Editors' Picks

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Curious Charms   

 Curious Charms

Many of us go on the Hero's Journey when we are young, facing challenges and obstacles and, finally reaching some satisfaction. Others of us have lived a life, fairly smooth and comfortable, and are jolted into the Hero's Journey for Elders.

Arthur Pepper is one of the latter. Pepper, grieving for the loss of his beloved wife discovers something of hers which piques his curiosity and jolts him out of his passive grief. He begins a physical journey to discover not only who his wife was before they met, but also to discover who he has the potential to be. more...
Fat Girl, Skinny   

 Fat Girl, Skinny

Amye Archer draws the reader into her battle of the bulge and so much more. She shares her reflections, questions, and brutal self-loathing as she journeys through a seemingly endless series of poor decisions. Bullied and wounded as a girl because of her weight, she fills the cavernous emotional wounds with secret addictions with food, alcohol, and boys. more...
Food Artisans of the Okanagan   

 Food Artisans of the Okanagan

Jennnifer Cockrall-King is a food culture writer who writes with enthusiasm and expertise about the bakers, the beekeepers, the butchers and the farmers, foragers and fishmongers of the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

The Okanagan is known as one of Canada's premier wine destinations and it's now the fastest-growing "foodie" destination. (Although winemakers are culinary artisans as the author points out, they're not included in this book as there are several excellent books about them.) more...
In Robin's Nest   

 In Robin's Nest

Elizabeth Sumner Wafler's enchanting debut novel, In Robin's Nest, is a perfect feel-good summer read. The story is a rotating first person narration by three characters: Robin, Lark, and Dean, though Robin is clearly the lead protagonist. It is almost like reading parallel stories about the same events as the novel moves back and forth from 1977 to the present, creating a compelling 'will she or won't she' drama. Theresa, Robin's parents, and Dean's mother are strong secondary characters. more...
Red Flags   

 Red Flags

Tammy Kaehler's latest mystery, Red Flags, is a book that reminded me why I love reading so much. I have wanderlust in my soul but there is never enough money for me to travel to all the places on my bucket list. Well-written books, about places and worlds that I know nothing or little about, help fill the void. more...
Heartprints of Africa   

 Heartprints of Africa

"Like a thumbprint, a heartprint is unique. Life experiences, victories, struggles, and wounds are their ridges and valleys. Unlike footprints, swept away as a fading memory, they endure and connect across generations and cultures. Africa lures its people back. A call, dampened by the busyness of American life, never disappears. It still whispers and beckons to me in the quiet." —Cinda Adams Brooks more...
Curious Charms
Fat Girl, Skinny
Food Artisans of the Okanagan
In Robin's Nest
Red Flags
Heartprints of Africa

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Review of the Month


The Year of Living Virtuously by Teresa Jordan
For her ninetieth birthday, Laberta Altermat bought herself black lingerie. My friend Greer told me this... as we drove to a gathering of a book club in Virgin, Utah, near Zion National Park. Greer also said that Laberta looked more like seventy than ninety. Still, when we arrived, I didn't immediately take the vibrant woman on the couch to be Laberta. I heard her hearty laugh before I even entered the room. She had pure-white hair in a chic, asymmetrical cut and wore a tiger-striped sweater and a large, Picasso-inspired necklace. Her confidence of style endeared me, but I was most engaged by her flashing, mischievous eyes.
That vivid picture of Laberta Altermat opens the essay on love, one of 45 mostly short chapters in this personal book exploring virtue and vice in daily life. The book's subtitle sums up its aim: A Meditation on the Search for Meaning in an Ordinary Life. Teresa Jordan clearly knows how to tell a story and hook a reader. What keeps us reading is her wide-ranging, open and erudite mind.and where she takes the story and what she makes of it. more...

Susan J. Tweit    Reviewed by Susan J. Tweit
Susan J. Tweit is the award-winning author of twelve books (including her memoir, Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey, and Colorado Scenic Byways, winner of the Colorado Book Award), numerous magazine articles, and newspaper columns. Visit her website.
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Sarton Winners Announced


The Story Circle Network has announced the name of the 2014-2015 Sarton Women's Literary Award winner and finalists:
  • Jill Kandel, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village (Memoir)
  • Susan Marsh, War Creek (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Barbara Stark-Nemon, Even in Darkness: A Novel (Historical Fiction)
For information about the 2015-2016 competition...

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