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Category: Essay/Creative Non-Fiction

World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down
Bauhan Publishing, Peterborough, NH 03458 http://www.bauhanpublishing.com/world-enough-and-time/

 Review by Mary Claire Mahaney Every day the orange tabbies that we adopted as kittens three years ago show me the meaning of time. more…


Category: Contemporary Fiction

The Psalms of Israel Jones
Vandalia Press, a division of West Virginia University Press www.wvupress.com

Reviewed by Jim Barnes, Editor, IndependentPublisher.com"I confess my pride. I scream inside: You'd better love this man who's given you not just his more…


Category: Short Story Fiction / Artists

Happy Again at Last: Life in the Art World
Shanti Arts Publishing; Brunswick, ME; www.shantiarts.com; 234 page paperback; $23.95 (January 2013) ISBN: 978-0-9885897-0-4

 Review by Mary Claire Mahaney -It turned out to be a gift from the grave, Happy Again at Last: Life in the Art World, by Robert McGowan. I more…


Category: Biography / Environment

Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet
Lyons Press/Globe Pequot Press; Guilford, CT; www.globepequot.com; 372 page hardcover; $29.95 (April 2013) ISBN: 978-0-7627-8443-1

Reviewed by Jim Barnes, Editor, IndependentPublisher.com "As a septuagenarian, I believe that responsible grandparents care about what kind of world more…


Category: Memoir / Cookbook

Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen
She Writes Press, Berkeley, CA; www.Tasting-Home.com; 311 page paperback; $16.95 (March 2013) ISBN: 9781938314032

This is a baby-boomer's dream: a book full of anecdotes about coming of age in during the sexual revolution of the sixties -- with recipes! So many of us old hippies have more…


Category: Autobiography / Memoir

Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA; www.washington.edu/uwpress; 270 page Hardcover; $26.95 (Sept 2012) ISBN 978-0295991979

Review by Jennifer Huffman  A teenage boy’s transformation to a young man is challenging enough, but just imagine doing it in only seven weeks. In his more…


Category: Fiction

Cycle
Amika Press, Northfield, IL; www.amikapress.com; 176 page paperback; $14.95 (2012) ISBN 978-1937484002.

Reviewed by Jennifer Huffman Finally, a book about nature written by nature. In a collection of four short stories, author Jay Amberg chronicles the lives more…


Category: Pop Culture / Performing Arts

The Guitar & Amp Sourcebook: An Illustrated Collection of the Axes and Amps that Rocked Our World
Thunder Bay Press, San Diego, CA; www.ThunderBayBooks.com; 472 page paperback; $24.95 (November 2012) ISBN-10: 1607105659

Reviewed by Jim BarnesWith the release of this book, all of us old rock 'n rollers and guitar geeks got a dandy Christmas present. Author Mike Abbott more…


Category: Politics

Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism: How the Rich Convinced America's Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves
One Standard Press, Santa Fe, NM; www,thefifteensteps.com; 232 page paperback; $17.00 (May 2012) ISBN: 978-0-9837112-0-9

Reviewed by Jim Barnes, Editor, www.IndependentPublisher.com"In its weakened state the U.S. government has lost the support of the very citizens who depended on more…


Category: Fiction / Pop Culture

No Alternative
Kettle of Letters Press; http://www.facebook.com/noalternative.novel; 329 page paperback; $12.99; (April 2012) ISBN-10: 0985188618

Review by Craig Manning “From Sid Vicious to Kurt Cobain, Jim Jones to David Koresh, artists and psychopaths alike were immersed in the cumulative more…


Category: Pop Culture / Agriculture / Medicine

Super-Charged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana
Timber Press, Portland, OR; www.timberpress.com; 256 page hardcover; $24.95 (September 2012) ISBN-10: 1604692952

Review by Jim Barnes, Managing Editor, www.IndependentPublisher.com  We all know marijuana is illegal in the United States, and has been since 1937. We also more…


Category: Memoir / Rock Music

Rockin' a Hard Place
Hub City Press, Spartanburg, SC, www.HubCity.org; 220 page paperback, $16.95 (Oct. 2012) ISBN: 978-1891885-99-0

Reviewed by Craig Manning Renowned author and journalist Hunter S. Thompson once likened the music business to “a cruel and shallow money trench, a more…


Category: Visionary Fiction

The Shadowy Horses
Sourcebooks Landmark, Naperville, IL; www.sourcebooks.com 448 page paperback; $16.99; Kindle edition; $9.99 (October 2012) ISBN-10: 1402258704

Reviewed by Jillian Bergsma  My heart lurched. Stopped. Began again. Over the sudden roaring rush of blood that filled my ears I more…


Category: Sports / Recreation / Mountaineering

Freedom Climbers
Rocky Mountain Books, Surrey, BC; rmbooks.com 352 page hardcover; $29.95 (Oct 2011) ISBN-13: 978-1926855608

Review by Craig Manning The opening pages of Bernadette McDonald’s masterful Freedom Climbers offer readers a brief detour into more…


Category: Visionary Fiction

A Greater Monster
Bedhead Books, Chicago, IL; daviddavid.net; 384 page paperback; $17.95 (November 2011) ISBN-10: 0983864403

Editor's note: Here is a review of A Greater Monster, by David David Katzman. This book is the recipient of the Independent Spirit Award, one more…


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