Editors' Picks

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Memories of Me   

 Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life

A few years before my mother died I gave her a journal and asked her to write down the stories and memories of her family and childhood that she had told me as I was growing up. Unfortunately, she only jotted down two of them before giving up on the project. With the birth of my grandchildren I realized that they would never know those stories, or the ones of my own childhood and that of their parents, unless I preserved them, but I was at a loss as to how to begin. more...
The Skeleton Crew   

 Jackson's Pond, Texas

Jackson's Pond, Texas tells many stories: the story of a family, the story of a strong woman, but mostly it tells a story of place—Jackson's Pond. An oasis in the barren, wind-blown prairie land of the Texas Panhandle, Jackson's Pond is not only a tiny lake but also a little town with the comings and goings, the dramas and, sometimes, comedies of small town life. more...
The Day the Whistle Blew   

 The Day the Whistle Blew

As a coal miner's granddaughter, I was intrigued by this title. The subtitle of the book, The Life and Death of the Stansbury Coal Camp, is a clear foreshadowing of what is to come. Marilyn Nesbit Wood opened her soul and dug deep to write this memoir. The Day the Whistle Blew deals with family dynamics on almost every level, as well as poverty, work ethics, public education in the 1940s and 1950s, the control of company towns on its residents, and the disparity of wealth between blue collar workers and the more elite white collar owner class. more...
Pioneer Girl   

 Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

More than eighty years after it was written, finally fans of the Little House books have an opportunity to read Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography, on which the popular series was based. In a heavily annotated edition, with maps and appendices that enrich the text, here are her memories of her family and their pioneer life from 1869 to 1888 in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territory. more...
Writing After Retirement   

 Writing After Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers

Writing after Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers, edited by Carol Smallwood and Christine Redman-Waldeyer, is a collection of twenty-seven essays divided into four sections. Each essay or chapter offers advice and informative anecdotes for anyone interested in pursuing writing as a career or avocation. more...
Memories of Me
Jackson's Pond, Texas
The Day the Whistle Blew
Pioneer Girl
Writing After Retirement

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Review of the Month


   The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement, by Laura Swan

Much if not most of women's experience has languished in the dark shadows of history. Around 1980 scholars became interested in a medieval movement of independent women known as beguines and began unearthing historical records about their way of life. The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement by Laura Swan illuminates the development and growth of the beguines from its formation around 1200 until the death of the last beguine in 2013.
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Barbara Heming    Reviewed by Barbara Heming
Barbara Heming has been a voracious reader ever since she learned to read. For her a snow day was a gift of time to journey into the worlds sandwiched between the covers of a book. She pursued a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature which opened doors into the literatures of other cultures. Since leaving academia and moving to a remote canyon in northern New Mexico, she has turned her attention to her lifelong dream of writing fiction. Her second Hall of Fame Mystery book is in progress.
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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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