Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

April 26, 2018. Vol. 11, No 4

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

Mary Fillmore Read Pat Bean's interview with Mary Fillmore, author of An Address in Amsterdam, the 2016 Sarton winner for Historical Fiction.

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

Cover Stories

Inside and Out: Women's Truths, Women's Stories is Story Circle's newest book. It's a 250-page soft-cover anthology of women's lifewriting, drawn from SCN's annual collections of work by its members. Edited by Susan Schoch, Inside and Out is a remarkable gathering of women's voices.

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

"We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become."
—Ursula K. LeGuin

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.

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Stories From the Heart IX:
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While They're Still Here
by Patricia Williams

From Mary Potter Kenyon's review:

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 21% of the U.S. population is providing care for an aging family member. Author Patricia Williams was surprised to find herself in this situation when she became a full-time caregiver for both her parents in 2003. A retired dental hygienist, Patricia had a strained relationship with them, complicated by alcoholism and infidelity.

Reviewer of the Month:
Mary Potter Kenyon

Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology and is a certified grief counselor. In May she will begin working as a program director for a spirituality center. Mary is widely published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of six books, including the award-winning Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace, and Expressive Writing for Healing journal. She is currently under contract for a book on creativity to be released in 2019. Her essay on the connection between creativity and grief was published in the January/February 2013 issue of "Poets & Writer's" magazine. Mary is a popular public speaker and writing workshop instructor. Learn more on Mary's website.

Sarton Women's Book Award:
2017 Sarton Women's Book Awards
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Dark Lady: A Novel of Emilia Bassano Lanyer
by Charlene Ball
Gathering From the Grassland
by Linda M. Hasselstrom
Lincoln's Generals' Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War
by Candice Shy Hooper
Defiance on Indian Creek
by Phyllis A. Still
Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City
by Christine Volker


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