Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

November 2008, Vol. 1, No 3

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

Book Report

New reviews of fascinating books by women, about women's lives:

Especially topical:

Especially mysterious:

Women's Memoirs: Strong women survive tough times. Three tales of personal empowerment and derring-do.

For more fine women's memoirs, go here.

Cover Stories

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

• Have you read SCN's new blog, Telling HerStories: The Broad View?

• Have you heard? SCN is podcasting! Listen to Carol Purroy (author, publisher, book doctor) talk about her work and to Nancy Rigg's Story of the Month.

Telling Herstories

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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Patricia Harman
    Patricia Harman    
Patricia Harman has spent over thirty years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay-midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse-midwife in teaching hospitals and in a community hospital birthing center. In 1998 she went into private practice with her husband, Tom, an OB/Gyn, in Morgantown, West Virginia. They devoted their lives to caring for women and bringing babies into the world in a gentle way. When the cost of obstetrics liability insurance sky-rocketed, the Harman's gave up deliveries. Though many loyal patients grieved the loss of their favorite mid-wife/physician team, the change gave Patricia Harman time to begin writing her first book, The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir.
Broadly Speaking:
Women Write about Writing & Reading

"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself... You bring to a novel, to anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. And it changes you."
—Angela Carter


Three Books from SCN

What Wildness is This
What Wildness is This

Kitchen Table Stories
KTS cover

Starting Points
Starting Points

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