Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

August 2014, Vol. 7, No 8


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 nearly 1700 reviews and a team of forty-plus 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 Pat Bean's interview with Judy M. Miller, author of What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween & director of the 2014 Indianapolis show, "Listen to your Mother."

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


Cover Stories


• With 119 book reviews to her credit, Judith Helburn is one of our "SuperNova" reviewers. She served on the SCN board for ten years, as president for two years, and has facilitated several SCN story circles. She facilitates a SCN writing group and writes book reviews for Story Circle's website. She has been involved with Sage-ing® since 1994 and has worked with seniors in several programs in Austin, Texas, including the Older Women's Legacy (OWL)-Circle memoir program of Story Circle Network. Judith lives in Austin, and her two children and grandchildren live near-by. She is flattered by being called the "weird" grandmother. She specializes in reviewing books about Elders.

• We're saying goodbye to Distribution Editor Barbara Heming and Co-editor Laura Hulka this month, with grateful thanks for their many wonderful gifts of time and skills. They're not going very far, though: both will stay on as reviewers. Peggy Moody will assume many of Barbara's responsibilities; she has also created tracking programs to automate much of what we've been doing manually.

• Welcome to new reviewers Amy Hale Auker, Pat Bean, and Tiffany Benton. We're delighted that you've joined our review team and look forward to seeing more of your reviews!

• 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.

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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True Words From Real Women


"Since the choice of what we curl up with is often crucial for our solace and sanity, we need to learn how to nurture the talent of selection. Book browsing is a meditative art... Books are as essential as breathing."
—Sarah Ban Breathnach

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                

On Fire for the Lord
and Other Scalding Tales

by Bodie Parkhurst

From Lynn Goodwin's review:
Some kids who grow up in conservative Christian homes toe the line. Others rebel when restrictions make Jesus seem like an oppressive tyrant. Bodie Parkhurst rebelled inside, but she also learned to take responsibility for her talents, her education, and her thoughts, and she tells the story of skirting others' expectations in order to find herself in On Fire for the Lord and Other Scalding Tales.
More...


Reviewer of the Month:
Lynn Goodwin
Winner & Finalists
Sarton Memoir Award

(click on the images for more info!)

http://www.storycircle.org/SartonMemoirAward
Leaving Tinkertown
by Tanya Ward Goodman


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonMemoirAward
College Girl
by Laura Gray-Rosendale


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonMemoirAward
Hidden Lives
by Carole Garibaldi Rogers


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonMemoirAward
A Bushel's Worth
by Kayann Short


 
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