Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Roots & Adventures: A Prairie Childhood   

 Roots & Adventures: A Prairie Childhood

The announcement that heralded author Lorraine Lohr Cathro's birth was in the form of a book and announced "a New Edition" so, in a sense, she comes full circle with Roots & Adventures: A Prairie Childhood. The book is like a well-worn family heirloom patchwork quilt and is a mixture of family history, memoir, and creative non-fiction. more...
What Went Missing and What Got Found   

 What Went Missing and What Got Found

For decades I've been a visitor to the Crescent City, New Orleans, but always as exactly that—a visitor. I'd head for the French Quarter, the elegant Garden District, maybe down to the Mississippi to watch the boats. If I encountered a neighborhood, particularly one like the Ninth Ward depicted in What Went Missing and What Got Found, the object would be to move on through as quickly as possible. Don't get involved. more...
The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law's Memoir of Caregiving   

 The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law's Memoir of Caregiving

From the opening paragraph of her prologue, Lisa Ohlen Harris held my attention and didn't let go until long after I read the books' final words.
This is a book about two very different women sharing a household and a family. It's about aging and caregiving and family obligations and ...
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The Piano Player   

 The Piano Player

The Piano Player is a historical fiction tale set in the late 1800s. The author, Carolyn Niethammer, uses the journals of the lead character, Mary Rose Langley, to tell her life's story. We travel along as Mary Rose experiences the joys and sorrows of a life of independence in the Wild West.

Through her own writings, we learn that Mary Rose has aspired to find fame and fortune as an actress and piano player. Abrupt family changes quickly set her upon this quest with little experience but with a great deal of determination. more...
Meeting in the Margins   

 Meeting in the Margins

Cynthia Trenshaw spent twenty years being taught by those she calls "the hidden teachers of the margins." Hers is a story of compassion, insight, touch, presence and reciprocity. It is also a call to action. Her story will touch readers' hearts in ways that go beyond most peoples' comfort zones. Few have been where Trenshaw dares to go. And of those who have gone to the margins, few have articulated for the rest of us the profound effect of sharing space and touch can have on both the giver and the receiver of such a sharing. more...
Step Out of Your Story   

 Step Out of Your Story

To be honest, I am not much for self-help books. It seems like so often they all cover the same ground, simply stating the same old ideas in what the author hopes is a new way. This isn't the case for Kim Schneiderman's Step Out of Your Story. Instead, Schneiderman has taken something familiar—writing about our experiences—and given it a new twist: shifting your perspective on your life into the third person narrative. more...
Roots & Adventures: A Prairie Childhood
What Went Missing and What Got Found
The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law's Memoir of Caregiving
The Piano Player
Meeting in the Margins
Step Out of Your Story

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Review of the Month


   Land of the Rain Shadow, by Joyce Gibson Roach

West Texas is big; West Texas is huge. Lots of land, lots of wind, lots of sky, and not very many people. Joyce Gibson Roach's stories tell of this country which she describes as land that "stretches between and beyond the Brazos and the Rio Grande, from the Panhandle through the Big Bend, from the Red River to the Gulf of Mexico." The stories draw us into this land and those lonely ones who inhabit it across the twentieth century.
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Trilla Pando    Reviewed by Trilla Pando
Trilla lives in her favorite city, Houston, Texas where she writes, volunteers at the Museum of Fine Arts, enjoys all the fun a city offers. For years in both Texas and Georgia she wrote about food and memories in a weekly column "Stirring up memories." That remains her writing interest. Since 2000 when her joined Story Circle she has been a contributing editor to the Story Circle Journal and a member of the board. In 2005, she became president for a two-year term. She particularly relishes writing book reviews. She is delighted to have become a SuperNova Reviewer. Reviewing has made her both a more careful reader, as she seeks to capture the essence of a book, and a more adventuresome one, as she enjoys the fun of sharing a new experience and books she might not otherwise have chosen.
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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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American Women in Their Cultural/Historical Context


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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Briefly Reviewed...


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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