Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

May 2013, Vol. 6, No 5


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

Read Lisa Shirah-Hiers' interview with Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, the winner of the 2012 Sarton Women's Memoir Award.


Our Reviewers and Editors Make News
  • Congratulations to Lynn Goodwin & Lisa Shirah-Hiers for their promotion to STAR reviewer status! We always enjoy reading their reviews & interviews.

    Susan Albert

  • Editor Susan Albert announced the upcoming author-publication of her new novel, A Wilder Rose, the story of Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the writing of the Little House books.

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


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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.

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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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                Review of the Month                

When We Were the Kennedys
by Monica Wood

From Lisa Shirah-Hiers' review:
Monica Wood's writing is simply luminous as she magically conjures up a lost place and time—a small industrial Eastern town on the eve of the Kennedy assassination. The story of her father's sudden, shattering death and her family's attempt to cope with the incomprehensible loss is brought to vivid life through her precise and poetic prose. Her skill at characterization is so refined that I felt as though I really knew each member of the family personally...
More...

Lisa Shirah-Hiers
Reviewer of the Month:
Lisa Shirah-Hiers
                Sarton Memoir Award                

Deadline: December 1, 2013

The Sarton Memoir Award is granted annually to an outstanding woman's memoir published during September 1, 2012 - December 1, 2013 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.
Gated Grief

SCN is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Sarton Memoir Award, named for May Sarton, distinguished American memoirist, poet, and novelist. Monica Wood was awarded first place for When We Were the Kennedys (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). Full story here. Congratulations to our winner!

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Our mission: The Story Circle Network is dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raising public awareness of the importance of women's personal histories. We carry out our mission through publications, a web site, classes, workshops, writing and reading circles, and woman-focused programs. To join us, see our online membership form.

Our Newsletters: We publish four monthly e-Letters:
  • This monthly e-Letter brings you information about book reviews and features. You'll find archives here.
  • The monthly Story Circle National e-Letter brings you writing tips, quotes, and Story Circle news.
  • The Online Class e-Letter brings you information about women-only writing classes.
  • The monthly Internet Chapter e-Letter is sent only to members of the Internet Chapter; it features chapter news and events.

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