Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

September 19, 2016. Vol. 9, No 8

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 over 1900 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 2016 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 Krista Schlyer, author of Almost Anywhere.

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


Cover Stories


Meet Our Star Reviewer:
B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice, which will celebrate its 19th year this October, and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press). Her stories and articles have been published in numerous publications including Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; the Oakland Tribune; the Contra Costa Times; the Danville Weekly; Staying Sane When You're Dieting; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; Thickjam.com; Friction Literary Journal; Inspire Me Today; Small Miracles from Beyond; Story Circle Network's True Words Anthology; Purple Clover; The Sun; and other venues.

A former teacher, she conducts workshops and writes reviews for Story Circle Network and is a Luminary on InspireMeToday. She'll be ready to start shopping a memoir about getting married for the first time at age 62 as soon as her husband finishes the book.

• SCBR Named to Goodreads Top 1%: We're proud to report that Goodreads has named SCBR to its top-rated book reviewers. Most-viewed: Lee Ambrose's review of Pam Webber's novel, The Wiregrass.

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

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


"We are authors, all of us, concerned with beginning, with making, with sources and substance."
—Diane Wakoski

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.


Story Circle Network Books


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Who We Are


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                Review of the Month                

The Opposite of Comfortable
by Sharon Nir

From Susan Schoch's review:
The language of business management is foreign to me, so when I began to read this memoir by Sharon Nir, The Opposite of Comfortable, and soon found myself in the land of "Knowledge Management" and "The Magic of Repositioning," the terminology was only jargon. The style seemed like the reportage of an MBA, and I was a little slow to become engaged.


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