Editors' Picks

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Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place   

 Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place

Since the killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and countless other black women and men by police, racism has once again exploded in American media and psyches. As people of conscience, we bear painful witness to the unending violence of our racist culture. We seek understanding and maybe absolution, by reading the words of Black writers: Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Baldwin, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. more...
Pieces of Me   

 Pieces of Me

"I have my daughters. I have my passions. And, all things considered, I guess that makes me better off than lucky." For Lizbeth (Liz) Meredith to make such affirmative statements in 2016 is nothing short of a miracle compared to her perilous journey that began twenty-two years earlier. more...
Roads   

 Roads

Marina Antropow Cramer's debut novel, Roads, begins with a family in the beautiful coastal city of Yalta, Crimea in the early 1940s. It is well researched, the characters are unforgettable, and the plot takes so many twists that the readers is tied in knots at times trying to imagine how anyone survived at all. more...
Mozart's Starling   

 Mozart's Starling

"This book would have taken me half as long to write if it were not for one fact: most of it was composed with a starling perched on my shoulder. Or at least in the vicinity of my shoulder. Sometimes she was standing on top of my head. Sometimes she was nudging the tips of my fingers as they attempted to tap the computer keys..." more...
Not a Perfect Fit   

 Not a Perfect Fit: Stories From Jane's World

In Not a Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane's World, author Jane A. Schmidt offers a collection of random memories chronicling her life in concise, three-to-four page anecdotes. The stories were originally published in her community newspaper and tap youthful memories and adult life experiences. From stories of her early family vacations and youthful neighborhood adventures to those of her working life and her off-grid country living and eventual modernizing of her home, Jane offers self-depreciating and humorous accounts of her varied misadventures. more...
Never Too Late   

 Never Too Late

I imagine Lily King, at the end of her life, "...sliding in sideways saying, 'Man what a ride" to paraphrase Willie Nelson. She has the guts, gumption, and determination to do whatever she wants. more...
Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place
Pieces of Me
Roads
Mozart's Starling
Not a Perfect Fit
Never Too Late

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Review of the Month


America's Best Female Sharpshooter by Julia Bricklin

For almost forty years, I have studied and researched women of the nineteenth-century American West, always looking for a subject for a fictional biography. But I never heard of Lillian Smith. Now, historian Julia Bricklin has shed light on this neglected woman's career, bringing her out of the shadows and shattering some misconceptions along the way. more...

Judy Alter    Reviewed by Judy Alter
Judy is the author of three mystery series—Kelly O'Connell Mysteries, Blue Plate Café mysteries, and Oak Grove Mysteries. The next Oak Grove Mystery, Pigface and The Perfect Dog, is scheduled for September 2017 release.
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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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Meet Our Reviewer of the Month


Ann McCauley Ann McCauley (the penname of Cheryl Bazzoui) is the author of two novels: Runaway Grandma (2007) and Mother Love (2012). She is a contributor to the anthologies Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing (2012) and Women Writing After Retirement (2014). Ann also reviews books for WPSU, her local NPR radio station and StoryCircleBookReviews.org. Her work has been published in magazines, writing journals and newspapers. She is an RN, with degrees in Nursing, Psychology, and earned her master's in Creative Writing in 2014 from Wilkes University. read more...


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