Editors' Picks

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Gone South and Other Ways to Disappear   

 Gone South and Other Ways to Disappear

Women disappear when they veer off the path expected of them; diet until they wear a size 4; become an ex-wife; deteriorate slowly with the ravages of cancer. Julia Leggett has written about all the possibilities in her debut collection of short stories, Gone South. Each of the eight, well-crafted stories invited me to continue reading and led me to look forward to the next one. more...
Flip-Flops After 50   

 Flip-Flops After 50

Flip-Flops After 50 (referring to the fact that now the author can wear her favorite footwear whenever she chooses) is one of the most delightful books I've read in years. Cindy Eastman has produced a funny, wise, utterly endearing account of her place in the everyday lives we all attempt to lead.

In sections labeled "Fifty," "Family," "Holidays," and "All Grown Up"—each with a series of short essays—she writes meaningfully and pragmatically of the joys, sorrows, and pains-in-the-neck situations we all go through. more...
Spinster   

 Spinster

I grew up in the 1940s and '50s when marriage and children were seen as the only proper path for females. If a girl was as yet unmarried while edging toward 40—and yes she was still called a girl—she was pretty much considered a spinster. It was not a compliment; people assumed she was too ugly, too cold or too weird to catch a husband.

But there were some women, even before my time, who gloried in their so-called spinsterhood. more...
My Autistic Awakening   

 My Autistic Awakening

Rachael Lee Harris' brilliant memoir is important because she integrates her first-person life experiences with the rarely-viewed thought processes of an Asperger's mind. Her childhood was an intense autistic haze, yet she remembers details with such acuity that the pages almost turn themselves. Harris' prose is witty and insightful. more...
Home with Henry   

 Home with Henry

Yesterday I read two books—one was a manuscript, a dark noir novella about drugs and dealers and addicts and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. It was well done, and I was driven to read to the end. But I needed something sweet to get blackness out of my brain (I'm not generally a fan of noir). I picked up a small book that had been challenging me from my desk for a couple of weeks—Anne Kaier's Home with Henry. more...
Gone South and Other Ways to Disappear
Flip-Flops After 50
Spinster
My Autistic Awakening
Home with Henry

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Review of the Month


   Crazing, by Ruth Thompson

Ruth Thompson's third volume of poetry looks at aging through lenses of nature—drought ravages, fragments of a decayed fish—gently showing the human mind dropping pieces, the human body changing shape. Taking shape often looks like losing shape; we are called here to trust the process of continual renewal, not knowing in the moment what shape is forming.
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Jazz Jaeschke    Reviewed by Jazz Jaeschke
Jazz Jaeschke is an Austin, Texas, poet memoirist. She celebrated retirement from IBM in 2002 by publishing Significance, chronicling her experience up to that pivotal point. Jazz is drawn to poetry that is accessible with a twist of mystery and relevance to living mindfully. Jazz is a former member of the SCN Board of Directors and has led an Internet Chapter poetry circle for SCN since 2003. She is active in a local poetry share group and in the annual Austin International Poetry Festival, with poems published in several AIPF anthologies. Jazz pairs some of her poems with photographs on her blog.
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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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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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