Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Dark Lady   

 Dark Lady

Charlene Ball weaves a majestic Renaissance tapestry in Dark Lady: A Novel of Emilia Bassano Lanyer.

Ball's strict adherence to chronology provides the warp of her creation. The novel opens in 1576, as seven-year-old Emilia Bassano must leave her recently widowed mother to live at Queen Elizabeth's court. It ends in 1611, when Emilia finally completes her book of feminist/religious poetry for publication. more...
Letters Like the Day   

 Letters Like the Day

Sinor begins her book—a memoir of her study of Georgia O'Keeffe's lifetime of letters—with a letter to her readers. Her nine essays, she says, are arranged as an interconnecting series, taking as their subject the letters of a pioneering figure of American modernism, "who turned trees upside down and painted ladders to the moon." But while O'Keeffe's letters are the subject of her insightful book, writing—and language itself—is its central focus. more...
The Little Exile   

 The Little Exile

We live in tumultuous times. I cannot remember any time when people have been so uncivil and hateful, or have tried to silence others with their violent words and actions.

I reflected on what is going on in the current day with factions.who wish to destroy people simply because they hold differing viewpoints and beliefs, immigration, and my kids as I read The Little Exile, written by Jeanette S. Arakawa. more...
Resurrecting the Shark   

 Resurrecting the Shark

Resurrecting the Shark opens with just the facts, in true science fashion: "Scientists estimate that 99.9 percent of all species ever to slink, swim, fly, fight, wail, or warble on this earth are now extinct. "The number of extinct species is thought to be somewhere between five and fifty billion. Billion. Species. Extinct." more...
Eat This Poem   

 Eat This Poem

I couldn't resist reading Eat This Poem, especially during April, National Poetry Month. Actually, I'm a fan of poetry and food all months of the year. Nicole Gulotta is too so good for her for blending her two passions, along with writing, in this delightful collection of poetry and recipes. "Food and poetry are kindred spirits," Gulotta says as well as a "natural pairing." more...
Longing for Home   

 Longing for Home

Longing for Home is a well-researched historical debut novel by Lisa M. Wayman. The story begins on May 26,1892 when seventeen year old Irena Marija Preseren, a virgin Slovenian from Austria, arrives at Ellis Island, after a twenty day voyage across the Atlantic in steerage. Her father had immigrated several years earlier, and arranges a marriage for her with a hard working Slovenian man. Her fiancé works for her father at his restaurant in Cheyenne, Wyoming. more...
Dark Lady
Letters Like the Day
The Little Exile
Resurrecting the Shark
Eat This Poem
Longing for Home

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Review of the Month


Crosscurrents and Other Stories by Gerry Wilson

Crosscurrents and Other Stories, the first collection by Gerry Wilson, reads as well as most literary lights, and for me it brought to mind the works of Alice Munro. Here are tales of women in every state and stage of life, struggling with problems common to females everywhere. Though the situations and complexities feel familiar, and Wilson addresses issues that are all too real, each of these women feels complete as a character, responding to life's circumstances in her particular way. more...

Susan Schoch    Reviewed by Susan Schoch
Susan F. Schoch is a Colorado member of the Story Circle team. Specializing in personal history, she is the author of The Clay Connection, a study of ceramic artists Jim and Nan McKinnell, for the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Susan is a committed member of Story Circle Network, and the editor of the annual SCN anthology, Real Women Write, as well as a regular reviewer for SCBR. She says, "Every year, women write fine new books, and I'm glad for the opportunity to read and share some of the best of them, and to support the work of small and independent presses..."
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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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Meet Our Reviewer of the Month


Susan Schoch Susan F. Schoch is a Colorado member of the Story Circle team. Specializing in personal history, she is the author of The Clay Connection, a study of ceramic artists Jim and Nan McKinnell, for the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Susan is a committed member of Story Circle Network, and the editor of the annual SCN anthology, Real Women Write, as well as a regular reviewer for SCBR. She says, "Every year, women write fine new books, and I'm glad for the opportunity to read and share some of the best of them, and to support the work of small and independent presses. Working with the remarkable women of SCBR is a wonderful bonus, and I find inspiration in the books and reviews they bring to light. SCBR is a powerful resource for women's writing. I'm honored to be a part of its good work." read more...


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