Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

August 18, 2017. Vol. 10, 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 Pat Bean's interview with Virginia Simpson, author of The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life.

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


Cover Stories


Meet Anita Lock:
Star reviewer Anita Lock is a teacher at heart. About her work as a reviewer, she says, "Whether a preschool teacher, home educator, teacher's aide, tutor, music instructor, DJ, book reviewer, proofreader, or book editor, my goal remains consistent: it is imperative that I provide tools to help others succeed in life. One tool I have found to be most effective is books. Essential in building language skills for the very young, books are also replete with stories of self-awareness--and that goes for all ages. If readers are engaged in the whole experience of reading and, thus, are true to themselves, then they will be aware that books affect them in one form or other. It could be as subtle as, 'Huh. I didn't know that,' or impressionable, like, 'Wow! I can't wait to read the next in this series!' My plan as a book reviewer for Story Circle Book Reviews is to capture the essence of each story and then efficiently translate that into writing so that YOU, the reader, will be motivated to expand your reading sphere."

Story Circle is a proud sponsor of International Indie Author Day 2017. Read all about it here, and check out our emails for ways that you can participate.

Watch for our GoFundMe campaign, coming in October! We'll be asking for your support to fund StoryCircleBookReviews.org for another year.

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


"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.'"
—Helen Exley

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:

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

  • The monthly Story Circle National e-Letter brings you writing tips, quotes, and Story Circle news.

  • The Online Class e-Letter brings you information about women-only writing classes.

  • 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                

Hug Everyone You Know
by Antoinette Truglio Martin

From Lee Ambrose's review:

Antoinette Martin is a Stage IV breast cancer patient. Hug Everyone You Know is her compelling memoir about the importance of community while navigating a life crisis such as cancer. It is also a testament to the importance of mustering courage and not allowing a cancer diagnosis to define one's self. Initially diagnosed in 2007, her cancer battle has spanned more than 7 years. In 2014, her cancer returned. At the time of the writing of her memoir, she shared that the cancer has spread to her spine.


Reviewer of the Month:
Lee Ambrose

I am passionate about words! I enjoy reviewing books for the SCN Book Review Site almost as much as I enjoy reading the reviews posted by my sister reviewers. Reading and writing are such an important part of my life that I cannot imagine a day without actively reading or writing—or both! When I am not immersed in "word-working" I am either working as a hospice RN, serving as a Certified Lay Minister for the United Methodist Church, pursuing the "next step" in my path to licensed ministry, working on a personal book project, knitting, quilting, or enjoying the many gifts of Mother Nature.

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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