Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

April 2014, Vol. 7, No 4

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.

Read Susan Tweit's interview with Andrea M. Jones, professional indexer, owner of Jones Literary Services, and the author of Between Urban and Wild.

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

Cover Stories

Laura Strathman Hulka is one of our two coordinating editors. She requests review copies and manages our database. About herself, she says: "Born and raised in California, I spent nine years in Tennessee at the turn of the century, learning to speak Southern, and eight months in the Arizona desert, learning I really don't like heat! Presently, I live with my husband of 40 years and two dachshunds in senior apartments in Sacramento CA, near my two children, Becca, 34, and David 32, and grandsons Xavier and Xander. I consider myself a 'renaissance woman' with a wide variety of interests and enthusiasms, including reading, writing, baking, dogs, crafts and family (not necessarily in that order!). I taught myself to read at age four, from the back of cereal boxes at the breakfast table, and haven't stopped reading since."

• 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

"My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy."
—Anne Tyler

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.

Story Circle Network Books

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


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                Review of the Month                

The Johnstown Girls
by Kathleen George

From Judy Alter's review:
The story of the Johnstown (Pennvylvania) 1889 flood is well known—2,029 people were killed when the damn on a mountain lake gave way after days of heavy rain. On its way down the valley the water picked up debris: animals, trees, railroad cars, and, yes people. Attempts were made to warn Johnstown by telegraph but the operators had heard so many false alarms they did not post the messages. The flood was the greatest natural disaster in the history of the nation, although soon surpassed by the Galveston hurricane of 1900.

Reviewer of the Month:
Judy Alter
Winner & Finalists
Sarton Memoir Award

(click on the images for more info!)
Leaving Tinkertown
by Tanya Ward Goodman
College Girl
by Laura Gray-Rosendale
Hidden Lives
by Carole Garibaldi Rogers
A Bushel's Worth
by Kayann Short

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