell's daughter autistic, so is the family's black lab.

EIGHTY YEARS IN THE MAKING

By Rose Anna Crawford
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

In the memoir EIGHTY YEARS IN THE MAKING, a woman recounts her coming-of-age in Scotland during World War II while her father is stationed in...

IR Approved

A BAGFUL OF KITTENS HEADED TO THE LAKE

By Cathy Carlton Hews
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A BAGFUL OF KITTENS HEADED TO THE LAKE is a collection of personal essays of a daughter as Alzheimer’s robs her of the father she’s...

IR Approved

I WILL WRITE LOUDLY SO YOU CAN HEAR ME

By Karyn M. Bruce
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

I WILL WRITE LOUDLY SO YOU CAN HEAR ME recounts Karyn M. Bruce's life story in a series of poems about abuse, loneliness, resilience, and...

IR Approved

DOES SHE THINK OF ME

By Cathy Thrun
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

DOES SHE THINK OF ME by Cathy Williams-Thrun is one woman's discovery of what teenage birth mothers, adoptive families, and sorrowful choices made long ago...

IR Approved

A SINGLE DESPERATE PRAYER

By Ludmila Ritz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

An honest, sometimes raw, account of a young girl’s first years as a street kid that is both heartbreaking and life-affirming – A SINGLE DESPERATE...

IR Approved

THE SURVIVOR STORY OF ARNELLE

By Arnelle Cruz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE SURVIVOR STORY OF ARNELLE by Arnelle Cruz details the events of one woman's somewhat traumatic life, and how she lived to tell the tale.

IR Approved

STARGAZER

By David Scott
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

David Scott's STARGAZER is a memoir filled with stories about growing up in mid-century, rural Australia and its movie-theater industry.

IR Approved

FROM RATS TO CADILLACS

By Fred Anthony Lamac
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

FROM RATS TO CADILLACS by Fred Anthony Lemac is a trip down memory lane from the point of view of one old-timer who has seen...

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