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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A Triple Alliance: de Chirico, Picabia, Warhol

Rating: 4
Exhibition catalogue, 2003. Sperone Westwater, New York.
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Charles LeDray: Sculpture

Rating: 4
Exhibition catalogue. Sperone Westwater, New York, 2007.
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Tom Sachs: Animals

Rating: 4
Exhibition catalogue from Sperone Westwater, New York, 2008.
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Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1

Rating: 2
A family of four with two homeschooled children who are being "roadschooled” by their parents, as they drive around the country in an RV.
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Percy: The Perfectly Imperfect Chicken

Rating: 2.5
The artwork in the book is fantastic. All the chickens are expressive and, though everything takes place in the one yard, the perspective on the yard and chickens varies in each scene.
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Xanta Claus

Rating: 2
Santa Claus's job is not just to bring presents; it's to bring hope to children, up to the age of ten. But why stop there? Even adults could use a little hope sometimes.
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The Secret Peace: Exposing the Positive Trend of World Events

Rating: 4
Despite wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing conflict in the Middle East, and such horrendous events as 911, author Jesse Richards presents the boldly optimistic theory that the world is actually moving away from war and violence toward unity and peace.
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Virgil Fox (The Dish): An Irreverent Biography of the Great American Organist

Rating: 4
The great concert organist, Virgil Fox, dominated the classical organ field from the mid-1940’s until his death in 1980. His flamboyant personality and lifestyle matched his outsized playing style, and this book covers them both.
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Rightfully Mine: God's Equal Rights Amendment

Rating: 3
The compelling story of the wandering nation of Israel following their escape from Egypt and 40 years of exile in the desert.
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Love, Fate and Afghanistan

Rating: 3.5
The author looks back on his heady youth in this hippy-era memoir of travels across the Middle East and India.
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A Small Fortune

Rating: 5
Reminiscent of The Pilot's Wife, a woman must come to terms with the fact that her life has been based on lies and misconceptions, but as she battles to regain her freedom and safety, she discovers a surprising strength she didn’t know she possessed.
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A Suitcase Full of Faith

Rating: 3.5
A Suitcase Full of Faith is about traveling the world while listening to one’s heart, even when the obstacles may seem insurmountable.
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The Life of O'Reilly

Rating: 4
Nick O’Reilly is a 36-year-old partner in a prestigious Manhattan law firm. Though he’s devoted to his legal career, there’s a side of O’Reilly that knows, even at the onset of this emotionally suspenseful novel, that all is not right with his world.
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Sex Offender Lives Here

Rating: 4
An attempt at a “Fight Club” type story, set in the garage of a guy who's fallen from society's graces.
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Green Monster: A Johnny Denovo Mystery

Rating: 4
The Green Monster (named after Fenway’s huge, left-field wall)--featuring the brilliant detective Johnny Denovo and his savvy team--will keep mystery fans guessing till the final inning.
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Lulie

Rating: 4
A strong and loving heroine readers will long remember and admire, and delivers a blissfully satisfying denouement that reaffirms hope and happiness.
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5 Shots

Rating: 2
A graphic novel that weaves five tales of murder, mayhem, and action a private eye who can read people's minds.
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The Edge of Forever

Rating: 4
A gripping but scary novel about the possibility of a super volcanic eruption from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
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Barking Her Way to the Top

Rating: 4
Roger Pyle's s six-year old collie, Kukushka, is not an ordinary pet, as she is able to be understood by her master. The often irreverent dog demands that Pyle get her a job in the civil service.
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Sunset

Rating: 1
the story of three different men in three different cities, dealing with the end of civilization. Most of the Earth's population is killed and two days later the dead have disappeared.
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Rock Chick

Rating: 2
India “Indy” Savage is the owner of a used book store and coffee shop. She is unwittingly involved in a crime ring, when her best barista loses a bag of diamonds and bad guys begin shooting at him.
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Magician of Oz

Rating: 2
An attempt to create a classic children's story that falls far short of the mark of a classic.
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One Hour Martin-izing

Rating: 2
Marty and Cassidy Tyroni are a married couple who lead secretive lives.
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Murder of an American Nazi

Rating: 2.5
A a story about a small town police detective whose obsessive search for the truth leads him from a seemingly simple murder investigation down an insidious path of espionage, cover-ups, and violence.