Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

March 2010, Vol. 3, No 3

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:

Especially for young adults

Especially artful

Especially mysterious

Cover Stories

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   Review of the Month   

Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz

From Judith Helburn's review: Imagine this. A dumpy elderly widow, Mrs. Moskowitz, who has trouble remembering everyday needs heads out of her apartment for a little grocery shopping. A neurotic young woman, Natalie, obsessing with guilt about how she didn't attend to her mother before her mother's death hurries to work. They collide and a fairy tale is born. A happy fairy tale. More...

Judith Helburn

Welcome Our New Editors!

Susan Andrus says that she is "an energetic person who loves to read, write, walk, paint, teach, and play cello" and that she has time for all those wonderful extras because she doesn't have a TV.

Laura Strathman Hulka taught herself to read from the back of cereal boxes when she was four years old and hasn't stopped reading since. Her favorite genres are cozy mysteries, historical fiction, and biography.

You can read more about all of our editors here.

True Words From
Real Women

"All books are either dreams or swords."
—Amy Lowell

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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