Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

September 2008, Vol. 1, No 1

Welcome to Our Premier Issue

Sharman Apt Russell

Launched in 2001, Story Circle Book Reviews is the largest and most comprehensive women's Internet book review site on the Internet. This is the premier issue of our new monthly eletter, bringing you news about interesting women's books (new books and classics), fine women writers, strong reviews, and a sampling of interviews, podcasts, and other features from our website. We hope you'll enjoy it!

Book Report

• Big news! What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest, has received the 2008 Willa Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction, granted by Women Writing the West.

• New reviews:

For our latest reviews, go here.

• Especially topical:

• Especially Fine Women's Memoirs:

Cover Stories

• Read Susan J. Tweit's interview with Sharman Apt Russell, and Susan Hanson's review of Russell's new book, Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist

• Meet Jeannie Ralston, the Unlikely Lavender Queen

Listen to the Story Circle Book Review editors talk about the basics of book reviewing, how they choose books to review, and how you can become a reviewer.

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    Sharman Apt Russell    
Sharman Apt Russell is the author of several books, including Hunger and Songs of the Fluteplayer, which won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. Read a review of her new book, Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist, and an author interview.
True Words from
Women Writers
About Writing & Reading

"When the storyteller tells the truth, she reminds us that human beings are more alike than unalike.... A story is what it's like to be a human being—to be knocked down and to miraculously arise. Each one of us has arisen, awakened. We do rise."
—Maya Angelou

"There is no perfect time to write. There's only now."
—Barbara Kingsolver

"From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings."
—Helen Hayes


Three Books from SCN
Story Circle Network

What Wildness is This
What Wildness is This

Kitchen Table Stories
KTS cover

Starting Points
Starting Points

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