Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

May 2014, Vol. 7, No 5


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 1600 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. For information about the 2014 Sarton Award for women's memoir, 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 Lisa Shirah-Hiers' interview with Tanya Ward Goodman, author of Leaving Tinkertown.

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


Cover Stories


Susan Schoch is a Colorado member of our editorial team. About herself, she says, "I'm a freelance writer and editor, specializing in memoir and personal history, and recently completed a biography of two revered ceramic artists, titled The Clay Connection: Jim and Nan McKinnell. It's always an honor and a fascinating journey to present someone's life story, something that Story Circle Network recognizes and fosters. My long membership in SCN has offered both motivation and fulfillment, so becoming part of Story Circle Book Reviews was a natural step. Every year, women write fine new books, and I'm glad for the opportunity to read and share the best of them. Working with remarkable women at SCBR, who share my enthusiasm and keep me growing, has been a wonderful bonus. When my attention is not on the page, it's often on family and friends, all of whom are above-average, of course. Sometimes the wildness calls me to solitary retreats, and sometimes the bliss is in sharing my garden, or making pictures, but writing or reading is always like coming home."

• Browse through our 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. The books on this list deserve to be read and appreciated. They are books that matter, about strong women who have played significant roles in all fields of human endeavor. (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.

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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


"We are authors, all of us, concerned with beginning, with making, with sources and substance."
—Diane Wakoski

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.


Story Circle Network Books


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                Review of the Month                

Leaving Tinkertown
by Tanya Ward Goodman

From Lisa Shirah-Hiers' review:
Leaving Tinkertown is a courageous and moving account of author Tanya Ward Goodman's relationship with her father, Ross, and their emotional journey together as he battles early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Told in her beautifully clear voice and in present tense, Goodman's story immediately draws the reader into the day-to-day reality, the moment-by-moment existence that is both the painful challenge and unique grace of Alzheimer's.
More...


Reviewer of the Month:
Lisa Shirah-Hiers
Winner & Finalists
Sarton Memoir Award

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Leaving Tinkertown
by Tanya Ward Goodman


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College Girl
by Laura Gray-Rosendale


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Hidden Lives
by Carole Garibaldi Rogers


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A Bushel's Worth
by Kayann Short


 
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