Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

June 22, 2016. Vol. 9, No 5

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 Reviewer of the Month:
Ann McCauley (the penname of Cheryl Bazzoui) is the author of two novels: Runaway Grandma (2007) and Mother Love (2012). She is a contributor to the anthologies Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing (2012) and Women Writing After Retirement (2014). Ann also reviews books for WPSU, her local NPR radio station and StoryCircleBookReviews.org. Her work has been published in magazines, writing journals and newspapers. She is an RN, with degrees in Nursing, Psychology, and earned her master's in Creative Writing in 2014 from Wilkes University. read more...

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

    Jude Walsh Whelley won first place at the Yellow Springs Art Council's May Story Slam with her telling on the theme "Life's Sudden Twists and Turns." This is her second win; she was awarded first place in the February competition on "Love and Courtship: Gone Right, Gone Wrong.".

    Susan Wittig Albert's novel, Loving Eleanor, was awarded a silver IPPY in the LGBT category.

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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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


"Books are like lobster shells. We surround ourselves with them, then we grow out of them and leave them behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development."
—Dorothy L. Sayers

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.


Story Circle Network Books


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Who We Are


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Sarton Women's Book Award: http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
                Review of the Month                

The Gilded Cage
by Judy Alter

From Ann McCauley's review:
Judy Alter's The Gilded Cage is a fascinating historical novel about the early days of Chicago. Potter Palmer grew up in a small Quaker village in upstate New York, and his work ethic made him a partner in a local mercantile store before he was twenty. He opened his own store in nearby Lockport, though most of his family and neighbors had never ventured outside the borders of Potters Hollow. Potter was a careful man; he studied his choices and made a life plan. In 1852, at age twenty-six, he disembarked the train in Chicago after a grueling two-day journey from New York City; the unrelenting oppressive smell of the stockyards nearly took his breath away. But Potter determined a bad smell would not stop him.


Reviewer of the Month:
Ann McCauley
Winners
2014-2015 Sarton Memoir Award

(click on the images for more info!)

http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
So Many Africas
by Jill Kandel


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
War Creek
by Susan Marsh


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
Even in Darkness
by Barbara Stark-Nemon

 
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