Review Team

Susan Wittig Albert
Editor Coordinating Editor SuperNova "SuperNova" Reviewer

Susan Wittig Albert     In 1985, I left my career as a university professor and administrator and began working fulltime as a novelist and freelance writer. For the past 16 years, I've written the China Bayles herbal mysteries, and for the past five, a series of historical fantasies called The Cottage Tales, featuring Beatrix Potter. With my husband, Bill Albert, writing as Robin Paige, I coauthored a dozen historical mysteries set in Victorian-Edwardian England and over sixty books for young readers. I have also edited two anthologies for the Story Circle Network: With Courage and Common Sense (2004) and What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest (2007).

I've also written nonfiction. In 1992, I published Work of Her Own, a study of women who left their careers, and in 1997, Writing From Life: Telling Your Soul's Story, for women memoirists. That book led to the founding of the Story Circle Network, which encourages women to write about their lives. I helped to create the first edition of the Story Circle Book Review website and am delighted to be involved in its relaunch. You can find out more about my work at my website and get a look into the life of a working writer by reading my blog. Bill and I have lived in the Texas Hill Country for over twenty years, with a varying assortment of cows, sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, pigs, dogs, and cats.

  1. Alexander, Kelly and Cynthia Harris. Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

  2. Alter, Judy. Cooking My Way through Life with Kids and Books

  3. Alter, Judy. interview

  4. Astyk, Sharon. Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front

  5. Astyk, Sharon. Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage and Preservation

  6. Atwood, Margaret. Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

  7. Baldwin, Christina. interview

  8. Barker, Barbara. Container Gardening for Health

  9. Bodman, Karna Small. Gambit

  10. Buyer, Laurie Wagner. Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles

  11. Buyer, Laurie Wagner. When I Came West

  12. Cariou, Heather. interview

  13. Carpenter, Liz. Getting Better All the Time

  14. Carpenter, Liz. Ruffles and Flourishes: The Warm and Tender Story of a Simple Girl Who Found Adventure in the White House

  15. Carpenter, Liz. Unplanned Parenthood: The Confessions of a Seventy-Something Surrogate Mother

  16. Chittister, Joan. The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

  17. Clark, Marilyn Snethen, Barbara Snethen Leonard, Carol Snethen Reed. Outside the Fence: Stories of an Army Officer's Kids and WWII POW Camps

  18. Conway, Jill Ker. When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography

  19. Counihan, Carole M. A Tortilla is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado

  20. Counihan, Carol. interview

  21. Daum, Meghan. Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

  22. De La Peña, Carolyn. Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda

  23. Deppe, Carol. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

  24. DeSalvo, Louise. Vertigo; Writing as a Way of Healing

  25. Diehn, Gwen. Real Life Journals: Designing & Using Handmade Books

  26. Drake, Barbara. interview

  27. Ehrlich, Elizabeth. Miriam's Kitchen

  28. Ehrlich, Gretel. A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning

  29. Flammang, Janet A. The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society

  30. Flatau, Susie Kelly. Counter Culture Texas

  31. Flatau, Susie Kelly. interview

  32. Freidberg, Susanne. Fresh: A Perishable History

  33. Garfield, Charles, Cindy Spring, Sedonia Cahill. Wisdom Circles: A Guide to Self-Discovery and Community Building in Small Groups

  34. Goldberg, Bonni. Room to Write: Daily Invitations to a Writer's Life

  35. Gussow, Joan Dye. Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables

  36. Halber, Deborah. The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases

  37. Harman, Patricia. Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey

  38. Harman, Patricia. The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir

  39. Harman, Patricia. interview

  40. Hasselstrom, Linda M. Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work

  41. Hasselstrom, Linda M. No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life

  42. Hasselstrom, Linda M., Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis. Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West

  43. Hasselstrom, Linda. interview

  44. Hayes, Shannon. Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture

  45. Heyhoe, Kate. Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen

  46. Holstein, Dr. Barbara Becker. The Enchanted Self: A Positive Therapy

  47. Holstein, Barbara Becker. interview

  48. Hopper, Kippra D. and Laurie J. Churchill. Art of West Texas Women: A Celebration

  49. Horan, Nancy. Loving Frank

  50. Howard-Oglesby, Pamela and Brenda L. Roberts. Savannah's Black "First Ladies," Vol. 1: The Past, Present, and Future

  51. Hudson, Kathleen. Women in Texas Music: Stories and Songs

  52. Isleib, Roberta. interview

  53. Kelby, Nicole Mary. The Pink Suit: A Novel

  54. King, Sorrel. interview

  55. King, Ursula. The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for a Spiritual Life

  56. LaConte, Ellen. Life Rules: Why so much is going wrong everywhere at once and how Life teaches us to fix it

  57. Lappé, Anna. Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork
    and What You Can Do About It

  58. Lear, Linda. Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

  59. Legler, Gretchen. On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  60. Lindbergh, Reeve. Forward from Here: Leaving Middle Age—and Other Unexpected Adventures

