Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

January 2010, Vol. 3, No 1

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:

Four Wonderful Books about Women in Different Times, Different Places:

Three Helpful How-tos:

Two outstanding books about food and culture:

• And a fascinating interview with author Julie Whitesel Weston, author of The Good Times Are All Gone Now.

Cover Stories

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   Reviewer of the Month   
Laura Strathman Hulka
       Laura Strathman Hulka       
Laura Strathman Hulka has been an avid reader since the age of four, when she started reading the back of cereal boxes. Born and raised in California, she continues to read and write from her Delta riverside home in Rio Vista. Her favorite books are cozy mysteries and biographies. She is also an ardent crafter, enjoying crochet, jewelry making and rock painting. Married for 36 years to another enthusiastic reader, Laura and her husband love dogs, music of all kinds, and long walks. You can find out more about her on her website.

Her review of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: Readers understand the mystique of books. Most of us have our own quirks and book obsessions, many of which revolve around our love affair with the written word. Often we, too, have book collections of one kind or another; a favored author, a special subject, a particular format. Yet Allison Hoover Bartlett's account of one man's bibliomania makes us stop short and rethink how we react to our treasured books! 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

"We are authors, all of us, concerned with beginning, with making, with sources and substance."
—Diane Wakoski

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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