Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

November 2014, Vol. 7, No 11

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

• SuperNova reviewer Trilla Pando lives in her favorite city, Houston, Texas where she writes, volunteers at the Museum of Fine Arts, plays with a grandson, and enjoys all the plays, concerts, museums and general fun a city offers. She has been an SCN member since 2000. Trilla tells us, "While as member I was a contributing editor to the Story Circle Journal for several years and a member of the board. In 2005, I became president for a two-year term. I am also a member of the poetry writing Internet Chapter—a great group. Of all of my SCN activities, I particularly relish writing book reviews. I'm delighted I've become a SuperNova Reviewer. Reviewing has made me both a more careful reader, as I seek to capture the essence of a book, and a more adventuresome one, as I enjoy the fun of sharing a new experience and books I might not otherwise have chosen."

• Our reviewers have been busy. We're pleased to announce that Trilla Pando and Laura Strathman Hulka are now NovaStar reviewers! Other promotions: Mary Jo Doig, Martha Meacham, & Lisa Shirah-Hiers to SuperStar status; and Juliet Porton & Donna Van Straten Remmert to Star status. Pat Bean, Ann McCauley, & Diane Stanton are now associate reviewers.

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

  • Editor Susan Wittig Albert reports that Brilliance Audio will publish the audiobook edition of her historical novel, A Wilder Rose. The audio release is scheduled for March 2015.

  • Reviewer Amy Hale Auker's latest novel, The Story is the Thing, will be released by Pen-L Publishing on December 1.

  • Reviewer Ann McCauley published two author interviews in Commonline Journal, one in October (Carol Smallwood), one in November (Todd McClimans).

  • Reviewer Jude Whelley's poem, "Stacked," was awarded an honorable mention in the Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest. This is the second year she has placed.

• 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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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

"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself... You bring to a novel, to anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. And it changes you."
—Angela Carter

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

Who We Are

Our mission: The Story Circle Network is dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raising public awareness of the importance of women's personal histories. We carry out our mission through publications, a web site, classes, workshops, writing and reading circles, and woman-focused programs. To join us, see our online membership form.

Our Newsletters: We publish four monthly e-Letters:

  • This monthly e-Letter brings you information about book reviews and features. You'll find archives here.

  • The monthly Story Circle National e-Letter brings you writing tips, quotes, and Story Circle news.

  • The Online Class e-Letter brings you information about women-only writing classes.

  • The monthly Internet Chapter e-Letter is sent only to members of the Internet Chapter; it features chapter news and events.

                Review of the Month                

Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life
by Beth Powning

From Mary Ann Moore's review:
On a cool fall day on Canada's west coast, hearing the honking of Canada geese, I read of Beth Powning's "dream of the wild" on Canada's east coast. She also dreamed of the garden as she and her husband Peter Powning "imagined a life" and set out for New Brunswick, Canada from New England in the United States in 1972. They still live in New Brunswick on the farm they brought in the spring of 1970. In her introduction to this new edition, Powning recalls handwriting the words that begin her book: "The coyotes are newcomers."

Reviewer of the Month:
Mary Ann Moore
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
A Mother's Story: Angie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
by Maggie C. Romero
A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert

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