Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

November 2009, Vol. 2, No 7

StoryCircleBookReviews seeks out books that tell the truth about women's lives. We especially provide a review venue for small presses and for women authors who may not be reviewed elsewhere. If you're looking for reviews of mass-market, high-profile books, you'll find those on other sites. If you're looking for strong, insightful, well-written books by women of strength and courage, you'll find them here. With over 800 reviews and a team of sixty-some reviewers, Story Circle Book Reviews is the largest and most comprehensive women's book review site on the Internet. For previous issues of our monthly eletter, go 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 Quartet of Good Books About Food:

A Trio of Women's Memoirs:

A Pair of New Mysteries:

An Interview with Kristin Bair O'Keeffe, the Debut Author of Thirsty

Cover Stories

Raffle: Win a Guest Appearance in a Mystery! You could win a cameo appearance in one of Susan Wittig Albert's three mystery series: the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, or the Darling Dahlias Garden Mysteries. What's more, your raffle purchase will help Story Circle members attend this year's conference by subsidizing registration fees and travel/hotel costs, as well as other SCN projects.

HerStories: The Story Circle Blog: The Story Circle Bloggers are a dozen women writers who regularly share their passion for the art and craft of lifewriting. Drop in to see what the HerStories crew is up to this week!

SCN Mentor Program: SCN offers opportunities for self-directed writers working on a specific writing project. We connect you with a helpful mentor who provides you with individually tailored, constructive assistance designed to help you strengthen your writing, sustain your efforts, and complete your projects. SCN mentors are published lifewriters. They fully understand the challenges we face when we choose to write about our lives.

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   Reviewer of the Month   
Linda Joy Myers
               Linda Joy Myers               
Linda Joy Myers is the President and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. She is the author of the prize-winning memoir Don't Call Me Mother. Her new book, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story will be available in January 2010. Through her workshops, online coaching, and speaking engagements, Linda integrates the principles of healing and creativity in presenting the powerful healing process of writing true stories. Linda Joy is a presenter at our upcoming Stories From the Heart Conference. Her topic: "Structures of Memoir: The Narrative and Emotional Arcs."

Her review of Lit: Lit, the new memoir by Mary Karr, is a book to be inhaled and imbibed, a fitting fate for a story about falling down a bottle and the slippery climb back up to some version of sanity and grace. Read the book all at once to feel its full impact, as you encounter the older, yet not wiser, Mary, moving on from the frightened, brassy, and lost girl in The Liar's Club and Cherry. 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

"Books can be possessive, can't they? You're walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what's inside will change your life..."
—Sarah Allen

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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