Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

September 18, 2015. Vol. 8, No 9

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 Lee Ambrose's interview with Cynthia Trenshaw, author of Meeting in the Margins.

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

Cover Stories

Judy M. Miller tells us about herself:
Just over a decade ago I took my husband's advice and began my writing career. It was in my first writing classes that I came across Story Circle Network. I was drawn to the idea of women nurturing women in their quest to write and share their stories. I joined SCN soon after and volunteered to become one of the SCBR editors.

Since I'm a parent educator and coach focusing on adoption my writing niche is adoptive parenting, special needs, and tweens and teens. To date I've had hundreds of articles and essays published in parenting, adoption magazines, and anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams & Premonitions, A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families: Stories That Celebrate a Special Gift of Love, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, and Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be?

My expertise is frequently quoted in publications like, Parenting, and The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption. I'm a contributor for Parenting Squad and also make guest appearances on radio programs that cover adoption topics and issues. I present and facilitate workshops at conferences, like North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) and American Adoption Conference (AAC). I presented at Stories from the Heart V and VI, and VI.

I co-produce and direct Listen To Your Mother Indianapolis, an annual story-telling event that is part of a national movement to give motherhood the microphone.

I am the author of the internationally known parent guide, What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween, and a workbook for adopted adults, Writing to Heal Adoption Grief: Moving Forward & Making Connections. I also created and teach the popular class, Parenting Tweens, Tweens & Beyond, which I am currently revamping into a video class.

I live with my husband, four kids—ages 13 through 22, two Newfies, and two boy-kitties on seven acres of solitude in the Midwest. My "shingle" is Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond, and my Twitter handle is @MamaMiller. Visit my site.

• 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.

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.

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

"All books are either dreams or swords."
—Amy Lowell

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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  • 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                

Pandora's DNA: Tracing The Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science and One Family Tree
by Lizzie Stark

From Judy King's review:
When a journalist decides to record a difficult personal journey, the rest of us benefit in a multitude of ways. In Pandora's DNA: Tracing The Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science And One Family Tree Lizzie Stark shares not only her personal story, but her journalist's search for all the facts and the backstory.

Reviewer of the Month:
Judy King
Sarton Literary Award:

Story Circle Online Classes:

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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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