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.
  • * IndieReader receives compensation for most of the books it reviews, along with copies of those books.
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Seven Blackbirds

Rating: 3
By turns humorous, scandalous, and lyrical, Seven Blackbirds is the story of a woman as she struggles along the road toward wholeness in the heart of Oklahoma's Green Country.
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Cartier I Love You

Rating: 4
A heartfelt love letter to a jewelry house without equal.
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We All We Got

Rating: 2
A book about the Pittsburgh Panthers, penned by a passionate fan.
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The Doll Brokers

Rating: 2
The violent and sexually graphic story of an independent woman as she stuggles to be successful in the modern toy industry.
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The Shack

Rating: 4
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?
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A More Obedient Wife

Rating: 3.5
A series of entertaining fictional diary entries by two wives named Hannah, both married to early Supreme Court Justices.
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Vencil

Rating: 4.5
Like Jeannette Walls in her memoir, The Glass Castle, Shima does a fine job of comparing and contrasting city and country life through the eyes of a child.
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The Flower Man's Daughter

Rating: 4.5
A skillfully crafted novel that recounts the C.I.A.-backed violent coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973.
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The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer

Rating: 4
A sweet and heartbreaking story of the life and times of black Labrador retrievers, Boomer and Beezer.
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Grant's Indian

Rating: 4
A historical novel that brings America's Civil War to life as told through the eyes of Ulysses Grant's aide de camp, a Seneca Indian chief.
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Infinite Exposure

Rating: 3
From stock manipulations to terrorist control of the banking system, to harvesting organs and blood from suspected terrorists, to ambitious white collar types sabotaging co-workers and bosses.
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Wing Walking

Rating: 3.5
In the spirit of Gordon Gekko and the big dogs of Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker, Wing Walking's chief characters are egomaniacal, but with significant depth.
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Midnight in Rome: A Wandering Mind in a City Eternal

Rating: 4
A coming-of-age story set in Rome, as seen from the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time.
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Eat When You Feel Sad

Rating: 3.5
Twenty-two year-old Zachary German's debut novel, Eat When You Feel Sad, is blowing up all over.
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Claude Monet: Late Work

Rating: 4
A catalogue that accompanied "Claude Monet: Late Work," the most significant gathering of Monet's late paintings to take place in New York in more than thirty years.
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Ferus

Rating: 4
A timeline documenting the Ferus gallery's history opens the fully illustrated catalogue, followed by an interview with Irving Blum by Roberta Bernstein and a critical discussion of Warhol's Campbell's soup can paintings by Kirk Varnedoe.
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Cecily Brown

Rating: 4
With a visual repertoire indebted as much to the classical themes of the old masters as to porn magazines and Hollywood films, Brown's paintings challenge traditional interpretations and compel us to reconsider the act of painting from a decidedly feminine viewpoint.
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Warhol from the Sonnaben Collection

Rating: 4.5
This beautifully illustrated book includes essays by Picasso biographer John Richardson and leading Warhol scholar Brenda Richardson.
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Damien Hirst: Superstition

Rating: 4
Published to accompany Damien Hirst's exhibition of butterfly paintings at Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles in February 2007, Superstition is a visually stunning book that confirms Hirst's reputation as one of the most significant visual thinkers of his generation.
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Jeff Koons: Hulk Elvis

Rating: 4
The definitive survey of Jeff Koons's Hulk Elvis paintings, including an extensive interview with the artist in his studio.
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John Currin

Rating: 4
One of the leading figurative painters of his generation, Currin's influences range from Italian and Northern Renaissance paintings to popular illustrations from the mid-20th century.
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Richard Prince: Tiffany Paintings

Rating: 4
This limited edition artist's book, published on the occasion of the recent exhibition "Richard Prince: Tiffany Paintings," explores the paintings and related newsprint collages executed by the artist over the last seven years.
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Roy Lichtenstein: Girls

Rating: 4
In the summer of 1961, Lichtenstein embarked on a series of iconic images of women, taken directly from newspaper clippings and the romance comic books prevalent in post-war America.