Editors' Picks

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BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot   

 BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot

Fights for equality are a part of American history. Future generations, though, won't know about the more obscure ones without books like Sarah Rickman's biography, B.J. Erickson: WASP Pilot, which tells the story of women pilots serving the USA during World War II. WASP pilots were the Women's Airforce Service Pilots. They were civilians, contributing hugely to the military efforts. more...
Braided   

 Braided

Beth Ricanati is impressive. An Ivy League graduate, a practicing medical doctor, a mother, a wife, a writer, a clinician at prestigious hospitals, she presents as super-woman. Even as she describes sneaking glances at her Blackberry at a mother-and-child Hebrew class, we know she has it all, right? more...
If I Live Until Morning   

 If I Live Until Morning

The title of Jean Muenchrath's book, If I Live Until Morning and the book's moody cover of high mountains provide more than a hint of what story awaits readers. Something tragic is going to happen that will leave the author near death. And that is exactly how the tale unfolds. Caught in a storm high on Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the author slips and falls. She comes close to death before she and her cross-country skiing companion painfully make it down the mountain five days later. more...
My Real Name is Hanna   

 My Real Name is Hanna

When teenage Hanna says, "It's hard to keep the human spirit down," towards the end of My Real Name is Hanna, readers will nod. Her spirit is like Anne Frank's, but her story is quite different. It's the untold story of a real Ukranian family, a carefully researched and emotionally authentic tale about what it took to survive the Holocaust. more...
Prairie Fires   

 Prairie Fires

From the ironic epigraph to the 626th page, this monumental work held my attention. Caroline Fraser's work provides not only a deep study of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life, but a fuller understanding of the entire prairie pioneer experience in details supported by 2,074 footnotes. more...
BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot
Braided
If I Live Until Morning
My Real Name is Hanna
Prairie Fires

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Review of the Month


Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Mary Jo Doig

Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss is a layering of life stories and reflections that are both sobering and uplifting.

One layer recounts author Mary Jo Doig's life from birth forward, stories of people and events that draw the reader into each episode as though it occurred yesterday. Childhood and young adult stories are sprinkled with maturity's reflective wisdom. This layer reads like a suspense mystery, horror upon horror. The collective tragedies and disruptions is not an easy read, but the what-next suspense makes setting the book aside difficult. Doig grows up accepting labels repeatedly thrown at her, including stupid, bad, emotionally immature. She keeps trying to be what others want, to be accepted. She keeps running into obstacles. more...

Jazz Jaeschke    Reviewed by Jazz Jaeschke
Jazz Jaeschke is an Austin, Texas, poet and memoirist. A former member of the SCN Board of Directors, Jazz has led an SCN Internet Chapter poetry circle since 2003. Her work appears in festival anthologies and Story Circle publications. In 2002, Jazz published Significance, a memoir (mostly poems) spanning growing up and 33 career years with a high-tech company. Jazz is drawn to accessible poetry with a twist of mystery and relevance to living mindfully. Photography, SoulCollage®, labyrinths, nature, and travel arouse her muse. She pairs resulting poems with her photography on her blog.
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