Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

September 2011, Vol. 4, No 3

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 that show us how

Books that tell us why and what we need to know

Books about books and writers

Books about brave women

Books about women of mystery

Our Favorite Authors

Katherine Durack Read Susan J. Tweit's interview with Katherine Durack, author of Urban Dwellings & Unmentionables

Our Reviewers

• Reviewer Judy M. Miller has written and micro-published an e-guide for adoptive parents: What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween. And, her essay, "Emergence" has been published in Sensational Journeys: 48 Personal Stories of Sensory Processing Disorder.

• Reviewer Khadijah A.'s new book My Home, My Path has been released in print and soon in a Kindle version. It is a comprehensive guide for Muslim women regarding the essential place and crucial role of women in Islam, according the Qur'aan and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad. Khadijah's book, A Slice of Summer: A Children's Poetry Book of Colors, was released in July.

• Reviewer Susan J. Tweit's audio essay collection, Wildlives: Celebrating the World Around Us, has won the 2011 Colorado Authors League award for essays.

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

Cover Stories

Stories From the HeartStories From the Heart VI. Plan now to join us at the Wyndham Hotel in Austin, Texas on April 13-15, 2012 for a unique and exciting event: the sixth national women's memoir conference of the Story Circle Network! Come, learn, share, celebrate with us as we honor our stories!

If you have an idea for a workshop, we'd love to see it. Check out our Call for Presenters. Presenters will be featured on our website, in our nationally-distributed eletters, and in the Story Circle Journal. This is an excellent opportunity to gain national attention for your work. The deadline for proposals is September 15.

Our Friday night keynote speaker for the event is Gail Straub, acclaimed author of the memoir Returning to My Mother's House, and our Sunday lunch speaker is Susan J. Tweit, award-winning author of Walking Nature Home. The conference will be loaded with extras and the Austin area is known for its April wildflowers (the bluebonnets are a bonus we've arranged just for you). We're looking forward to an exciting weekend at the Wyndham and hope you will join us.

• Here at SCBR, we always receive more wonderful books than we can possibly review. So we've created a new feature on our website: a section called Briefly Reviewed, a selection of titles, briefly described, that represent the wide range of recently-published memoirs written by strong women who have been there, done that, and lived to tell the tale. Recommended for your reading pleasure!

Advertising your book at SCBR. We are now posting carefully selected ads on our website.books and writing-related activities that we're confident you will enjoy. If you are a new author, please consider StoryCircleBookReviews as a part of your promotional efforts. Promotion on our site will allow you to take advantage of SCN's growing reputation as a unique member of the international community of women writers. Details to come.

SCN Online Classes: The Story Circle Network offers the only online lifewriting program designed exclusively for women. We teach general writing skills, organization, and critical editing, as well as technical skills in book design and development, online marketing, blogging, and other Internet-related activities. Through our Mentor Program, we can connect you with a helpful mentor who will provides you with individually tailored, constructive assistance designed to help you strengthen your writing, sustain your efforts, and complete your projects. For full class listings, faculty bios, enrollment, and more, visit our website.

HerStories and One Woman's Day. SCN hosts two blogs and dozens of bloggers. The HerStories bloggers are a dozen women writers and teachers who regularly share their passion for the how-to and why, the art and craft of lifewriting. The One Woman's Day bloggers share occasional stories of the special days of their lives. If you're a member and would like to contribute to OWD, visit the blog and see how to get involved.

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                Review of the Month                

What We Have

From Janet Caplan's review:
What We Have is a recounting of the author's life as it relates to the legacy passed on to her through the women in her mother's family. Ovarian cancer was the cause of death of her grandmother, great aunts and aunts.all before the age of 45. Boesky's mother died, in her late fifties, of breast cancer as a result of genetic mutation.

Janet Caplan
Reviewer of the Month:
Janet Caplan

SCN is proud to announce a new literary award to be granted to an outstanding woman's memoir published in 2011 in the United States or Canada. The Sarton Memoir Award is named in honor of May Sarton (1912-1995), distinguished American poet, novelist, and memoirist. The winning author's name and the title of her book will be announced at Stories from the Heart, the SCN National Memoir Conference, Austin TX, April 13-15, 2012. For full details of the competition, including guidelines and application form, visit the Sarton Memoir Award website. You'll also want to check out our scoring rubric, so you can see what our team of memoir experts will be looking for.

True Words From
Real Women

"To read is to empower
To empower is to write
To write is to influence
To influence is to change
To change is to live."
—Jane Evershed

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

Story Circle Network

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