Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

March 2014, Vol. 7, No 3


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 Lisah Shirah-Hiers' interview with Nancy Curtis, publisher and primary editor of High Plains Press; co-editor, with Linda Hasselstrom and Gaydell Collier, of three collections of women's writing published by Houghton Mifflin: Leaning into the Wind, Woven on the Wind, and Crazy Woman Creek; & one of our keynote speakers at the SCN Stories from the Heart Conference, April 11th-13th, 2014.

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


Cover Stories


Susan Wittig Albert: Susan Wittig Albert is our SCBR co-editor. She has been working as a fulltime fiction writer since 1985, publishing mysteries, memoir, and nonfiction. She has co-edited two anthologies for the Story Circle Network: With Courage and Common Sense (2004) and What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest (2007). Her latest novel, A Wilder Rose, was named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Indie Best Novels of 2013. Visit her website.

• Celebrate Women's History Month by checking through our new listing of books by women about American women in their cultural and historical contexts. At Story Circle, we are passionate about women's stories and are grateful to the authors who bring these stories to us. These are books that matter, about women who have played significant roles in all fields of human endeavor. They deserve to be read and appreciated! (Special thanks to Susan Schoch, who compiled this list for us.)

• 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.

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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Story Circle Network Books


What Wildness is This     With Courage and Common Sense     Kitchen Table Stories     Starting Points


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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

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.

                Review of the Month                

Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet
by Twyla M. Hansen & Linda M. Hasselstrom

From Khadijah A.'s review:
I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet. How could two poets make a "duet" of their poetry? It turns out it isn't a book of poems for two voices, or a back and forth statement and response. Instead, the poems are separated by poet, with Twyla M. Hansen's making up the first part of the book, and Linda M. Hasselstrom's comprising the second half.
More...


Reviewer of the Month:
Khadijah A.
(click on the images for more info!)

http://www.storycircle.org/startingpoints.shtml
Starting Points:
A Year of Writing Prompts

by Susan Wittig Albert

 
http://www.timestheywereachanging.com
Times They Were A-Changing
edited by Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, & Amber Starfire

 
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HMEJWRO/womensmemoirs-20
Seasons of Our Lives
edited by Matilda Butler & Kendra Bonnett

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

 
http://www.awilderrosethenovel.com
A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert


Kirkus' Best Indie Fiction for 2013!


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True Words From Real Women


"We all become different readers in how we respond to books, why we need them, what we take from them. We become different in the questions that arise as we read, in the answers that we find, in the degree of satisfaction or unease we feel with those answers...In the hands of a different reader, the same story can be a different story."
—Amy Tan

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.

 

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