Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

The Irresistible Introvert   

 The Irresistible Introvert

I'm finding the word "irresistible" a tricky word to spell. Being an "irresistible introvert" though is much easier and even more enjoyable since reading Michaela Chung's book. Everything about being an introvert is affirmed and applauded. more...
Even Now   

 Even Now

Jill Sabella and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer have put their respective lines together to create a book for current times. This book is a little treasure chest (a mere six inches square) full of catalytic gems that resonate with just about any punch life might be dishing out at the moment. Place near workstation or bed or altar for ready access. more...
Soldier Sister, Fly Home   

 Soldier Sister, Fly Home

When you are fourteen-years-old, how do you deal with an identity that is confusing and loss that is nearly inconceivable? If you are Tess in Nancy Bo Flood's middle grade novel, Soldier Sister, Fly Home, you talk to your Navajo grandparents, because your mom works at the hospital; and your dad is in Phoenix because he got a promotion at his computer company; and the white kids at the school in Flagstaff bully you because they see you as Indian, not Navajo or white; and your big sister, Gaby, is serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. more...
Dear Data   

 Dear Data

Ever since they were young, Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec have been fascinated with collecting and organizing information. Now, as adults they have published the results of a year of collecting data. Each week's data collecting was about what happened that week, based on a theme. Giorgia Lupi is an Italian woman living in New York. Stephanie Posavec is an American woman living in London. They are visual designers who love drawing and when they bumped into each other at an arts festival they realized how similar their lives were. more...
To the Stars Through Difficulties   

 To the Stars Through Difficulties

Romalyn Tilghman's debut novel, To the Stars Through Difficulties, presents parallel stories that weave into a suspenseful novel. One part relates the history of the building of the Carnegie Libraries in Kansas. Other stories tell of the present-day struggles of three women from different socioeconomic backgrounds and geographic areas of the United States. Fate seemed to bring Traci from NYC, Angelina from Philadelphia, and Gayle, a Kansas native, together in New Hope. Tensions mount, self-doubt runs high and suspicions dart about rampantly. more...
The Irresistible Introvert
Even Now
Soldier Sister, Fly Home
Dear Data
To the Stars Through Difficulties

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Review of the Month


Autumn Spring by Shelley Thrasher

When I opened the brightly colored autumn woodsy scene cover of Shelley Thrasher's latest novel, I entered a present-day small rural town that might bear some resemblance to Tyler, in east Texas, where the primary characters are members of an absorbing community of older women. The story shifts between the present day and the 1960s, as we meet some characters who have lived there all their lives, others who arrived at varied times, while two—Ann and Bree—grew up in the area, left after high school, and chose to live in large cities. Recently, life circumstances caused both women to return to the hometowns they'd been so happy to leave behind. more...

Mary Jo Doig    Reviewed by Mary Jo Doig
Mary Jo tells us, "I have found so many ways to nurture my reader's/writer's soul in SCN since joining in 2001. As I found deeper levels of my own story by reading other women's stories, my segue into writing book reviews was a natural. I am honored to be part of the editorial team for our outstanding SCN Book Review site and hope you visit it often. The reviews are so excellent and the books reviewed are both current and the best from today's indie women authors."
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American Women in Their Cultural/Historical Context


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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Briefly Reviewed...


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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Martha Meacham Martha Meacham has a home nestled in motts of live oak and clumps of junipers on a piece of hardscrabble land southwest of Austin. The Texas Hill Country reminds her of the rolling ridges of upstate New York where she grew up before leaving for college in Mexico.

With a backpack and Swiss army knife in her pocket, she traversed mountain ridges and deep dolinas throughout Mexico and Guatemala in her youth. That journey landed her in Austin working in higher education. Today she works to build bonds between dog and humans through training and fun activities like K9 Nose Work. Learn more on her website.

Martha first joined Story Circle Network at the Lifelines Retreat in 2007. Soon afterwards, she served as Vice President on the Board. A favorite pastime is reviewing "books by, for and about women" as part of the Book Review team. read more...



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