Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

November 2013, Vol. 6, 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

Susan Albert Read Lynn Goodwin's interview with Susan Albert, author of A Wilder Rose.

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

Cover Stories

Susan Schoch member of our editorial team. About herself, she says, "As a freelance writer and editor, I specialize in memoir and personal history, working from a small cabin in the Colorado foothills. Most recently completed is a biography of two revered ceramic artists, The Clay Connection: Jim and Nan McKinnell, published by the American Museum of Ceramic Art. It's always an honor for me to present someone's life story, and a fascinating journey. That may be what makes Story Circle Network such a good fit, and for over a decade my membership has brought both motivation and fulfillment. Every year there are wonderful new books by women, and I'm happy to write and edit for Story Circle Book Reviews in order to share the best of them. Plus it's a treat to work with the remarkable women who share my enthusiasm. When my attention is not on the page, it's generally on my family and friends, all of whom are above-average, of course. Sometimes there's even time for gardening, photography, or long walks along the creek."

• If you'd like to learn more about SCN, the best place to start is with our leadership team: women who have devoted their energies to making SCN a home for women who want to write about women's lives. Go here to meet these nine remarkable women.

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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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

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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                

Survival Lessons
by Alice Hoffman

From Sheila Trask's review:
You may think you know who Alice Hoffman is. You've been reading her novels for years, from Practical Magic to The Dovekeepers. She writes women's literary fiction, right? After 23 such novels, it seems like a fair assumption. But did you know she's a popular young adult author as well? Or that she penned a nonfiction book, a memoir? Until recently, I didn't either, and I'm glad to have discovered some new Alice Hoffman titles to add to my reading list.

Sheila Trask
Reviewer of the Month:
Sheila Trask
                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

Submit your application to be an exhibitor at our Works of Heart Marketplace!

If you'd like to help raise money to support Story Circle, please donate an item to the silent auction or for a door prize. Or donate an item for our participant gift bags: small items, flyers, business cards, books, etc.

(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
Celestial Conversations
by Lo Anne Mayer
My Mother's Funeral
by Adriana Paramo
Changes In Life
by Pat LaPointe
A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert

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