Indie Book Reviews

 

  • One star = Really bad.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
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In Spite of the System

Rating: 3.5
A truly frightening story about mistaken identitiy that will keep you turning the pages. Here is a Kafka-esque experience that really happened.
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A Secret of the Universe

Rating: 4.5
In delving into the depths of human nature and rationality as few have before, A Secret of the Universe provides a new take on the battle between faith and skepticism for the post-9/11 world.
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Houses In My Heart

Rating: 4
A behind-the-scenes glimpse into more than two dozen of decorator Carleton Varney's best, most original, and never-before-published projects--including his own private residences.
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Camelot's Kitchen

Rating: 4
In addition to recipes and secrets on making sensational salads, Camelot's Kitchen offers 64 full-color pages of Camelot, an adorable bunny.
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Among Us Women

Rating: 3
A bold, yet sensitive story of three closely connected women living in the 1980's and a dramatic testimony to the innate intelligence of all women who have the courage to look inward and walk forward.
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A Very Rich Man

Rating: 3
A wealthy and socially prominent family reunites in the wake of a father's aneurysm, and all hell breaks loose as a brother and sister uncover a wealth of secrets about their father's past.
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In the Pink: Dorothy Draper-America's Most Fabulous Decorator

Rating: 4.5
Like Martha Stewart, Dorothy Draper was a preacher and teacher whose how-to books and Good Housekeeping columns provided middle-class housewives with affordable ideas for making their homes more functional and comfortable.
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More Letters From Pemberley 1814-1819

Rating: 3.5
More Letters From Pemberley is a continuation of Jane Dawkin's first Letters novel. We again find Elizabeth Darcy, at her writing desk. Extending from 1814 to 1819, Elizabeth's letters are no longer that of a homesick young woman finding solace with her younger sister.
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Drivetime Yoga

Rating: 4
Drivetime Yoga is the first head-to-toe system to relieve driving stress, giving drivers practical road rage remedies and safe, simple techniques to ease chronic neck, shoulder and back aches.
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A Multitude of Mercies

Rating: 4
A gut-wrenchingly honest look at a family dealing with schizophrenia, A Multitude of Mercies travels from the depths of despair to the ultimate triumph of love and acceptance.
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All Men Are Cremated Equal: My 77 Blind Dates

Rating: 4
Referring to herself as "Bridget Jones' American cousin," Elizabeth chronicles her true-life dating spree as a marriage-minded mortician in her mid-30's.
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Able Was I

Rating: 4.5
Able Was I begins by introducing us to Grey Tigrett, an American college student tooling around Italy for a summer before graduation. On the island of Elba (yes, Napoleon's Elba) Grey, who came to the island with a longtime girlfriend, has a brief but significant amorous encounter with an Italian man named Antonio.
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Crazy Bett

Rating: 4
Her name was Elizabeth Van Lew, but her neighbors in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War called her Crazy Bett. In fact, Elizabeth ran a Union spy ring in the capital of the Confederacy--pulling it off by posing as a madwoman.
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Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster

Rating: 4
Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster is written for anyone struggling with infertility. It's goal is to empower, educate, and advocate for the reader.
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Probo's Lament

Rating: 4
Probo, a young trumpet-playing circus elephant, leads the way in this hilarious (and slightly unhinged) satire of Chicago politics.
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Past Imperfect, Present Progressive

Rating: 3
A memoir written by a man whose life nearly spans iconic eras in American history-from his youth during World War II and his Army service during the Kennedy era to his coming of age during Vietnam and his tenure as an English teacher (and father) during the 70s and 80s.
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Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey

Rating: 4
Set primarily against the backdrop of the turbulent Sixties and early Seventies, Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey, is a memoir of a rebellious daughter who foregoes the safety and security of suburban American life and sets off on an adventure that leads her to some of the remote outposts of the world.
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Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City

Rating: 4
Paris is arguably the sexiest city in the world. But what is it that makes Paris so sexy? And more importantly, how can you experience the city's erotic side yourself?
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Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh

Rating: 4
When Brock Bailey's limousine crashes through a bridge railing and disappears into Pittsburgh's murky Monongahela River, the popular Pennsylvania governor is presumed to be dead. Intensive rescue efforts produce four mangled bodies, but the Mon River does not yield a governor.
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Rene's Bouquets

Rating: 4
Compiled by Dutch Master Designer Rene van Rems, Rene's Bouquets--A Guide To Euro-Style Hand-Tied Bouquets, is for anyone who loves flowers-- from the at-home arranger to the professional designer.
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Toxin

Rating: 3.5
A fanatical right-wing religious group is threatening to destroy the United States from within and set up a religious oligarchy. It is up to a junior moderate Republican Senator, Jake Telemark, and the daughter of a famous politician, Dora Hathaway, to take down this group before their plans can come to fruition.
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The Change Artist

Rating: 2.5
The plot transports the reader from modern-day Canada to 1940s Europe, and contains a wide cast of characters, including Nazis, Gypsies and carnival folk, along with more mundane Canadian accountants and lawyers.
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The 21st Century Guide to Bachelorhood: Lessons Learned Over the Past 20 Years

Rating: 2
Irreverent, brutally frank, sometimes salacious advice for bachelors, whether they're seeking a soul mate or just looking to get laid.
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The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Online Dating

Rating: 3.5
This charming and helpful book is perfect for anyone new to the online dating experience, and especially women in their fifties and older.