Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Lose Your Mind   

 Lose Your Mind

Every so often, I find myself holding a book that I can only describe as a rare gem. Lose Your Mind, Open Your Heart: Limitless Love on an Evolving Planet by Peggy Kornegger is that rare gem. more...
Mysteries of Love and Grief   

 Mysteries of Love and Grief

As an author, I am always aware of how much design matters. Scofield's new book, Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman's Life, is beautifully designed. I would have picked it up on the merit of its cover alone. more...
Leaves of Absence   

 Leaves of Absence

This slim volume delights with robust satisfaction of visual and poetic appetites. In spite of a subtitle suggesting a broader garden, the plants here are trees. Some are wild, some perhaps in gardens. Affection for trees is evident, although the poetry extends into very human themes. You may well come away from this book with a deeper appreciation of trees and their relevance to human lives. more...
Encounters on the Front Line   

 Encounters on the Front Line

When I began reading Elaine Harvey's memoir about her time in Cambodia working for the International Red Cross, I couldn't help but think about what I was doing in 1980. I was joining other feminists to volunteer at a rape crisis center in my own city. We called it "working on the front line," however, since reading Harvey's memoir, I see that the "front line" she chose was a very dangerous place. more...
The Bitter End   

 The Bitter End

Linda Hall's second Em Ridge mystery, The Bitter End, left me hoping the third in the series, due out this year, was already on the book shelves. Following on the heels of her first book, Night Watch, with female boat Captain Ridge as the protagonist, this mystery kept me in suspense and turning pages all the way to the end. more...
The Wheel of the Year   

 The Wheel of the Year

I stuck some seeds in my pocket before this morning's walk. When I saw a lonely place, I tossed a few across. I'll never know if they will take root, but I know that I put them there. Unusual behavior for a city dweller? Yes, and I thank Linda Hasselstrom and The Wheel of the Year: A Writer's Workbook for my inspiration. more...
Lose Your Mind
Mysteries of Love and Grief
Leaves of Absence
Encounters on the Front Line
The Bitter End
The Wheel of the Year

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Review of the Month


   Are you drawn to the subdued hues and extreme contrasts of the desert Southwest? This novel may appeal to you, for the author describes in artful detail the arid landscapes of New Mexico and Arizona. In Desert Daughter, Nancy Key Roeder paints a picture of the place she grew up and returns to live, through the eyes of her fictional character, Linda.
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Martha Meacham    Reviewed by Martha Meacham
Martha Meacham has a home nestled in motts of live oak and clumps of junipers on a piece of hardscrabble land southwest of Austin. The Texas Hill Country reminds her of the rolling ridges of upstate New York where she grew up before leaving for college in Mexico.
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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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Khadijah Lacina Dawn Wink is an educator and writer whose work explores the tensions and beauty of language, culture, and place. Dawn grew up on a cattle ranch in the San Pedro River Valley in southeastern Arizona. During high school, she spent a year living in Chihuahua, Mexico and went on to receive a BA in International Relations, Spanish, and German at the University of California/Davis, living and studying in Spain and Germany. Dawn received her Masters in Bilingual Education from California State University/Sacramento. read more...


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