  61. Linnea, Ann. Deep Water Passage: A Spiritual Journey at Midlife

  62. Linnea, Ann. interview

  63. Linzer, Deborah Hansen. Cameo Life Stories: Writing Guide for Everywoman

  64. Lopez, Rhonda Lashley. Don't Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country

  65. Lovejoy, Sharon. Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks

  66. Lydon, Susan Gordon. The Knitting Sutra: Thoughts on Handcrafts, Nature and Spirit

  67. Lynn, Teresa. Little Lodges on the Prairie: Freemasonry & Laura Ingalls Wilder

  68. Mairs, Nancy. A Dynamic God: Living an Unconventional Catholic Faith

  69. Malone, Bobbie. Lois Lenski: Storycatcher

  70. Mann, Reva. The Rabbi's Daughter

  71. McDonnell, Jane Taylor. Living to Tell the Tale

  72. Merrill, C.S. Weekends with O'Keeffe

  73. Miller, Susan Cummins, editor. A Sweet, Separate Intimacy: Women Writers of the American Frontier

  74. Miller, Susan Cummins. interview

  75. Mills, Marja. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

  76. Morgan, Deborah. interview

  77. Morrison, Susan Signe. A Medieval Woman's Companion

  78. Morrison, Susan Signe. Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife

  79. Norris, Gunilla. Journeying in Place: Reflections from a Country Garden

  80. Norris, Gunilla. Simple Ways: Towards the Sacred

  81. Patterson, Jamie. interview

  82. Perry, Susan K., Ph.D. Writing In Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity

  83. Phillips, EJ. Woman: What She Has Done With Where She Has Been

  84. Raab, Diana M. Dear Anaïs: My Life in Poems for You

  85. Raab, Diana M. Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal

  86. Raday, Sophia. Love in Condition Yellow: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage

  87. Ralston, Jeannie. interview

  88. Rehak, Melanie. Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

  89. Reichl, Ruth. Tender at the Bone

  90. Remmert, Donna. interview

  91. Refro, Yelizaveta P. interview

  92. Refro, Yelizaveta P. Xylotheque

  93. Rich, Joy Hoerner, Karen Tolley, John and Judy Waller. Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art

  94. Rose, Phyllis. The Norton Book of Women's Lives

  95. Rowe, Kathleen. The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter

  96. Schlosser, Katherine K., editor. The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Using Herbs

  97. Scot, Barbara J. Prairie Reunion

  98. Seale, Jan. interview

  99. Segalove, Ilene and Paul Bob Velick. List Your Self: Listmaking as the Way to Self-Discovery

  100. Shetterly, Susan Hand. Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town

  101. Sinor, Jennifer. Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O'Keeffe

  102. Smith, Kathryn. The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency

  103. Spikes, Nellie Witt, ed. Geoff Cunfer. As a Farm Woman Thinks: Life and Land on the Llano Estacado, 1890-1960

  104. Stout, Janis P. This Last House: A Retirement Memoir

  105. Strasser, Judith. Black Eye: Escaping a Marriage, Writing a Life

  106. Stuever, Mary. The Forester's Log: Musings From the Woods

  107. Stuever, Mary. interview

  108. Terzian, Mary. The Immigrants' Daughter: A Private Battle to Earn the Right to Self-Actualization

  109. Tweit, Susan J. Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey

  110. Tweit, Susan J. interview

  111. Van Gelder, Leslie. Weaving a Way Home: A Personal Journey Exploring Place and Story

  112. Weber, Lauren. In Cheap We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue

  113. Weimer, Joan. Awestruck: A Skeptic's Pilgrimage

  114. Wheeler, Robin. Food Security for the Faint of Heart: Keeping Your Larder Full in Lean Times

  115. Wilder, Laura Ingalls, edited by Pamela Smith Hill. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

  116. Wildwind, Sharon Grant. Dreams that Blister Sleep: A Nurse in Vietnam

  117. Woodman, Marion. Leaving My Father's House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity

  118. Yost, Paula Stallings and Pat McNees, editors. My Words are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History

  119. Yost, Paula Stallings. interview

  120. Yost, Paula Stallings. interview

  121. Young, Carrie. Nothing to Do but Stay: My Pioneer Mother

  122. Zackheim, Victoria, editor. For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance

  123. Ziedrich, Linda. The Joy of Pickling

  124. Ziegelman, Jane. 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement


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