Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

November 18, 2015. Vol. 8, No 11

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 Susan Troccolo, author of The Beet Goes On.

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

Cover Stories

Our Reviewers Make News!

Susan Schoch is a Colorado member of our editorial team. About herself, she says, "I'm a freelance writer and editor, specializing in memoir and personal history, and recently completed a biography of two revered ceramic artists, titled The Clay Connection: Jim and Nan McKinnell. It's always an honor and a fascinating journey to present someone's life story, something that Story Circle Network recognizes and fosters."

Dawn Wink & Susan Tweit presented on "Soul of the Land: Place as Character and Inspiration" at the Women Writing the West Conference in Redmond, OR.

Dawn Wink served as MC for the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference in Santa Fe, NM.

Diane Stanton's two poems, "Just Don't Snap" and "New Ride," appeared in NoVA Bards: An Anthology of Northern Virginia Poetry, published by Local Gems Press.

Debra Winegarten's book, Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist, was a finalist for the 2015 Women Writing the West literary award and a 2015 gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America.

• SCN Online Classes, the only online writing program designed exclusively for women. General writing skills, organization, and critical editing; book design and development, online marketing, blogging, and more. An Independent Study Program, too. For full class listings, faculty bios, enrollment, and more, visit our website.

• 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.

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• 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

"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier."
—Kathleen Norris

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.

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Who We Are

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                Review of the Month                

The Race for Paris
by Meg Waite Clayton

From Linda Wisniewski's review:
Because author Meg Waite Clayton used quotes from actual World War II correspondents at the beginning of each chapter of The Race for Paris, her fictional characters took on the aura of their actual colleagues. Clayton's characters, Jane and Olivia, two women covering the war, are in this novel, contemporaries of Margaret Bourke-White, Martha Gelhorn, Ernie Pyle and other real journalists. Jane and Olivia have met them or know of them, and desperately want to beat them to Paris, where the Allies will liberate France from the Nazis in August, 1944 and end the war.

Reviewer of the Month:
Linda Wisniewski
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The Beet Goes On:
The Beet Goes On

by Susan Troccolo

The perfect GIFT book for your friend, your favorite gardener and favorite dog lover
Desperate Straits:
Desperate Straits

by Janet Squires
Winner & Finalists
2013-2014 Sarton Memoir Award

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by Yelizaveta P. Renfro
Not the Mother I Remember
by Amber Lea Starfire
Short Leash
by Janice Gary


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