Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

February 19, 2016. Vol. 9, No 2

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 Dawn Wink's interview with Kathryn Ferguson, author of The Haunting of the Mexican Border: A Woman's Journey.

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


Cover Stories


Meet Our StarBurst Reviewer:
Khadijah Lacina and her family are currently homesteading on 25 acres in southern Missouri. She is a student, teacher, herbalist, writer and translator who has had several books published on the subject of Islaam, as well as a children's poetry book. She is currently working on a women's herbal book and another children's book as well as her own story which you can read about at Yemeni Journey. She also writes about sustainable living at Wide Earth. read more...


Sarton Shortlist Announced! The Story Circle Network is proud to announce the 2014-2015 Shortlist for the Sarton Women's Literary Awards™. The program is named in honor of May Sarton, who is remembered for her outstanding contributions to women's literature as a memoirist, novelist, and poet. The awards are given annually to women authors writing chiefly about women in memoir, biography and fiction published in the United States and Canada and selected from works submitted. The awards are limited to submissions originally written in English and published by small/independent publishers, university presses, and author-publishers (self-publishing authors).

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.

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


"I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."
—J.K. Rowling

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.

Our Newsletters: We publish four monthly e-Letters:

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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.



Stories from the Heart VIII: http://www.storycircle.org/Conference
                Review of the Month                

Loving Eleanor
by Susan Wittig Albert

From Paula Stallings Yost's review:
Reading an advance copy of Susan Wittig Albert's Loving Eleanor was not only an eye-opening visit to the past, it was a delightful surprise. A long-time fan of the author, I expected the book to be good. So I settled in with a nice cup of tea on a rainy afternoon to travel back in time and learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt—an American icon I have admired over the years for her accomplishments and apparent strength of character. Like so many others, of course, I admit to a good bit of curiosity about her personal life as opposed to her public persona, and was looking forward to a peek into her more intimate relationships.


Reviewer of the Month:
Paula Stallings Yost
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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