Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

December 2013, Vol. 6, No 12


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

Linda Hasselstrom Read Lisa Shirah-Hiers' interview with Linda Hasselstrom, editor of Leaning into the Wind & author of the critically-acclaimed Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work.

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


Cover Stories

Linda Hoye has served as Review Editor at SCBR for several years; before that time, she was our Distribution Editor. About herself, she says: I'm a writer, editor, adoptee, and somewhat-fanatical grandma whose work has appeared in an assortment of publications in Canada and the US. My memoir, Two Hearts: An Adoptee's Journey Through Grief to Gratitude (2012), is the story of my journey through the abyss in search of the one thing I desperately wanted: family. I live in the state of Washington with my husband and our doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier where I'm counting down the days to retiring from corporate life and returning to Canada. Connect with me on my blog, A Slice of Life Writing."

• 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

"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier."
—Kathleen Norris

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.

Three Books from SCN

What Wildness is This     Kitchen Table Stories     Starting Points


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Happy Holidays from Story Circle Network!
                Review of the Month                

A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert

From Linda Hasselstrom's review:
If you loved Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books about her pioneer childhood, you should read A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert.

If you are reluctant to believe that Laura's daughter Rose may have written the books, you must read this novel.

When I was rescued from my existence as the daughter of a divorcee because my mother had married a rancher in western South Dakota, Laura Ingalls Wilder became my guide, my sister and my best friend.
More...

Linda Hasselstrom
Reviewer of the Month:
Linda Hasselstrom
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

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When We Were the Kennedys
by Monica Wood

 
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Celestial Conversations
by Lo Anne Mayer

 
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My Mother's Funeral
by Adriana Paramo

 
http://www.changesinlife.com
Changes In Life
by Pat LaPointe

 
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A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert


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