Editors' Picks

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Redlined   

 Redlined

It was like finding the key to an encrypted message from the distant past. While cleaning out their parents' attic following their deaths, Linda Gartz and her brothers, Paul and Billy, came across what she describes as "gold"—box after box of journals, cards, and letters exchanged between their mother and father for more than 20 years. more...
The Passion of Marta   

 The Passion of Marta

Call it "The Passion of Caren": author Caren Umbarger is a professional violinist and string teacher, and that dedication shines through every sentence about music or violins in her award-winning historical novel The Passion of Marta. more...
My Real Name is Hanna   

 My Real Name is Hanna

When teenage Hanna says, "It's hard to keep the human spirit down," towards the end of My Real Name is Hanna, readers will nod. Her spirit is like Anne Frank's, but her story is quite different. It's the untold story of a real Ukranian family, a carefully researched and emotionally authentic tale about what it took to survive the Holocaust. more...
From Under the Russian Snow   

 From Under the Russian Snow

The back cover of Michelle Carter's From Under the Russian Snow promises a "memoir from Russia's bubble of freedom in the pre-Putin era," written by a fifty-year-old woman who left a position as managing editor of a daily newspaper to spend a year as a United States Information Agency Journalist-in-Residence in 1995 Russia. more...
Naked for Tea   

 Naked for Tea

In Naked for Tea, Colorado's poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer (a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award) delivers 68 poems in her wise, practical-yet-whimsical voice. Her phrases are accessible, relevant to anyone who has ever had a yearning, a curiosity, a love beyond explanation. more...
Redlined
The Passion of Marta
My Real Name is Hanna
From Under the Russian Snow
Naked for Tea

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Review of the Month


Listening to My Life: My Journey Through Fear to Trust by Ardine Martinelli

Listening to My Life is a double-barreled book—as Ardine Martinelli recounts how she learned to listen to herself instead of just about everyone else in the world, the reader gets a chance to listen to her fascinating story.

Martinelli built a powerfully successful career as a teacher, counsellor, principal, sex-equity coordinator and more, all roles that required her to listen to others, and she was excellent. But there was one person she didn't listen to: herself. And, it seems, neither did others. more...

Trilla Pando    Reviewed by Trilla Pando
I live in my favorite city, Houston, Texas where I write, volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts, enjoy all the fun a city offers. For years in both Texas and Georgia I wrote about food and memories in a weekly column "Stirring up memories." That remains my writing interest. Since 2000 when I joined Story Circle I've been a contributing editor to the Story Circle Journal and a member of the board. In 2005, I became president for a two-year term. I particularly relish writing book reviews. I'm delighted to have become a SuperNova Reviewer. Reviewing has made me both a more careful reader, as I seek to capture the essence of a book, and a more adventuresome one, as I enjoy the fun of sharing a new experience and books I might not otherwise have chosen.
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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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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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