Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

September 2009, Vol. 2, No 5

With almost 800 reviews, 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

Editors' Picks:
Every month, our editors choose remarkable books by and about special women. Here are our choices for this month:

A Chorus of Women's Voices:

Women in Other Times, Other Places:

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Cover Stories

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   Reviewer of the Month   
Susan Tweit
                   Susan Tweit                   
Susan Tweit is the award-winning author of eleven books (including the recent Colorado Less Traveled, a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards), numerous magazine articles, and newspaper columns.

Her review of Finding Beauty: Perhaps only Terry Tempest Williams could weave a coherent and compelling story from these seemingly unrelated parts: the broken chunks of stone and glass that form a mosaic, the language and social lives of a colony of Utah prairie dogs, and the aftermath of genocide in Rawanda so horrible I can't imagine what it must have been like. More...

Stories from the Heart V
Story Circle Network
Fifth National Women's Memoir Conference
February 5-7, 2010
Wyndham Hotel, Austin, Texas

True Words From
Real Women

"The central character [in a life story] should have a clear desire line...Your desire is the engine of your story and your desire line is the track it runs on."
—Tristine Rainer

"Symbols give us our identity, our self image, our way of explaining ourselves to ourselves and to others. Symbols in turn determine the kinds of stories we tell, and the stories we tell determine the kind of history we make and remake."
—Mary Robinson

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.


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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