Editors' Picks

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The Perfect Coed   

 The Perfect Coed

Judy Alter's two earlier series of cozy mysteries have been well-received, and now she brings a new set of fascinating characters to her readers in The Perfect Coed. Dr. Susan Hogan, a college English professor close to tenure review in Oak Grove, Texas, has noticed an unpleasant odor emanating from her car in the past few days. Knowing her car is woefully overdue for cleaning and that there could be a five-day old Thai food takeout transforming into a scientific study somewhere in there, she plans to clean the car on the weekend. 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...
Suzanne Davis Gets a Life   

 Suzanne Davis Gets a Life

Paula Marantz Cohen's plucky heroine in Suzanne Davis Gets a Life is a 34-year-old single woman living in a "shoe-box" sized apartment in Manhattan and writing press releases for I-ACE, the International Association of Air Conditioning Engineers. With a far-from-glamorous job, a ticking biological clock and not even a Mr. Right-Enough in sight, Suzanne has decided enough is enough. "Let's face it; I want more," she tells us straight. "I'm not asking for a Jane Austen novel, but I want love or at least companionship and maybe a bigger apartment. In short, I want a life." (p.7) more...
Those Who Remain   

 Those Who Remain

Ruth Crocker grew up with her three brothers in a hard-working and somewhat isolated pacifist, anti-war Quaker family in deeply-rooted, historic Old Mystic, CT. She was an innocent child who attended a fundamentalist church in Quakertown with her father, who subscribed to much—but not quite all—of the Quaker teachings. (They did have a television in their home.) Meanwhile, her future husband, an inquisitive child and natural born leader, was growing up in a career Army officer's family with his three siblings, traveling the world, and loving military life. more...
Crazy Horse's Girlfriend   

 Crazy Horse's Girlfriend

Sixteen-year-old Margaritte is constantly planning an escape route from her miserable circumstances. A mix of Apache, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and white, she finds her Idaho Springs, Colorado, home nothing less than depressing. Beyond ennui at home, Margaritte has to deal with the daily stress of her volatile alcoholic father and a mother who can be equally explosive, while helping care for her innocent six-year-old twin sisters. She's tired of living on the cusp of poverty, as well as being surrounded by teens who have no future aspirations. more...
Loved Honor More   

 Loved Honor More

For those of us who remember the late sixties and early seventies, the Vietnam War hangs over us as a dark cloud, now rapidly fading into past memory—except for those who were part of it. For some—my children—it is only something they've heard about in school. That war is at the center of Sharon Wildwind's Loved Honor More. As survivors back home in this country, would say, it was the war that followed them home. The book highlights military culture with its need-to-know discipline and its penchant for disguising and missing facts; the first war to really introduce the concept of post-traumatic stress syndrome and painful flashbacks... more...
The Perfect Coed
Ankle High and Knee Deep
Suzanne Davis Gets a Life
Those Who Remain
Crazy Horse's Girlfriend
Loved Honor More

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Review of the Month


   The Ambivalent Memoirist, by Sandra Hurtes

It's rare that a book captures my interest right from the prologue, but this one did. Sandra Hurtes writes with an openness, honesty, and passion that draw you into her personal story.

Her strong ties throughout her life to her birthplace come alive in her words... "Brooklyn was an emotional patchwork, and I was sewn into its seams." Hurtes had many opportunities to leave, but the fears and 'what ifs' held her back...
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Donna B. Russell    Reviewed by Donna B. Russell
Donna B. Russell is a retired teacher, freelance poet, writer, and editor. She is an avid reader, a member of Story Circle Network, and recently began reviewing books. Since 1990 she has written a monthly column, "PetWise," has had poems and articles published online and in print, including articles in the Vermont Tenant and the New England Baptist paper. She has also taught a workshop on "Relating to People with Chronic Pain/Illness," and is an online advocate for environmental and animal concerns.

Donna is a native of Vermont, where she lives with her husband David, two cats, and her service dog. They also have three married children, one grandchild, and one on the way.
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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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