Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Never Too Late   

 Never Too Late

At 62, Lynn Goodwin married a man whom she met on Craigslist, a man who was her total opposite. He had been widowed twice, had seven children, had a technical school degree, and owned his own electrical company. He was a born-again Christian preacher in a small church. more...
A Promise Fulfilled   

 A Promise Fulfilled

In A Promise Fulfilled: The Kitty Anderson Diary, Kitty declares, "What terrible days those were of anxiety and suspense in a country and at a time when much less conspicuous men than our Father were mysteriously killed for their sentiments or spent weary years of imprisonment. Alas, in times of war power will abuse the innocent offender and stain the purest cause!" more...
Starting With Goodbye   

 Starting With Goodbye

There's no going back. Not after death. The loss of a parent hurts and haunts the children, yet it is as inevitable as the joy of birth. A part of the circle of life. Lisa Romeo explores pain, unrequited guilt, obsession, and her continuing, improving relationship with her deceased father in Starting with Goodbye. more...
Ordinary Charms   

 Ordinary Charms

Jan Seale's collection of stories and essays in Ordinary Charms stands as a simple and beautiful legacy of life's ponderings and experiences by a woman who shares humorous and critical insights on many topics. The book is organized into creatively titled sections such as: Whims, Admonitions, Origins, and Groundings. more...
Our Native Bees   

 Our Native Bees

Paige Embry is a gardener and garden consultant with a background in geology who became obsessed with bees. We're lucky she did, because the result was Our Native Bees, a lyrical, passionate, and fascinating story of America's 4,000-plus species of native bees, the people who study and work with them, and the reasons these diverse insects matter to all of us. more...
Never Too Late
A Promise Fulfilled
Starting With Goodbye
Ordinary Charms
Our Native Bees

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Review of the Month


While They're Still Here by Patricia Williams

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. more...

Mary Potter Kenyon    Reviewed by 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.
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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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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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