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

AMERICAN DREAMER: How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America

By Tim Tran with Tom Fields-Meyer
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Normal relations between America and Vietnam were not reestablished until 1995, but well before that fateful day finally arrived, Tran Manh Khiem describes what befell...

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YOU’VE GOT SOME NERVE

By Derryen Plante
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

While it includes a series of recommendations for dealing with people who are depressed or in chronic pain, the main focus of YOU’VE GOT SOME...

IR Approved

FROM THERE TO HERE: War, Peace, Pandemic

By Romy Wyllie
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

FROM THERE TO HERE: War, Peace, Pandemic— which serves as a prequel to the author’s earlier volume— is a mid-20th century memoir of an upper-middle-class woman...

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NO MATCH FOR HER

By Travis Lee Hicks
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

NO MATCH FOR HER, a tale of trials and spirituality, is about Travis Lee Hicks' daughter, Lilli, and her journey with leukemia.

DESTINY CONTROL

By David Garrahan
Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

David Garrahan’s memoir is an exploration of the experiences of a born hustler, a man who converted a difficult early life into an academic career...

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: Scottsdale and Privatization in the 1980s

By Paul Redvers Brown
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Paul Brown, former executive at CDM Smith, gives his account of his firm's privatization of the water treatment plant for the town of Scottsdale, Arizona,...

NO MATCH FOR HER

By Travis Hics
Rating:
0.0 / 5.0

IR Approved

NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE TIDE (Or, How I Married a Lying, Psychopathic Wannabe-Murderer and Kinda Lived to Tell)

By Kergan Edwards-Stout
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Actor/activist Kergan Edwards-Stout is quite the character, and NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE TIDE (Or, How I Married a Lying, Psychopathic Wannabe-Murderer and Kinda...

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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.”

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CALLING MY SPIRIT BACK

By Elaine Alec
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Elaine Alec's CALLING MY SPIRIT BACK offers hard-won wisdom from the land of her birth, which extends from Canada into America's Washington State--from her personal...

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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

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.

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