Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

April 2011, Vol. 4, No 2

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:

Books for gardeners and cooks, accomplished and hopeful

Books that help us heal what ails us

Books that take us on adventures

Books that show us how

Our Favorite Authors

Patrice Rancour Read Lee Ambrose's interview with Patrice Rancour, author of Tales From the Pager Chronicles and The Pager Chronicles, Volume Two.

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Cover Stories

The Sarton Memoir Award is given annually to the author of the best woman's memoir published in the United States and Canada and selected by a panel of professional librarians from works submitted. The 2011 winning author's name and the title of her book will be announced at Stories from the Heart, the biannual SCN National Memoir Conference, Austin TX, April 13-15, 2012.

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                Review of the Month                

Water, Wind, Earth and Fire

From Edith O'Nuallain's review:
In her book Water, Wind, Earth and Fire, author and contemplative artist Christine Valters Paintner explores the four natural elements named in the title and traditionally associated with ancient philosophies and nature-based religions. Paintner examines each element in turn as a metaphor for the myriad ways spiritual seekers can learn to connect with the divine matrix and unfathomable mysteries which fill the earth we walk upon.

Edith O'Nuallain
Reviewer of the Month:
Edith O'Nuallain

Linda Hoye Barbara Heming

Many warm thank-yous to Linda Hoye, who is leaving SCBR to work with other SCN projects. Linda has served as editor, distribution editor, and reviewer for several years. Linda, we'll miss you!

Welcome to Barbara Heming, SCBR's new distribution editor. Barbara lives in Abiqueu NM, where she spends her time writing. She is the author of several short stories and a novel. She became an SCN member in 2007. Barbara, we're looking forward to working with you!

True Words From
Real Women

"There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away."
—Emily Dickinson

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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