Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

January 2011, Vol. 4, No 1

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:

Tough Tales from Strong Women

Books to grow old(er) with

Books to think with

Books to escape with

Our Favorite Authors

Christina Baldwin Read Susan Wittig Albert's interview with Christina Baldwin, author of Life's Companion and Storycatcher.

Our Reviewers

Congratulations to Mary Ann Moore on becoming a StarBurst Reviewer (StarBurst have posted 50 or more reviews/interviews.) Mary Ann writes: "I am a poet, writer and creativity facilitator in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Ever since carrying them around, for the feel and smell of them, I have loved books.before I had yet learned to read! Writing book reviews comes out of my life-long love of sharing stories." (more)

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                Review of the Month                

Keepers of the Trees:
A Guide to Re-Greening North America

From Mary Ann Moore's review:
"I have always been fascinated by the living ecosystem that holds my life," Linnea writes in her introduction to Keepers of the Trees. When she hiked in the White Mountains, between California and Nevada, and saw bristlecone pines for the first time, she wanted everyone to see what she saw and to understand what she had come to learn about their significance. More...

Mary Ann Moore
Reviewer of the Month:
Mary Ann Moore

Susan Ideus Judy Miller
Book Learning:
SCBR's HerStories Bloggers

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True Words From
Real Women

"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself... You bring to a novel, to anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. And it changes you."
—Angela Carter

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

Who We Are

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