Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

False Tongues   

 False Tongues

"Revisiting the past was a bad idea. Callie Anson knew that..." With an opening like this we know already that Callie will indeed revisit her past, and that we are ready to go along for the ride. It is an opening that does not disappoint. more...
Nothing Like Normal   

 Nothing Like Normal

"This is," the author says, "the story of a family that was close and then came apart."

Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a Sibling's Schizophrenia by Martha Graham-Waldon poses this question on the cover: What if you woke up one day with a family member who had changed into an entirely different person? more...
Twister   

 Twister

Tornados are symbolic of ongoing verbal arguments, fighting and emotional tension in relationships. In dream analysis, they represent emotional upheaval, destructive behavior, and sudden change. I enjoyed this symbolism employed by author Genanne Walsh in her first novel, Twister: the approaching storm mimicking the building tension in nine small town characters' lives. more...
Almost Anywhere   

 Almost Anywhere

Award-winning photojournalist and wilderness advocate Krista Schlyer was 28 years old, living in Washington, DC, and stuck in a disabling fog of grief after losing her husband to cancer when her best friend Bill—also her late husband's best friend—phoned and said, "We both need to get out of here. Way out." more...
Heal   

 Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures

Cancers have become so prevalent that nearly everyone has been touched by the loss of a loved one, friend or beloved pet. A diagnosis of any sort of cancer still evokes intense feelings regardless of significant medical advances or treatments available. more...
False Tongues
Nothing Like Normal
Twister
Almost Anywhere
Heal

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Review of the Month


   The Haunting of the Mexican Border: A Woman's Journey begins with this exquisite first sentence that conveys geographical landscape and way of being in the world. Author Kathryn Ferguson brings the reader intimately home for a personal journey that reflects the broader changes of time and place of Mexico, the US, and its intertwined relationship of politics and people.
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Dawn Wink    Reviewed by Dawn Wink
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.
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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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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.

With a backpack and Swiss army knife in her pocket, she traversed mountain ridges and deep dolinas throughout Mexico and Guatemala in her youth. That journey landed her in Austin working in higher education. Today she works to build bonds between dog and humans through training and fun activities like K9 Nose Work.

Martha first joined Story Circle Network at the Lifelines Retreat in 2007. Soon afterwards, she served as Vice President on the Board. A favorite pastime is reviewing "books by, for and about women" as part of the Book Review team. read more...



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