Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences   

 Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences

Carol Smallwood's Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences is a vibrant collection of poems that left me a bit unsettled in the end because she writes about the human experience from so many different angles, Smallwood not merely scratching the surface but digs deeply, pulling up both the beautiful and the ugly, the transcendent and the common place. more...
Muzzled   

 Muzzled

In her first adventure, veterinarian Kate Turner runs into puzzling deaths and lots of dogs. She's covering the practice of an older doctor in a small upstate New York town while he's away on an extended trip. Everywhere she turns, Kate sees plots and devious schemes, and she begins to suspect almost everyone in town of murder. more...
My Year Without Matches   

 My Year Without Matches

Would you ever want to spend a year in the Australian bush living close to the earth and using ancient skills for survival? In Claire Dunn's My Year without Matches, we discover the ordeals that await amidst the forest gum and Moreton fig trees. The author explains her mission: "I want only to apprentice myself to Mother Nature, to steep myself in the raw reality of survival, and, like Thoreau, to wander without time or destination, a hawk-eye witness to the unfoldingof four full seasons." more...
Six Women of Salem   

 Six Women of Salem

In Six Women of Salem, author Marilynne K. Roach offers a detailed account of the famous witch trials through concurrent narratives of six women: Rebecca Nurse, Bridget Bishop, Mary English, Ann Putnam Sr., Tituba, and Mary Warren. These six were carefully chosen to represent not only accused and accusers but rich and poor, slave and free, servant and master. Through their various perspectives Roach recounts the events of 1692 in almost day-to-day detail—events which affected not only Salem but over twenty communities nearby. more...
Chasing Chaos   

 Chasing Chaos

In May of 2000, when her mother died after a long battle with lymphoma, Jessica Alexander was working for a marketing firm in New York City and making good money. She wasn't sure a career comparing frozen pizzas was all she wanted, but she couldn't think of anything else. The death of her mother was her wake-up call. She suddenly realized she wanted a job, and a life, with more meaning. more...
Into the Mourning Light   

 Into the Mourning Light

Any mother's worst fear is losing her child. Andrea Corrie's son drowned at age 19. In Into the Mourning Light, Andrea takes us with her, step by agonizing step, as she travels the grief path. It is a difficult and painful journey and took great courage to share so explicitly. She does so to honor her child and to give hope to others in similar situations. more...
Circling Back Home   

 Circling Back Home

In her new memoir, Darcy Lipp-Acord writes about how she learned to embrace the agricultural lifestyle to which she was born. She also affirms her voice as a writer. She explores her faith and motherhood, and the choices they demand, and brings alive the push and pull of compromise that makes an enduring marriage. She thinks about community. But most importantly, she writes that precious and still rare thing: the truth of a woman's life. more...
Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences
Muzzled
My Year Without Matches
Six Women of Salem
Chasing Chaos
Into the Mourning Light
Circling Back Home

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Review of the Month


   On Fire for the Lord and Other Scalding Tales, by Bodie Parkhurst

Some kids who grow up in conservative Christian homes toe the line. Others rebel when restrictions make Jesus seem like an oppressive tyrant. Bodie Parkhurst rebelled inside, but she also learned to take responsibility for her talents, her education, and her thoughts, and she tells the story of skirting others' expectations in order to find herself in On Fire for the Lord and Other Scalding Tales.
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Lynn Goodwin    Reviewed by Lynn Goodwin
Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers, available on Amazon. Her stories and articles have been published in numerous publications and books. Her young adult novel, Talent, is forthcoming from Eternal Press. A former teacher, she conducts workshops and writes reviews for Story Circle Network. She's brainstorming a memoir when she's not coaching writers through Writer Advice's Manuscript Consultation Service.
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Sarton Winners Announced


The Story Circle Network has announced the name of the 2013 Sarton Women's Memoir Award winner and finalists:
  • Tanya Ward Goodman, Leaving Tinkertown
  • Laura Gray-Rosendale, College Girl
  • Carole Garibaldi Rogers, Hidden Lives: My Three Grandmothers
  • Kayann Short, A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography
For information about the 2013-2014 competition...

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