Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

March 18, 2015. Vol. 8, No 3

If You Love Women's Books...

Please help! 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.

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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 Susan J. Tweit's interview with Sharon Lovejoy, author of Running Out of Night.

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Cover Stories

• NovaStar reviewer Lee Ambrose is passionate about words! "I enjoy reviewing books for the SCN Book Review Site almost as much as I enjoy reading the reviews posted by my sister reviewers. Reading and writing are such an important part of my life that I cannot imagine a day without actively reading or writing—or both! When I am not immersed in 'word-working' I am enjoying nature or working as an oncology/hospice RN at the local hospital. I have been an active member of the Story Circle Network's Internet Chapter since 2000. Currently, I write for the poetry e-circle #4 and writing e-circle #7, facilitate writing e-circle #10, author the weekly 'Women's Wise Words: A Week's Worth of Writing Prompts,' and serve as the President of the Internet Chapter (2004-present)."

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

  • The revised edition of Susan Wittig Albert's author-published novel, A Wilder Rose, is a #1 Kindle bestseller. Her mystery, Bittersweet (#23 in the Pecan Springs series), will be published in April.

  • Cheryl Bazzoui (Ann McCauley)'s review of Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J. Taylor appears in Writer Advice's January-March Newsletter. Her review of Divining the Prime Meridian by Carol Smallwood was published in the January 28, 2015 issue of the Common Line Journal.

• 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

"Here's my definition of a great beach read—a fabulous story that sucks me in like a black hole and when it's over, it jettisons my bones across the galaxy with a hair on fire mission to convince everyone I know that they must read that book or they will die."
—Dorthea Benton Frank

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                

by Denice Turner

From Enid Cokinos' review:
In her beautifully written memoir, Worthy, author Denice Turner draws back the curtain and gives us a glimpse into the dominant forces in her world: the Chournos Family (her maternal family) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (informally known as the Mormon Church). Each is fraught with unrealistic expectations of self-worth that will have readers shaking their heads in disbelief and laughing out loud.

Reviewer of the Month:
Enid Cokinos
Sarton Literary Award:
Winner & Finalists
2013-2014 Sarton Memoir Award

(click on the images for more info!)
by Yelizaveta P. Renfro
Not the Mother I Remember
by Amber Lea Starfire
Short Leash
by Janice Gary

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A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert

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