Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Bittersweet   

 Bittersweet

Bittersweet is Susan Albert's 23rd China Bayles mystery, a series based in the fictional Texas town of Pecan Springs, at the edge of the Hill Country. The story opens in the fading daylight of a November evening when a single-engine plane with an expired license touches down at an isolated airstrip owned by two brothers who are illegally importing black-market white-tailed deer to turn their family land into a trophy game ranch. more...
Into the Mystic   

 Into the Mystic

Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga is a spiritual memoir for which "field notes" began in the late 1980s. Susan McCaslin, a retired instructor of English and Creative Writing, continued to expand on those notes which have become a mixed-genre spiritual memoir.

The book is "mixed genre" as it contains prose, poetry, and excerpts from her spiritual mentor, Olga Park's, many self-published and unpublished materials. Weaving together her own life, Olga's life and mystical practices, McCaslin prompts contemplation of one's own spiritual journey. more...
Five Stones   

 Five Stones

Jennifer Kim's novel, Five Stones, is an enjoyable read packed with believable characters and engaging dialogue. The story, set in current-day San Francisco, centers on the Kim Family. The five daughters—Mihae, Jihae, Soonhae, Kihae and Marhae—are all born in United States, but they are still held to the standards of their Korean heritage, particularly as it pertains to courting and marriage. more...
November Butterfly   

 November Butterfly

Tania Pryputniewicz has put together a powerful group of poems in her November Butterfly collection. For me, the title resonates with all the iconic symbolism of the tenacious and fragile beauty of a butterfly and its transformative experience. It also calls up Robert Frost's "My November Guest." more...
Running in Heels   

 Running in Heels

For those who grew up in a loving and stable environs, it is difficult to image what home life would be like if it were filled with drunkenness, shouting matches, and abuse. Yet the latter description captures only a portion of Perez's dysfunctional past. Written in three parts, Mary Perez's memoir delves into the spiritual healing of one woman who was once caught in the vicious cycle of codependency. more...
Stella Rose   

 Stella Rose

Tammy Flanders Hetrick's stunning debut novel, Stella Rose, hooked me on the first page and I was glued to it until the end of the book. Relationships are thematic throughout: family, friends, work, and romance—not always in that order. The story opens as Abby returns from the funeral of her best friend, Stella Rose, on a cold Vermont June day. Stella bequeaths guardianship of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Olivia, to her best friend, Abby, and the story unfolds at a sometimes frightening pace. more...
Bittersweet
Into the Mystic
Five Stones
November Butterfly
Running in Heels
Stella Rose

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Review of the Month


   Not in the Pink, by Tina Martel

I didn't intend to read Not in the Pink in one sitting, but I just couldn't help myself. I didn't intend to re-read Not in the Pink in another one-day sitting, but, again I couldn't help myself. Let me be perfectly clear, I first read it in one evening because I was riveted to every word that Tina Martel wrote. The second reading was to revisit with the graphics, because I didn't want to miss a single image or thought.
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Lee Ambrose    Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
I am passionate about words! I enjoy reviewing books for the SCN Book Review Site almost as much as I enjoy reading the reviews posted by my sister reviewers. Reading and writing are such an important part of my life that I cannot imagine a day without actively reading or writing—or both! When I am not immersed in "word-working" I am enjoying nature or working as an oncology/hospice RN at the local hospital...
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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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Briefly Reviewed...


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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