Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

September 2010, Vol. 3, No 8

We provide a review venue for small presses, university and regional presses, and for women authors whose books may not be reviewed elsewhere. We are selective in the books we review and choose only those we think are worth reading. If you're looking for mass-market, high-profile books, you'll find those reviewed 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 a thousand 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:

Moms With Heart

Women of Different Times, Different Places

Women and the Artful Life

Food: Our Bodies, Our Kitchens, Our Environment

Our Favorite Authors

Daphne Kalotay Read Susan Ideus's interview with Daphne Kalotay, author of Russian Winter.

A New Jersey native, award-winning author Daphne Kalotay grew up in a multi-cultural family—a Canadian mother and a Hungarian father, a fact which no doubt influenced her writing. She attended Vassar and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Boston University.

Ann Vileisis Read Susan J. Tweit's interview with Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy.

Ann Vileisis became interested in history and environmental issues as an undergraduate at Yale University where she earned her B.A. She also has a masters degree in history from Utah State University.

Our Reviewers

Congratulations to Susan Tweit, who has joined our stellar team of Star Reviewers! (Stars have posted 10 or more reviews/interviews in the past 18 months and have their own web pages.) And to Susan Ideus, who has become a SuperStar (SuperStars have posted 25 reviews/interviews).

If you're interested in joining our review team, go here for all the details.

Cover Stories

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             Review of the Month             

Mother Jones:
Raising Cain and Consciousness

From Susan Schoch's review:
Born in County Cork in 1837, Mary Harris was just eight years old when her native Ireland was devastated by a potato blight that caused mass starvation, disease, and an enormous exodus. A million people died in seven years, another million left the small country. Passage was dangerous and expensive, and made more difficult by the politics of English control in Ireland. More...

Susan Schoch
Reviewer of the Month:
Susan Schoch

True Words From
Real Women

"Since the choice of what we curl up with is often crucial for our solace and sanity, we need to learn how to nurture the talent of selection. Book browsing is a meditative art...Books are as essential as breathing."
—Sarah Ban Breathnach

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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