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Shortcuts to Mindfulness   

 Shortcuts to Mindfulness

I'm probably too old for tantric sex, but the title of Catherine Auman's book, Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal and Spiritual Growth, intrigued me. In my 63 years I have yet to discover a true shortcut to spiritual growth of any kind, and mindfulness in particular. It is a daily practice, requiring intention and attention, and reading a 300-word essay is no substitute for doing the actual work. So I was interested to read what kind of shortcuts Auman had to offer. more...
Coyota in the Kitchen   

 Coyota in the Kitchen

Early on in Coyota in the Kitchen Anita Rodriguez suggests that "not only painting but good eating and fine storytelling are art forms," describing her book as a combination of those three art forms. This multi-artist is a self-declared "packrat," not only of stories but also of images, and, I add, recipes. She has picked through her stash and combined the findings into one long, interesting and tasty story. more...
Finding the Western Trail   

 Finding the Great Western Trail

When I opened Finding the Great Western Trail by Sylvia Gann Mahoney, I anticipated an academic text, history, and dates. What I did not expect was all of that, wrapped within a personalized journey of determination, mystery, deceit, and the best of community—spanning Mexico, the United States, and Canada. I did not expect the personality and cultures of 150 years to rise from the page, nor did I expect to cheer for the accuracy of history. I was along for the ride! more...
From Sun to Sun   

 From Sun to Sun

Nina McKissock drew this oncology/hospice nurse in: "This is my memoir as a hospice nurse for the last fifteen years. It's my belief that the stories will enhance people's understanding that even though there may not be a cure, there can be a great healing within in the dying process." I wanted to immediately offer up a resounding "YES!" I also wanted to immediately share these words with so many people who struggle with the concept of hospice care. more...
Murder at Peacock Mansion   

 Murder at Peacock Mansion

I invite you to come with me to visit Kate Chambers' small-town Blue Plate Cafe, where customers always have much to talk about as they nibble on Kate's fresh-each-morning pecan sticky buns. This past week, especially, conversation overflowed with non-stop mysterious happenings. Everyone was buzzing about the fire that burned down a cabin that belonged to Kate's significant other, attorney David Clinkscales. David nearly died but managed to crawl out of the cabin in time. more...
The Bowl with the Gold Seams   

 The Bowl with the Gold Seams

What can make the broken beautiful again? The Bowl with the Gold Seams takes the theme of mending work to a place of new meanings. Ellen Campbell reminds us of how mysterious and important our repair work is, whether we are dealing with shattered lives or ceramic bowls. more...
Shortcuts to Mindfulness
Coyota in the Kitchen
Finding the Great Western Trail
From Sun to Sun
Murder at Peacock Mansion
The Bowl with the Gold Seams

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Review of the Month


   I've driven across the Panhandle of Texas almost yearly since I was 32 years old when I first moved out of the Lone Star State. I've felt the region's stern, restless winds toss me six feet away from my RV when I opened its door during a big gust. I've been awed at suddenly coming upon Palo Duro Canyon which hides itself below the flat-as-a-pancake plains. But mostly I've seen this llano landscape as dull and uninteresting, just something to be endured so I can visit family that lives in greener, hillier, and less dusty areas of the state.
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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, Maggie. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona, where she is in the final editing stages of her book, Travels with Maggie. The book is about a six-month journey through 23 states and Canada on her way to Acadia National Park in Maine.
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Sarton Winners Announced


The Story Circle Network has announced the name of the 2014-2015 Sarton Women's Literary Award winner and finalists:
  • Jill Kandel, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village (Memoir)
  • Susan Marsh, War Creek (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Barbara Stark-Nemon, Even in Darkness: A Novel (Historical Fiction)
For information about the 2015-2016 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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We receive more wonderful books than we can possibly review. Here is a selection of titles, briefly described, that represent the wide range of recently-published memoirs written by strong women who have been there, done that, and lived to tell the tale. Recommended!

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Susan Marsh Susan Marsh is an award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over thirty years. Her work has appeared in Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, among others, and numerous anthologies. Her books include Stories of the Wild, The Wild Wyoming Range, War Creek, and A Hunger for High Country. War Creek won the 2016 Sarton Award for contemporary fiction. read more...


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