Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

The Road Home   

 The Road Home

I was a young city girl when I met the country boy I'd marry, but I'd fallen in love with country life long before meeting him. Thus, I was easily drawn into Watters' The Road Home. I'd fanned through the book's pages, studied the wonderful old-time photos of rural farm life decades ago, then looked through the chapter titles. There I found a list of twenty-eight life lessons the author learned from her parents in her rural upbringing and used them as an unusual and captivating structure in which to pen her engaging story. more...
Margarita Wednesdays   

 Margarita Wednesdays

Deborah Rodriguez was on the run. Warned that she might be thrown into an Afghan prison, she'd also heard chatter that her son was going to be kidnapped. Her crime? She was "making a difference," Rodriguez writes in her new memoir, Margarita Wednesdays. "And it wasn't by being a doctor or a diplomat or a philanthropist, but by doing the only thing [she] knew how to do: hair." more...
The Boston Girl   

 The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl, a marvelous book, is told by Addie Baum, now 85 years old, to her favorite granddaughter, Ava. The story (told in first person) is an attempt to answer Ava's question, "How did you get to be the woman you are today?"

Addie was born in 1900 and as we learn her history, we also see a history of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the lives and plights of women. more...
True to Herself   

 True to Herself

True to Herself: One Vermont Writer's Lifetime of Making Good Things from Bad came at just the right time for me. Things around the house were busy, people coming in and out, and I was feeling frazzled and missing the time I needed to sit down and read anything of any great length. Alison Kirk's collection of essays, however, provided me with bite sized morsels of goodness—think chocolate chip cookies here, or maybe lemon bars—that allowed me to relax and lose myself for a few minutes here and there, possibly keeping me sane. more...
The Wives of Los Alamos   

 The Wives of Los Alamos

In 1943 a secret town was built on a high mesa northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Top scientists came to Los Alamos to work on a covert project that resulted in the explosion of the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima three years later. In her novel, The Wives of Los Alamos, TaraShea Nesbit tells the story of the community formed in that clandestine town by the wives who left careers and families to accompany their husbands to the desert. more...
The Road Home
Margarita Wednesdays
The Boston Girl
True to Herself
The Wives of Los Alamos

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Review of the Month


   A Wasp in the Fig Tree, by Mary Bryan Stafford

Every so often, a great book comes along—one with an exciting story, full of twists and turns, one that pulls you into another world that you'd like to stay in for awhile, one with carefully polished writing and real world dialogue. A Wasp in the Fig Tree by Mary Bryan Stafford is such a book.
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Denise McAllister    Reviewed by Denise McAllister
Denise McAllister is the Communications Coordinator/Editor for a residential community on Hilton Head Island, SC. She also edits technical publications for a global corporation and receive assignments from Austria and Finland. Blessed to be surrounded by water (and the occasional dolphins), Denise's heart is drawn to horses and anything Western.
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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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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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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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