Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

November 2012, Vol. 5, No 11

We provide a review venue for small presses, university and regional presses, and for women authors whose books may not be reviewed elsewhere. If you're looking for strong, insightful, well-written books by women of strength and courage, you'll find them here. With over 1300 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:

Our Favorite Authors

Sheila Bender Read Lisa Shirah-Hiers' interview with Sheila Bender, author of A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief.

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

Cover Stories

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.

LifeLines Weekend Writing Retreat. Save the date! LifeLines Weekend Writing Retreat with Sheila Bender, March 8-10, 2013, Round Top TX. Go here for more information and to register.

Advertising with SCN. As you plan the marketing campaign for your book, writing program, or writing-related workshop or conference, please consider Story Circle as a partner in your promotional efforts. Story Circle provides a unique voice and a wide range of services for women readers and writers. Partnering with us allows you to target your promotion efforts and take advantage of SCN's growing reputation in the international community of women writers. Depending on your budget, you can choose from five packages.

Story Circle Editorial Service. We can help you find the editor who is just right for your project. Your manuscript deserves respect, careful attention, and an editor who understands your needs and goals. Our service is unique...designed just for you.

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.

• 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!

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                Sarton Memoir Award                

Deadline: December 7, 2012

The Sarton Memoir Award is granted annually to an outstanding woman's memoir published in 2012 in the United States or Canada. It is named in honor of May Sarton (1912-1995), distinguished American poet, novelist, and memoirist. For full details of the competition, including guidelines and application form, visit the Sarton Memoir Award website.
                Review of the Month                

Shout Her Lovely Name
by Natalie Serber

From Juliet Porton's review:
For years, I was convinced that I didn't like short stories. One too many forced marches through weighty anthologies had left me believing that the genre was limiting and vaguely unsatisfying. Thank goodness I persevered and found out just how powerful the medium can be in the right hands. A perfect example of this is Shout Her Lovely Name, the stunning debut collection by Natalie Serber.

Juliet Porton
Reviewer of the Month:
Juliet Porton
Gated Grief Lost Edens

SCN is pleased to announce the winners of the Sarton Memoir Award, named for May Sarton, distinguished American memoirist, poet, and novelist. Leila Levinson was awarded first place for Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma (Cable Publishing, 2011). Jamie Patterson was awarded second place for Lost Edens: A True Story (Beaver's Pond Press, 2011). Full story here. Congratulations to our winners!

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The Woman I've Become
by Pat LaPointe

An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days
by Susan Wittig Albert

True Words From
Real Women

"Reading is important—read between the lines. Don't swallow everything."
—Gwendolyn Brooks

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