Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

September 2013, Vol. 6, No 9

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

Susan Morrison Read Trilla Pando's interview with Susan Morrison, author of Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature and Growing Up in Wartime America.

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

Cover Stories

• Ever since she learned to read, Barbara Heming has been a voracious reader. For her a snow day was a gift of time to journey into the worlds sandwiched between the covers of a book. She pursued a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature which opened doors into literature of other cultures. After moving to a remote canyon in northern New Mexico a few years ago, she turned her attention to her lifelong dream of writing fiction and has now completed a number of short stories and her first novel. Death Wins the Crown was published in 2011. A second novel is in progress. She also gives tours at Georgia O'Keeffe's Home And Studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Barbara discovered the Story Circle Network in 2007 when a friend sent her a brochure for the What Wildness is This? Conference. She became a member and was a presenter at Stories From the Heart IV in 2008. She is SCBR's Distribution Editor, updating our Book Distribution Blog (a private blog for reviewers, featuring books we have available) and mailing review copies to those who request them. Thanks, Barbara, for all you do for SCBR!

Our Stars! Our reviewers have been hard at work all summer, reading and writing and sharing the books they have enjoyed. Edith O'Nuallain and Linda Hoye are now Star Reviewers (10 or more reviews or interviews in the past 18 months); Sharon Wildwind and Susan Schoch are SuperStar Reviewers (25 or more reviews/interviews). We very much appreciate their fine work, and we know that readers, authors, and publishers do, too!





Sarton Memoir Award. 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!

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.

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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True Words From Real Women

"All books are either dreams or swords."
—Amy Lowell

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.

Three Books from SCN

What Wildness is This     Kitchen Table Stories     Starting Points


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                Review of the Month                

The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious
by Lori Jakiela

From Susan Hanson's review:
"I can't believe you're doing this to me," Lori Jakiela's mother announces on hearing that her daughter is pregnant. That might well have been the refrain throughout this sometimes hilarious, always poignant, second memoir by the Trafford, Pennsylvania-based author.

Susan Hanson
Reviewer of the Month:
Susan Hanson
                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.
Stories From the Heart

Plan now to join us for a unique and exciting event: the seventh national women's memoir conference of the Story Circle Network! Come, learn, share, celebrate with us as we honor our stories!

April 11-13, 2014
Wyndham Hotel, Austin, Texas

We have posted our Call for Presenters and would like to invite you to submit a presentation proposal. The deadline for proposals is September 15. Check the webpage for other details.

(click on the images for more info!)
When We Were the Kennedys
by Monica Wood
The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood
by Sandra Ramos O'Briant
Travel/Literature/Culture Writing Tours
Italy, October 11-20, 2013
with Teresa Cutler-Broyles
Celestial Conversations
by Lo Anne Mayer
Changes In Life
by Pat LaPointe
A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert

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