Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

May 25, 2017. Vol. 10, 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 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 Pat Bean's interview with Barbara Stark-Nemon, author of Even in Darkness.

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


Cover Stories


Meet Our Reviewer of the Month:
Susan F. Schoch is a Colorado member of the Story Circle team. Specializing in personal history, she is the author of The Clay Connection, a study of ceramic artists Jim and Nan McKinnell, for the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Susan is a committed member of Story Circle Network, and the editor of the annual SCN anthology, Real Women Write, as well as a regular reviewer for SCBR. She says, "Every year, women write fine new books, and I'm glad for the opportunity to read and share some of the best of them, and to support the work of small and independent presses. Working with the remarkable women of SCBR is a wonderful bonus, and I find inspiration in the books and reviews they bring to light. SCBR is a powerful resource for women's writing. I'm honored to be a part of its good work."

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.

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


"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself... You bring to a novel, to anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. And it changes you."
—Angela Carter

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.


Story Circle Network Books


What Wildness is This     With Courage and Common Sense     Kitchen Table Stories     Starting Points


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:

  • This monthly e-Letter brings you information about book reviews and features. You'll find archives here.

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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.



                Review of the Month                

Crosscurrents and Other Stories
by Gerry Wilson

From Susan Schoch's review:
Crosscurrents and Other Stories, the first collection by Gerry Wilson, reads as well as most literary lights, and for me it brought to mind the works of Alice Munro. Here are tales of women in every state and stage of life, struggling with problems common to females everywhere. Though the situations and complexities feel familiar, and Wilson addresses issues that are all too real, each of these women feels complete as a character, responding to life's circumstances in her particular way.


Reviewer of the Month:
Susan Schoch
Sarton Women's Book Award: http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
 
2016 Sarton Women's Book Awards
(click on the images for more info!)

http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life
by Virginia A. Simpson


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
Finding Dorothy Scott: Letters of a WASP Pilot
by Sarah Byrn Rickman


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
A Drop in the Ocean: A Novel
by Jenni Ogden


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
An Address in Amsterdam
by Mary Dingee Fillmore


http://www.storycircle.org/SartonLiteraryAward
Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town
by Leslie Tall Manning

 
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