Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

April 18, 2015. Vol. 8, No 4

If You Love Women's Books...


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

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


Cover Stories


• Star reviewer B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice, which will celebrate its 18th year this October, and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing). Her stories and articles have been published in numerous publications including Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; the Oakland Tribune; the Contra Costa Times; the Danville Weekly; Staying Sane When You're Dieting; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; Thickjam.com; Friction Literary Journal; Inspire Me Today; and The Sun. This year she's been published in Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers, Small Miracles from Beyond: Dreams, Visions and Signs that Link Us to the Other Side, and Story Circle Network's True Words Anthology. She's just had a piece accepted by the Las Positas Literary Anthology. Her young adult novel, Talent (Eternal Press) will be available in 2015.

A former teacher, she conducts workshops and writes reviews for Story Circle Network and is a Luminary on InspireMeToday. She's drafting a memoir about getting married for the first time at age 62 when she's not coaching writers through Writer Advice's Manuscript Consultation Service.

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

  • Judy M. Miller was featured in Zionsville Woman Spotlights Motherhood, an article in the Zionsville, IN newspaper. Her work in bringing the popular program, "Listen to Your Mother," to Indianapolis is highlighted.

  • Dawn Wink had a chapter published in Research on Preparing Inservice Teachers to Work Effectively with Emergent Bilinguals (Advances in Research on Teaching, Volume 24), edited by David and Yvonne Freeman (Emerald Press, February 2015). The title of her chapter is "Freedom Within Structure: Practices for Teacher Sustainability, Efficacy, and Emergent Bilingual Student Success."

  • Susan Wittig Albert's mystery, Bittersweet (#23 in the China Bayles series), was recently published by Berkley Prime Crime.

• 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.

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


"There was one place where I forgot the cold, indeed forgot Siberia. That was in the library. There, in that muddy village, was a great institution. Not physically, to be sure, but in every other way imaginable. It was a small log cabin, immaculately attended to with loving care; it was well lighted with oil lamps and it was warm. But best of all, it contained a small but amazing collection from the world's best literature, truly amazing considering the time, the place, and its size. From floor to ceiling it was lined with books—books, books, books. It was there that I was to become acquainted with the works of Dumas, Pasternak's translations of Shakespeare, the novels of Mark Twain, Jack London, and of course the Russians. It was in that log cabin that I escaped from Siberia—either reading there or taking the books home. It was between that library and two extraordinary teachers that I developed a lifelong passion for the great Russian novelists and poets. It was there that I learned to line up patiently for my turn to sit at a table and read, to wait—sometimes months—for a book. It was there that I learned that reading was not only a great delight, but a privilege."
—Esther Hautzig

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.


Story Circle Network Books


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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.

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                Review of the Month                

Sisters Born, Sisters Found:
A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood

edited by Laura McHale Holland

From Pat Bean's review:
If you're looking for a book about sisters that's all gushy and sweet, you probably won't like Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood. While some stories in this anthology of prose and poetry will make you shed happy tears with their perfect endings, other stories with Cinderella/stepsister twists will pluck your heartstrings in an off-tune howl.


Reviewer of the Month:
Pat Bean
Sarton Literary Award: http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
Winner & Finalists
2013-2014 Sarton Memoir Award

(click on the images for more info!)

http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
Xylotheque
by Yelizaveta P. Renfro


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
Not the Mother I Remember
by Amber Lea Starfire


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
Short Leash
by Janice Gary

 
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A Wilder Rose
by Susan Wittig Albert


Kirkus' Best Indie Fiction for 2013!
 
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