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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Backyard Deer Hunting 

Rating: 4
In a single volume, prize-winning author Wm. Hovey Smith explains every aspect of deer hunting-- from finding deer and getting a license to hunt to cooking it for your family.
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Practical Bowfishing

Rating: 4
Expert bowfisherman William Hovey Smith explores every aspect of the challenging and exciting sport of bowfishing.
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All About Motherhood: "A Mom for All Seasons" and Other Essays

Rating: 4
All About Motherhood charts the interior journey women make when they give birth and take on the most demanding and dynamic role of their lives.
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Alexander and the Moon: A Storybook

Rating: 4
Alexander and the Moon is a storybook written in the throes of chemotherapy by pediatric cancer survivor Max Ritvo and is illustrated by undergraduates at Yale University, who received funding for the project from the prestigious Louis Sudler Art Grant.
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To Love Mercy

Rating: 3.5
To Love Mercy takes place in racially segregated Chicago, circa 1948. Most African-Americans live in poverty, are denied upward mobility, and must deal with the prejudice of white people. The book is filled with authentic detail and prominent figures of the period and nothing is white-washed.
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Happiness Is No Laughing Matter

Rating: 4
Starting in 1959 when he was a young student, Marshall Yaeger takes us through his evolution as a writer, actor and theater director. A deeply personal work, he comments on his own accomplishments, his failures and disappointments and—by coming to terms with his homosexuality—his slow discovery of his true self.
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Kandide and the Secret of the Mists, The Calabiyau Chronicles, Book 1

Rating: 3.5
Perfect for the 8-12 year old set, the book tells the story of Kandide, whose perfect childhood is ruined when her wing is injured and she is segregated with the rest of the Imperfect fairies.
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Time Will Tell

Rating: 4
The year is 2133 and the Nazis control the world. Four scientists are pressured to complete a Time Travel project in time for the 200th anniversary of Hitler's coming to power.
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Swallow

Rating: 3
In this well-paced, semi-autobiographical novel, the protagonist's journey of self-discovery threatens to destroy her perfectly mapped-out life as a sophisticated and successful New York attorney.
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Ball Crazy

Rating: 4
Delves into the the obsession with baseball and makes it easily relatable for the unfamiliar reader, highlighting the emotional highs and lows of watching and playing the game.
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The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley

Rating: 3
Father Brad Karelius traverses the land of the Paiute Indian tribes, the earth now barren where families once walked. He also takes us inside his own walls--describing his family and their challenges in dealing with his son Erik's seizures.
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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.