Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

May 19, 2016. Vol. 9, 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 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 New Reviewer:
Susan Marsh is an award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over thirty years. Her work has appeared in Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, among others, and numerous anthologies. Her books include Stories of the Wild, The Wild Wyoming Range, War Creek, and A Hunger for High Country. War Creek won the 2016 Sarton Award for contemporary fiction. read more...

Our editors and reviewers are active writers and writing teachers/coaches. Here are some of their projects:

    B. Lynn Goodwin had a piece posted on Purple Clover: "The 62-Year-Old Virgin: Finding Love Later in Life." Submissions for the Flash Fiction Contest she runs at Writer Advice, are due by June 1.

    Susan J. Tweit is thrilled and honored to be selected as a Fall 2016 fellow at the Women's International Study Center in Santa Fe, NM. She was awarded a one-month residency to work on her new book, The Ditch & the Meadow, at the Center's Acequia Madre House, the historic home of three generations of influential women, Eva Scott Féynes, Leonora S. M. Curtin, and Leonora F. Curtin Paloheimo. As Tweit puts it, "A month in a historic house within walking distance of the arts district and plaza, in company of other Center fellows, and the spirits of the three Scott-Curtin women—how could that not be inspiring!"

    Pat Bean won first place in Story Circle Network's recent Hot Flash writing contest for her flash-fiction, "The Heart of a Dog."

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

"The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become."
—May Sarton

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.

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Who We Are

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Sarton Women's Book Award:
                Review of the Month                

Walking the Llano
by Shelley Armitage

From Pat Bean's review:
I've driven across the Panhandle of Texas almost yearly since I was 32 years old when I first moved out of the Lone Star State. I've felt the region's stern, restless winds toss me six feet away from my RV when I opened its door during a big gust. I've been awed at suddenly coming upon Palo Duro Canyon which hides itself below the flat-as-a-pancake plains. But mostly I've seen this llano landscape as dull and uninteresting, just something to be endured so I can visit family that lives in greener, hillier, and less dusty areas of the state.

Reviewer of the Month:
Pat Bean
2014-2015 Sarton Memoir Award

(click on the images for more info!)
So Many Africas
by Jill Kandel
War Creek
by Susan Marsh
Even in Darkness
by Barbara Stark-Nemon


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