Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • 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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Stewards of the Flame

Rating: 3.5
If you were tuned into the recent U.S. debate about mandatory health insurance and universal healthcare (and who wasn’t?), Stewards of the Flame is a particularly scary read.
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Acting Well to Age Well

Rating: 4
While Acting Well to Age Well focuses on the issues of obesity and weight loss, Yaeger's premise of behavioral change for life can be applied to any obstacle that keeps us from being the whole and healthy person we each envision for ourselves.
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The Golden Ring

Rating: 3
The Golden Ring is a satisfying read for mystery lovers and for those interested in getting a glimpse of contemporary life in Russia.
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Letters from Pemberly

Rating: 4
"Letters From Pemberley: The First Year", brings us to the writing desk of newly married Elizabeth Bennet Darcy as she embarks on her first year at Pemberley, the grand estate of her new husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy.
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If You’re Ever in Key West

Rating: 3.5
When Olivia, a 57 year-old Brit, is widowed by her American husband, she decides to move from New York to Key West, Florida. She considers herself content, until—on a visit to New York—a dashing attorney and a fellow Brit 15 years her junior falls head over heels in love with her.
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True Detective

Rating: 3.5
Seen through the eyes of two New York City police detectives, True Detective is an edgy murder mystery and a meditation on truth and faith in our post 9/11 age.
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Edward Hopper: Light Years

Rating: 4.5
Essay by Peter Schjeldahl
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Buildings: Architecture in American Modernism

Rating: 4
An exhibition organized for the benefit of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
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Georgia O’Keeffe: Selected Paintings and Works on Paper

Rating: 4
Introduction by Robert Pincus-Witten. 90 pages; 41 color illustrations
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Dead On

Rating: 2
Marcus Rydell, former Atlanta cop, contemplates suicide with a gun in his mouth. The reason? Four years earlier Rydell and three other policemen were ambushed. Only Rydell survived and he can't live anymore with the memory.
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Blood Lust

Rating: 4
A woven trilogy of three connected stories, Zoe writes of evil mixed with warmth and passion. A tale of spells, magic and potions, "Blood Lust" delves into the relationships, politics and passions between vampires, werewolves and humans and the resolution of their conflicts.
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ZERO in New York

Rating: 4
This opulently illustrated, lavishly finished book offers a unique English compendium to ZERO, which is presented as an international, stylistically as well as thematically multi-perspective movement, whose history is traced from its immediate beginnings in 1957 to its dissolution in 1966.
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Julian Schnabel: Navigation Drawings

Rating: 4.5
Essay by David Moos. Includes thirty-nine full color reproductions.
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Guillermo Kuitca: Stage Fright

Rating: 4
Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Guillermo Kuitca: Stage Fright" presented at Gallery Met, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2007.
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American Bricolage

Rating: 4
An artist's publication assembled on the occasion of the "American Bricolage Exhibition," in collaboration with Hope Atherton, Chris Burden, Greg Colson, Wim Delvoye, Tom Friedman, Tim Hawkinson, Toland Grinnell, Jon Kessler, Tom Sachs, and Richard Wentworth. Reviewed by IR Staff
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Wim Delvoye: Drawings & Scale Models

Rating: 4
In conjunction with a Wim Delvoye solo show, Drawings & Scale Models. Composed of sixty pages of color reproductions.
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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.