Editors' Picks

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My Journey Through War and Peace   

 My Journey Through War and Peace

Melissa Burch's story in this book is a journey of several layers. The first is that of her experiences filming the mujahideen in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion of that country. Thrown into an alien and largely male environment, Burch pushes her limits both physically and emotionally and finds resources in herself that she had been unaware of. The second layer is her struggle to accept herself as she is, while working to create and live an authentic life in which she is capable of change. more...
Basque Moon   

 Basque Moon

Idaho author Julie Weston is back with another gripping page-turner in Basque Moon, her second Nellie Burns and Moonshine mystery. As with her first, the widely-praised Moonshadows, Basque Moon features a strong female character who may be naive about sticking her nose into places it doesn't belong, but is fearless (if stubborn); plus a challenging and realistic puzzle that sends the heroine on a transformative journey, a story that tackles difficult issues, and a setting so vivid it becomes a character. more...
In the Context of Love   

 In the Context of Love

Linda K. Sienkiewicz's debut novel, In the Context of Love, is a spell-bounding, layered story of a family's secrets from and assumptions about each other. Chapter One starts with the protagonist, Angelica, driving her two children, ten-year-old Michelle, and eight-year-old Jude, to the state penitentiary to visit their father. Social Services advised her it was important for them to see their dad. Angelica wants their children to be aware of the consequences one has to pay for breaking the law. Inside she is fuming at herself for her life being what it is while at the same time blaming him for his reckless regard for law and order. more...
Other Wordly   

 Other Wordly

Other Wordly is a book of fascinating words that ideally suit particular situations. I had heard of the word "soigné" before. It's a French adjective, often used in English, meaning: "possessing an aura of sophistication in dress, manner, or design; presented or prepared with an elegance attained through care for the fine details." A perfect word for one's vocabulary I think. more...
A Taste of Haida Gwaii   

 A Taste of Haida Gwaii

Susan Musgrave has a wonderfully droll sense of humour, is a novelist and fine poet and runs Copper Beach House in Masset on Graham Island, the largest of the islands of Haida Gwaii. All of these aspects of her wit and wisdom have gone into the making of this gorgeous book—a feisty feast of all things Haida Gwaii. more...
Watermelon Summer   

 Watermelon Summer

From the moment I saw the cover of this book, with its heart-shaped slice of watermelon, I was entranced. I am, I admit, an "old hippie" and have done the homesteading, back-to-the-land gig, although never on a communal basis, so the story spoke to me on several levels. more...
My Journey Through War and Peace
Basque Moon
In the Context of Love
Other Wordly
A Taste of Haida Gwaii
Watermelon Summer

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Review of the Month


Even Now by Jill Sabella & Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Jill Sabella and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer have put their respective lines together to create a book for current times. This book is a little treasure chest (a mere six inches square) full of catalytic gems that resonate with just about any punch life might be dishing out at the moment. Place near workstation or bed or altar for ready access. more...

Jazz Jaeschke    Reviewed by Jazz Jaeschke
Jazz Jaeschke is an Austin, Texas, poet memoirist. A former member of the SCN Board of Directors, Jazz has led an SCN Internet Chapter poetry circle since 2003. She frequents Austin area poetry festivals, with work appearing in festival anthologies and Story Circle publications. In 2002, Jazz published Significance, a memoir (mostly poems) spanning growing up and 33 career years with a high-tech company. Jazz is drawn to accessible poetry with a twist of mystery and relevance to living mindfully. Photography, SoulCollage®, labyrinths, nature, and travel arouse her muse. She pairs resulting poems and images on her blog.
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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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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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