Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Justice in June   

 Justice in June

In the heart of a snowy winter, I've found it wise to sometimes seek out books that transport me to warmer, gentler places in our country. Justice in June did just that, sending me down to Miami—where the heat in Miami-Dade County was about much more than the weather—to share in the life of criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz. more...
The Secret of Midwives   

 The Secret of Midwives

My nursing background lured me to Australian Sally Hepworth's novel, The Secrets of Midwives and I was not disappointed. Hepworth's in-depth research offers an intriguing view into the world of midwifery, covering a period of sixty years. Well-developed characters are the heart of this novel. Three women from three generations explore the mother-daughter relationship. more...
The Story is the Thing   

 The Story is the Thing

Stories about cowboys and their lives have never been my thing. Having said that, I'll continue by saying that The Story is the Thing by Amy Hale Auker is one of the loveliest, most beautifully written, and deeply sensitive books I've read in ages.

The story line involves ranch owners, workers, and others written about on a series of yellow writing pads by William Morgan before his death, and read by Katy, an heir to the ranch. more...
The Persephone Book of Short Stories   

 The Persephone Book of Short Stories

The Persephone Book of Short Stories was published to celebrate the 100th title in the Persephone Press canon. An independent publisher, Persephone Press specializes in re-printing the largely forgotten and neglected fiction and non-fiction works of women who wrote through the middle 20th century years. Perceived and marketed as "middlebrow" fiction, each book in the series is carefully chosen to offer a fresh and new perspective on themes of particular interest to women readers. more...
Blue Hydrangeas   

 Blue Hydrangeas

Blue Hydrangeas is, by far, the most tender love story I've read in a very long time. While not a "happily ever after" love story, Blue Hydrangeas is sure to be one you will ponder for some time after you have finished reading it.

The subtitle is "an Alzheimer's love story." But while the book tackles the reality of life with Alzheimer's (for the person diagnosed with it as well as the friends and family members coping with it) Blue Hydrangeas is not just another book about Alzheimer's. more...
Fantastical   

 Fantastical

The cover of Fantastical: Tales of Bears, Beer and Hemophilia depicts a black-hatted bear standing upright atop a large ball, a black cane in one large paw. I wondered whether this slim volume of stories could live up to this imaginative cover with its dancing bear and tantalizing title. I needn't have worried.

In this collection of stories set in 1980s Yugoslavia, Marija Bulatovic presents her attempts as a child to make sense of the "fantastical" world around her. more...
Justice in June
The Secret of Midwives
The Story is the Thing
The Persephone Book of Short Stories
Blue Hydrangeas
Fantastical

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Review of the Month


   Worthy, by Denice Turner

In her beautifully written memoir, Worthy, author Denice Turner draws back the curtain and gives us a glimpse into the dominant forces in her world: the Chournos Family (her maternal family) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (informally known as the Mormon Church). Each is fraught with unrealistic expectations of self-worth that will have readers shaking their heads in disbelief and laughing out loud.
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Enid Cokinos    Reviewed by Enid Cokinos
Enid Cokinos has over 20 years of writing experience in the corporate world and the legal field. Her education, professional career, and travels across the United States, give her a broad base from which to approach various subjects. She is a member of the Indiana Writers Center, and Story Circle Network, and participates in a local writing group. Enid lives in Carmel, Indiana with her husband, Todd. Visit her website.
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Sarton Winners Announced


The Story Circle Network has announced the name of the 2013-2014 Sarton Women's Memoir Award winner and finalists:
  • Yelizaveta P. Renfro, Xylotheque
  • Amber Lea Starfire, Not the Mother I Remember
  • Janice Gary, Short Leash
For information about the 2014-2015 competition...

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