Editors' Picks

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The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies   

 The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies

The marvelous title of this book may mislead some, so let me say right off the bat that if you're looking for titillating details to enhance your intimate life, this is not another guide to the joys of sex. Remember the "Nice Ladies" of the title. This novel is much more than that—a book that combines women's fiction and cozy mystery, a book for those who treasure the look and feel of an old and revered book, one for those concerned with women's health and longings, and those interested in ancient herbal remedies...and poisons. Even goat farms, if your taste runs that way—or the Chaos Theory. more...
Short Leash   

 Short Leash

On an ordinary day in October, 1991, Janice Gary noticed a small black dog in the parking lot at a Piggly-Wiggly in Savannah, Georgia. Her previous dog had died two years earlier and she'd been looking for another. When she called to the stray, he came. Her act of kindness and his acceptance of her call ultimately resulted in an extraordinary journey of transformation. She named him Barney, this lab-rottweiler mix, and he grew up to be 95 pounds, about the size of Gary. more...
The Otherness Factor   

 The Otherness Factor

Reading The Otherness Factor is like having a conversation with the authors. In fact, written conversations are included in the format of this book. The focus is upon our becoming who we really are, stripping away the "oughts" and "shoulds" that family and society hand to us. We need to reach some maturity for this process to begin, and most of us will have had setbacks along the way. more...
Seeing Red   

 Seeing Red: A Woman's Quest for Truth, Power, and the Sacred

Lone Mørch, a native of Denmark, took a job with CARE Nepal and fell in love with the people and the country. There, she was introduced to mountains as saintly abodes and to the notion of the sacred. She became focused on Kalais in Western Tibet. Kalais is held to be the center of the universe and believed to hold the white light of human consciousness. To complete the Kora, a ritual circumambulation of the mountain, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. more...
War Creek   

 War Creek

Susan Marsh's debut novel, War Creek, delves into the dynamics of one family's complicated history of abuse, deceit and vindictive secrets. Agnes's older brothers are far too busy for their dad, Clayt, so they recruit her to return home to the War Creek Ranger Station. It is Agnes's responsibility to help their aging father downsize to a smaller house, and this is her first trip home in twenty years. But estrangement is almost too cozy a word to describe Clayt's relationships with his adult children. The closer Agnes gets to the station, the more the resentful memories flood her consciousness, "like a fresh slap." more...
The Radical Housewife   

 The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century

"This is a political memoir about one parent's entre into liberal activism and the stuff she learned along the way, mostly by doing everything wrong."

Indeed, these words not only reflect the essence of Shannon Drury's debut book, but also serves as a reminder of the grueling parenting experience that led her to activism. There is absolutely no mincing of words for this life-long feminist... more...
The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies
Short Leash
The Otherness Factor
Seeing Red
War Creek
The Radical Housewife

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Review of the Month


   Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood, edited by Laura McHale Holland

If you're looking for a book about sisters that's all gushy and sweet, you probably won't like Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood. While some stories in this anthology of prose and poetry will make you shed happy tears with their perfect endings, other stories with Cinderella/stepsister twists will pluck your heartstrings in an off-tune howl.
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Pat Bean    Reviewed by Pat Bean
Pat Bean is a retired journalist who traveled the country for nine years in a small RV with her canine companion. She now lives in Tucson and writes travel articles, including a blog called "Discovering America" for American Profile magazine.
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Sarton Winners Announced


The Story Circle Network has announced the name of the 2013-2014 Sarton Women's Memoir Award winner and finalists:
  • Yelizaveta P. Renfro, Xylotheque
  • Amber Lea Starfire, Not the Mother I Remember
  • Janice Gary, Short Leash
For information about the 2014-2015 competition...

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Browse through our listing of books by women about American women in their cultural and historical contexts. At Story Circle, we are passionate about women's stories and are grateful to the authors who bring these stories to us. The books on this list deserve to be read and appreciated. They are books that matter, about strong women who have played significant roles in all fields of human endeavor. (Special thanks to Susan Schoch, who compiled this list for us.)

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