Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

October 2014, Vol. 7, No 10

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

• One of our "Starburst" reviewers, Susan J. Tweit has written nearly 60 reviews and interviews for SCBR, many of them books about nature, wilderness, and living mindfully on the land. She is the award-winning author of twelve books (including her memoir, Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey, and Colorado Scenic Byways, winner of the Colorado Book Award), numerous magazine articles, and newspaper columns. About herself, she says: "I began my career as a field ecologist studying sagebrush, grizzly bears, and wildfires, before falling in love with the stories revealed in the data. My books, including the memoir Walking Nature Home, explore the nature of life itself and where we humans fit in the grand dance of species that makes this numinous blue planet a nurturing home."

• Our editors and reviewers are active writers. Here are some of their recent projects:

    • A chapter from Sherry Wachter's new memoir was published in the Summer 2014 Spectrum magazine. Sherry tells us, "What makes this even cooler is that they used a number of my paintings to illustrate it—and another one's on the cover of the whole magazine this time."

    • Lake Union Publishing will reprint Susan Wittig Albert's author-published novel, A Wilder Rose, in March 2015.

    Lynn Goodwin's article, "My Niche, My Way," appeared in Writing After Retirement, edited by Carol Smallwood and Christine Redman-Waldeyer.

    Cheryl Bazzoui (aka Ann McCauley)'s chapter, "A Writer's Marketing Recommendations," recently appeared in Writing After Retirement, edited by Carol Smallwood and Christine Redman-Waldeyer. She also had two reviews on WPSU's Bookmark (her regional NPR station) this summer.

• 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 Independent Study 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

"The perils of ambulatory reading: If you have never said 'Excuse me' to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time."
—Sherri Chasin Calvo

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.

Story Circle Network Books

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                Review of the Month                

Make Me a Mother
by Susanne Antonetta

From Judy M. Miller's review:
I have read a great deal of adoption literature written by people representing varied perspectives within the adoption "constellation:" adopted adults, parents who have adopted, parents who have relinquished their children, and professionals and paraprofessionals who work with and support them. I have found a number of memoirs within the adoption genre to be challenging reads that are often too narrow in scope.

Reviewer of the Month:
Judy M. Miller
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

Thanks to our advertisers
for helping to support SCN
Waking the Dreamer Within Festival
Billie Ortiz
A Mother's Story: Angie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
by Maggie C. Romero
A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert

Kirkus' Best Indie Fiction for 2013!


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