Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

October 2008, Vol. 1, No 2

Launched in 2001, Story Circle Book Reviews is the largest and most comprehensive women's book review site on the Internet. This second issue of our new monthly eletter brings 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. You'll find our first issue archived here.

Book Report

New Reviews of New Books By Women, About Women's Lives:

Especially topical:

Especially yummy:

Women's Memoirs: Getting There from Here. Two reports from the road.

For more fine women's memoirs, go here.

Cover Stories

• Have you heard? What Wildness is This (Story Circle's 2007 anthology of women's writings about the Southwest) has won a Willa!

• Congratulations to SCN member Heather Cariou. The film rights for her book, Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir, have been optioned by Unbelievable Productions. Read our review of this fine memoir and our interview with its author.

Listen to author, editor, and SCN member Linda Wisniewski discuss her new book, Off Kilter. Linda talks with Becca Taylor about writing and healing, and about the journey to her book's publication.

Who We Are

Story Circle Network
Our mission: The Story Circle Network is dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raising public awareness of the importance of women's personal histories. We carry out our mission through publications, a web site, classes, workshops, writing and reading circles, and woman-focused programs. To join us, see our online membership form.

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Heather Summerhayes Cariou
    Heather Summerhayes Cariou    
Heather Summerhayes Cariou is the author of Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir, recently optioned for film. The book is an inspiring tribute to Cariou's sister Pam, who—with her family—lived with cystic fibrosis. "A testament to courage and love," our reviewer writes. "Yes, Pam's life was too short, but it was also full, and that fullness redeems her story."
True Words from
Women Writers
About Writing & Reading

"The stories were remembered for a reason. Family stories, they were told and retold because they contained essential truths. Life and ourselves were in these stories, whether they were flattering or not, straightforward or opaque, legend or history. They showed us, in one way or another, how to live."
—Elizabeth Ehrlich

"We have to make myths of our lives, the point being that if we do, then every grief or inexplicable seizure by weather, woe, or work can—if we discipline ourselves and think hard enough—be turned to account, be made to yield further insight into what it is to be alive, to be a human being."
—May Sarton


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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