Editors' Picks

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A Quiet Fear   

 A Quiet Fear

A Quiet Fear is fiction based on author Thia Keen's own traumatic experiences of sexual, emotional and physical abuse as a child. The novel starts when Lily (the protagonist) attends her first session with her therapist for symptoms of severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD). Lily's anxiety is palpable throughout the novel as recurring childhood memories of her godfather / uncle's demented sexual fetishes surface from deep in her psychic. more...
Loving Lindsey   

 Loving Lindsey

"I wanted a daughter...but not the one I got."

This was the painful admission that Linda Atwell eventually told a therapist about her daughter, Lindsey. Atwell had dreamed of having the perfect child, and her beautiful, healthy newborn daughter seemed the realization of her dreams. But at 16 months of age, Lindsey had a terrifying grand mal seizure. more...
A Matter of Selection   

 A Matter of Selection

I am a memoirist and a quilter whose how-to-write-poetry books are tucked into a corner of my bookcase, rarely used. Their condition well-matches my skills in reviewing poetry. Yet years ago, I fell in love with Smallwood's writing in her fiction novel Lily's Odyssey, and have read her subsequent books of poetry ever since. more...
Treading Water at the Shark Cafe   

 Treading Water at the Shark Cafe

I was curious to read this memoir, Treading Water at the Shark Café by Lyndon Back, to learn more about events I remembered very little about. The author tells of her mission: to travel with an open heart through the war-torn countries that were once called Yugoslavia, in what she calls a "ministry of witness." more...
A Quiet Fear
Loving Lindsey
A Matter of Selection
Treading Water at the Shark Cafe

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Review of the Month


Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs by Beth Ricanati

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?

Of course not. Or to be more accurate—not all the time. more...

D Ferrara    Reviewed by D Ferrara
D Ferrara has been an active writer and ghost writer for more years than she cares to admit. Articles, essays and short stories are her continuing obsession; inclusion in numerous publications has fed this mania. As editor of the American Writers Review, she gets to see wonderful new work regularly. Her script, Arvin Lindemeyer Takes Canarsie, won the Oil Valley Film Festival, was a Selected Screenplay (Finalist) in the Hollywood Blvd.
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American Women in Their Cultural/Historical Context


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.)

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