Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

A Field Guide to Happiness   

 A Field Guide to Happiness

Nashville, Tennessee native Linda Leaming aptly summarizes the spirit of her memoir, A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving, and Waking Up, when she writes, "See the world with your heart." She shares her memoir of the discovery of happiness with great heart. more...
The Skeleton Crew   

 The Skeleton Crew

In her fascinating and unsettling book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases, science journalist Deborah Halber thaws out some of the coldest cases in America's cold case locker: the unidentified bodies that have stacked up in city morgues and county coroners' storage facilities, neglected by law enforcement officials who are pressured to solve more recent cases. more...
The Letter   

 The Letter

"I will be different," Jamuna Devi pledged—and when I finished her memoir, I understood why.

Jamuna Devi was born in March, 1935 in Manipur, India, her parents' first child. Her maternal grandmother, to whom she dedicated her memoir, also lived with the family and deeply nurtured her grandchild. Still an only child by the age of nine, Jamuna's father sought other women with whom to father the prize all Indian fathers desired: a son. more...
Beneath the Lantern's Glow   

 Beneath the Lantern's Glow

From an early age Candace Rose Rardon had a love for the road less traveled. She was already an experienced world traveler when she booked the trip of a lifetime: six weeks to explore Japan and six countries in Southeast Asia. As an artist and writer she was used to traveling with a sketch book and journal in tow but for this trip she knew she wanted to compile her sketches and words into a book. more...
Be a Hero: Anita's Piano   

 Be a Hero: Anita's Piano: Riding the Midlife Crisis Trail

The adage "Don't judge a book by its cover" comes to mind when viewing the front of Marion A. Stahl's latest novel. The picture of a child's hands gracefully moving across piano keys evokes a gentle playfulness. Yet what it actually portrays is one person's stolen childhood. Be a Hero is based on the life of Anita Ron Schorr (nee Pollakova), a Holocaust survivor. Told through the eyes of a youth, it reveals what life was like for Anita growing up in Brno, Czechoslovakia pre, during, and post World War II (WWII). more...
We'll be the Last Ones to Let You Down   

 We'll be the Last Ones to Let You Down

"I grew up in cemeteries," begins Rachael Hanel in We'll be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter. "Cemeteries fed my imagination, and looking back, they even gave birth to it." In this book, which drew me and would not let go, Hanel's imagination and memory take us on a journey through not only her past and present, but the past and present of the place and people around her, creating a world that feels both ephemeral and real at the same time. Every time I opened the book, I did not know which world I would enter and the anticipation of surprise kept me reaching for the book again and again. more...
A Field Guide to Happiness
The Skeleton Crew
The Letter
Beneath the Lantern's Glow
Be a Hero: Anita's Piano
We'll be the Last Ones to Let You Down

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Review of the Month


   Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life, by Beth Powning

On a cool fall day on Canada's west coast, hearing the honking of Canada geese, I read of Beth Powning's "dream of the wild" on Canada's east coast. She also dreamed of the garden as she and her husband Peter Powning "imagined a life" and set out for New Brunswick, Canada from New England in the United States in 1972. They still live in New Brunswick on the farm they brought in the spring of 1970. In her introduction to this new edition, Powning recalls handwriting the words that begin her book: "The coyotes are newcomers."
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Mary Ann Moore    Reviewed by Mary Ann Moore
I am a poet, writer and creativity facilitator in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Ever since carrying them around, for the feel and smell of them, I have loved books—before I had yet learned to read! Writing book reviews comes out of my life-long love of sharing stories. Writing a review involves a closer examination of a book and further learning about its subject and it author. How DID she make it work?
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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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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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