Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

January 18, 2018. Vol. 11, No 1

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

Leslie Tall Manning Read Pat Bean's interview with Leslie Tall Manning, author of Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town, the 2017 Sarton winner for Young Adult Fiction.

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


Cover Stories


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


"There was one place where I forgot the cold, indeed forgot Siberia. That was in the library. There, in that muddy village, was a great institution. Not physically, to be sure, but in every other way imaginable. It was a small log cabin, immaculately attended to with loving care; it was well lighted with oil lamps and it was warm. But best of all, it contained a small but amazing collection from the world's best literature, truly amazing considering the time, the place, and its size. From floor to ceiling it was lined with books—books, books, books. It was there that I was to become acquainted with the works of Dumas, Pasternak's translations of Shakespeare, the novels of Mark Twain, Jack London, and of course the Russians. It was in that log cabin that I escaped from Siberia—either reading there or taking the books home. It was between that library and two extraordinary teachers that I developed a lifelong passion for the great Russian novelists and poets. It was there that I learned to line up patiently for my turn to sit at a table and read, to wait—sometimes months—for a book. It was there that I learned that reading was not only a great delight, but a privilege."
—Esther Hautzig

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.


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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.

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                Review of the Month                

The Skeptic and the Rabbi
by Judy Gruen

From Susan Hanson's review:

In an age when turning off your cell phone can seem countercultural, actually keeping the Sabbath may seem downright alien. But ironically, it's that dissonance that makes The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith so appealing.


Reviewer of the Month:
Susan Hanson

Susan Hanson, author of Icons of Loss and Grace: Moments from the Natural World, teaches in the English Department at Texas State University in San Marcos. She has worked for twenty years as a newspaper journalst, winning more than thirty awards, and has served as lay chaplain for the Episcopal campus ministry at TSU.

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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