Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Clear Skies, Deep Water   

 Clear Skies, Deep Water

Author Beth Peyton takes readers on a heartwarming journey of healing and new beginnings in Clear Skies, Deep Water: A Chautauqua Memoir. As Beth and her husband, Jeff, renovate their lakeside cottage, they also repair their lives following three painful losses in a short period. The cottage and the lake bring them solace as they grieve and put their lives back together. more...
Danger Comes Home   

 Danger Comes Home

Kelly O'Connell returns to her devoted readers in Danger Comes Home, the fourth book in the series that began with Skeleton in a Dead Space. In the first novel we met Kelly as a single mom with two small daughters, Maggie, 12, and Em, 9; now she's married to Mike Shandy, detective with the Narcotics Squad, who adores her yet often finds his main objective is keeping Kelly out of trouble. more...
Teach a Woman to Fish   

 Teach a Woman to Fish

Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive, has written a stunning account of her travels through Sri Lanka, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Burkina Faso—countries where her organization has worked with grassroots women's groups regarding poverty issues. Sharma's narrative includes a powerful collection of stories about the women from these four countries who have been learning how to overcome the forces of poverty. more...
Ankle High and Knee Deep   

 Ankle High and Knee Deep

It is a joy to read this eclectic collection of stories and essays by fifty-four country women from the west. But you don't have to be from the west or even from rural America to enjoy this anthology.

Ankle High, Knee Deep is organized into seven categories: Fortitude, Horse Sense, Community, Self-Reliance, Memory, Resilience and Lessons. Inspiring real life stories by these hard working, strong women pack each section, and overwhelm me with admiration and respect for them. more...
On My Ass   

 On My Ass: Riding the Midlife Crisis Trail

When Lou Dean and her friend, Jeanne Smith, begin their donkey-and-horseback ride across northern Colorado on a cloudy April morning, they expect things to be much different than what they encounter. Instead of mild temperatures and clear skies, they encounter day after day of pouring rain. Before they get completely dried out, it snows. And that's just in the first week. more...
Joe Potato's Real Life Recipes   

 Joe Potato's Real Life Recipes

[A] squirrel opens the first story in Joe Potato's Real Life Recipes, and introduces readers to the perhaps startling cast of characters—animal, human and plant—that populate the fictional but also powerfully real world of Meriwether O'Connor's slim first book. O'Connor knows and deeply appreciates rural Appalachia, its people and their no-nonsense and sometimes desperately hardscrabble existence. Her meandering writing voice perfectly conjures the culture she writes about... more...
Clear Skies, Deep Water
Danger Comes Home
Teach a Woman to Fish
Ankle High and Knee Deep
On My Ass
Joe Potato's Real Life Recipes

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Review of the Month


   Make Me a Mother, by Susanne Antonetta

I have read a great deal of adoption literature written by people representing varied perspectives within the adoption "constellation:" adopted adults, parents who have adopted, parents who have relinquished their children, and professionals and paraprofessionals who work with and support them. I have found a number of memoirs within the adoption genre to be challenging reads that are often too narrow in scope.
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Judy M. Miller    Reviewed by Judy M. Miller
Seven years ago Judy M. Miller took her husband's advice and began her writing career. It was in her first writing classes that Judy came across Story Circle Network. "I was drawn to the idea of women nurturing women in their quest to write and share their stories. I joined SCN soon after and volunteered to become one of the SCBR editors."
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Sarton Winners Announced


The Story Circle Network has announced the name of the 2013 Sarton Women's Memoir Award winner and finalists:
  • Tanya Ward Goodman, Leaving Tinkertown
  • Laura Gray-Rosendale, College Girl
  • Carole Garibaldi Rogers, Hidden Lives: My Three Grandmothers
  • Kayann Short, A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography
For information about the 2013-2014 competition...

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Meriwether O'Connor    Read Susan J. Tweit's interview with Meriwether O'Connor, author of Joe Potato's Real Life Recipes: Tall Tales & Short Stories.

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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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Briefly Reviewed...


We receive more wonderful books than we can possibly review. Here is 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!

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