Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

A Glorious Freedom   

 A Glorious Freedom

Author, illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon has created a gorgeous book dedicated "to all the late bloomers." Her beautiful full-color illustrations accompany essays, profiles and interviews with women who have become bolder and happier as they age. more...
Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch   

 Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch

Cherokee travel agent Sadie Walela is drawn into the mystery when a dead stranger is found with an arrow through his chest and his tools scattered next to a new and puzzlingly high wire fence along the back side of her rural property. more...
Seeking the American Dream   

 Seeking the American Dream

Author Heidi M. Thomas has a rich history to draw from as she crafts her stories about strong women of the West. In her previous books like Cowgirl Dreams and Dare to Dream, she wrote about her rodeo riding grandmother. more...
While They're Still Here   

 While They're Still Here

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 21% of the U.S. population is providing care for an aging family member. Author Patricia Williams was surprised to find herself in this situation when she became a full-time caregiver for both her parents in 2003. A retired dental hygienist, Patricia had a strained relationship with them, complicated by alcoholism and infidelity. more...
I Know it in My Heart   

 I Know it in My Heart

No one likes to contemplate the reality of childhood grieving, but children who lose parents or siblings will very likely need help in their healing. As author Mary E. Plouffe discovered after a sister's untimely death left her three-old niece motherless, our society doesn't offer much in the way of addressing childhood grief. I Know It In My Heart: Walking Through Grief With a Child explores the impact of parental loss on the young girl. more...
The Skeptic and the Rabbi   

 The Skeptic and the Rabbi

In an age when turning off your cell phone can seem countercultural, actually keeping the Sabbath may seem downright alien. But ironically, it's that dissonance that makes The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith so appealing. more...
A Glorious Freedom
Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch
Seeking the American Dream
While They're Still Here
I Know it in My Heart
The Skeptic and the Rabbi

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Review of the Month


In the Shadow of the Dragon's Back by Rachel Odhner Longstaff

"Time transforms memory. Like a painting, it is sensitive to change and exposure, and the natural aging process...It has always saddened me that I have not been able to share with my husband and children what was an exotic childhood in a faraway country more than half a century in the past."

Rachel Odhner Longstaff transforms these regrets into her memoir, In the Shadow of the Dragon's Back, recalling her family's life in South Africa from the beginning of Apartheid in 1948 to their return to the United States in 1960. more...

Christine Baleshta    Reviewed by Christine Baleshta
Christine Baleshta is a writer living in Austin, Texas, who focuses on wildlife and the natural world. She writes weekly articles for an Austin law firm and is the author of Looking for 527. Her essays have appeared in naturewriting.com, wolftracker.com, and Yellowstone Experiences, and other book reviews can be found at Washington Independent Review of Books. Visit her website.
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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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