Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

The Parkinson Poems   

 The Parkinson Poems

With her latest book, Jan Epton Seale has wrapped a treasure in a trim package of poems—a model for coping with the impact of steady decline. She has given us a love story. This is the story of Jan Seale and her husband Carl, caught in a triangle with Parkinson's disease shaping their lives over 20 years. Hard to put down, you will wish for more when you reach the closing poem. more...
The Ogallala Road   

 The Ogallala Road

"I found the pond lying still and innocent, a receptive, vulnerable reflection of the sky. This wasn't rainwater. It hadn't rained in weeks. My brother Bruce had been managing our farm since our father died—four years ago now, in 1997. He told me he was worried that the ground would be too parched to plant dryland winter wheat this September. No. This pond was what the pioneers and early settlers had called live water. more...
Graced with Orange   

 Graced with Orange

As expatriates in Singapore because of her husband's job, Jamie Amelio and her family enjoyed visiting the many countries that surrounded the island country in Southeast Asia. However, nothing would prepare Amelio when she went to Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2003. While enamored by the magnificence of Angkor Wat, a twelfth-century Buddhist temple, Amelio was caught unaware by a young girl named Srelin, who boldly came up to her asking for money. more...
Not the Mother I Remember   

 Not the Mother I Remember

While the Beatles may have been singing about romantic relationships in their 1965 hit, "We Can Work It Out," the lyrics could easily be about the generation gap that became so apparent in that tumultuous decade. Expectations were shifting, especially for women, and Amber Lea Starfire's detailed memoir poignantly captures this moment in time through the parallel perspectives of her own childhood stories and her mother's meticulous—and startling—personal journals. more...
Capacity for Murder   

 Capacity for Murder

I love Edwardian mysteries; I love scientific mysteries, so snatching this one off the library shelf was a no brainer. I'm also easily distracted and disappointed by mysteries that get either the history, the scientific detail, or both wrong. I was neither distracted nor disappointed by anything in this book. To use 1903 slang, this one is a corker. more...
A Little Touch of Cancer and How it Made Me Well   

 A Little Touch of Cancer and How it Made Me Well

Three weeks before her sixtieth birthday in 2001, the last thing Betsy Horn wanted was to undergo surgery. Speculative until the time of her operation, ovarian cancer was confirmed when Horn learned during recovery that she had had a complete hysterectomy, the surgical procedure her doctor stated would happen if he found cancer. Leading up to that dreadful day, a flurry of thoughts ran through her head, one of which was the concept of death. more...
The Parkinson Poems
The Ogallala Road
Graced with Orange
Not the Mother I Remember
Capacity for Murder
A Little Touch of Cancer and How it Made Me Well

********

  

Review of the Month


   The Johnstown Girls, by Kathleen George

The story of the Johnstown (Pennvylvania) 1889 flood is well known—2,029 people were killed when the damn on a mountain lake gave way after days of heavy rain. On its way down the valley the water picked up debris: animals, trees, railroad cars, and, yes people. Attempts were made to warn Johnstown by telegraph but the operators had heard so many false alarms they did not post the messages.
more...

Judy Alter    Reviewed by Judy Alter
Judy is the author of fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. Her most recent book is a cozy mystery, Trouble in a Big Box. Judy recently retired as director of TCU Press, a position she has held for 23 years. A single mother of four and grandmother of seven, she lives in Fort Worth with her lively Bordoodle puppy, Sophie.


  

********

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 more details...

********

Latest News & Reviews

follow us on Twitter & Facebook

  

********

Our Favorite Authors


Nancy Curtis    Read Lisa Shirah-Hiers' interview with Nancy Curtis, publisher and primary editor of High Plains Press; co-editor, with Linda Hasselstrom and Gaydell Collier, of three collections of women's writing published by Houghton Mifflin: Leaning into the Wind, Woven on the Wind, and Crazy Woman Creek; & one of our keynote speakers at the SCN Stories from the Heart Conference, April 11th-13th, 2014.

Andrea M. Jones    Read Susan Tweit's interview with Andrea M. Jones, professional indexer, owner of Jones Literary Services, and the author of Between Urban and Wild.

We're getting up close and personal with our favorite writers. Check out our author interviews to read what these great writers have to say.

Now you can listen to interviews with authors as well. Linda Wisniewski, previously on the editorial staff at StoryCircleBookReviews, talks about her memoir, Off Kilter. Go to our podcast page for the link, and check out all the other interviews there.

We have reviews of books by over seven hundred authors. You're sure to find your favorite here. If not, contact us and request a review or, better yet, join our team and write one.

We're looking for strong reviews of books by, for, and about women. If you'd like to join our review team, check out our guidelines.


********

American Women in Their Cultural/Historical Context


To celebrate Women's History Month, we've created a new listing of books by women, describing the lives of 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. These are books that matter, about women who have played significant roles in all fields of human endeavor. They deserve to be read and appreciated! (Special thanks to Susan Schoch, who compiled this list for us.)

********

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!
            
   
Email me with news about your book reviews




Your ad could be here.
Advertise with us!

   

********

Meet Our Editors


Laura Strathman Hulka Laura Strathman Hulka: Laura is one of our two coordinating editors. She requests review copies and manages our database. About herself, she says: "Born and raised in California, I spent nine years in Tennessee at the turn of the century, learning to speak Southern, and eight months in the Arizona desert, learning I really don't like heat! Presently, I live with my husband of 40 years and two dachshunds in senior apartments in Sacramento CA, near my two children, Becca, 34, and David 32, and grandsons Xavier and Xander. I consider myself a 'renaissance woman' with a wide variety of interests and enthusiasms, including reading, writing, baking, dogs, crafts and family (not necessarily in that order!). I taught myself to read at age four, from the back of cereal boxes at the breakfast table, and haven't stopped reading since."


********

Join Our Review Team


We're looking for strong reviews of books by, for, and about women. If you'd like to join our review team, check out our review guidelines.


********

Have a Book You'd Like Us to Review?


We review books written by women, for women, with an emphasis on women's lives. Check out our guidelines before you query us.


********

Who pays for this website?


Story Circle Network supports this book review website, and volunteer editors and book reviewers provide the content. You can also lend your support by buying books through our links to Amazon, the AmazonSmile program, or by making a donation.

We do not accept payment for book reviews.

If you agree that women's books must be supported, please support us!



********

About Story Circle Network


This book review site is sponsored by the Story Circle Network, a non-profit membership organization that serves women who want to tell their life stories in diaries, journals, personal essays, poetry, and memoir. The Network is for every woman who aims to claim the power of her experience, who wants to map her journey, and who is determined to name herself. If you're that woman, please join us.



Visit us on Facebook and Twitter and goodreads.




amazon.com

lifejournal.com
SCN Blog


Authors/Publicists: For promotion purposes, you may quote excerpts of up to 200 words from our reviews, with a link to the page on which the review is posted. ©Copyright to the review is held by the writer (review posting date appears on the review page). If you wish to reprint the full review, you may do so ONLY with her written permission, and with a link to http://www.storycirclebookreviews.org. Contact our Book Review Editor (bookreviews at storycirclebookreviews.org) with your request and she will forward it to the appropriate person. All other materials on this site, including author interviews, are ©copyrighted by Story Circle Network, 2001-2012 and may not be reprinted without permission.