Editors' Picks

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Summers of Fire   

 Summers of Fire

In 1976, a year out of high school, Linda Strader took a job with a wildland fire-fighting crew for the U.S. Forest Service in the rugged mountains of southern Arizona. Young, naive, and a little boy-crazy, Strader, one of the first women hired as a wildland fire-fighter, thrives doing the hard physical work of maintaining trails and the work station where the crew lives while they wait for their first fire. more...
Life on Muskrat Creek   

 Life on Muskrat Creek

Ethel Waxham Love recalls her arrival at Love Ranch, the central Wyoming "empire" of her husband, Scots sheepman and entrepreneur John Love. When they married, Ethel was 28 and John, who had courted her mostly by letter for five years since they met in 1905 at a dance, was 41. They could hardly have been more disparate. more...
Hidden Tapestry   

 Hidden Tapestry

Recognizing the author's name led me to Hidden Tapestry by Debra Dean. It was like no other book I've ever read. (Her historical novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, is one of my favorite WW II novels.)

Hidden Tapestry is the biography of a Flemish American artist, Jan Yoors. It starts in Europe before WW II and follows Yoors' unusual life—an intermittent vagabond childhood with gypsies, war-time resistance activities that lead to arrests and torture by the Gestapo. more...
Summer of the Horse   

 Summer of the Horse

Donna Kane begins her memoir with a drive up the Alaska Highway to Muncho Lake, where a float plane will fly her to a cabin on the shore of Mayfield Lake in British Columbia. She writes: "I was certain I'd lose my balance walking the plane's float to the wharf, as if I were crossing from one life to another and falling would confirm my recklessness." more...
Narrow Bridge   

 Narrow Bridge

It was such a delight to dip into Narrow Bridge to read the poems of Barbara Pelman in this, her third collection. I then went back to the beginning to read all the poems in order, savoring this exploration of bridges, both real and metaphoric. more...
Summers of Fire
Life on Muskrat Creek
Hidden Tapestry
Summer of the Horse
Narrow Bridge

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Review of the Month


Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community by Renee Hodges

Enough cannot be said about Renee Hodges' courageous memoir chronicling a nearly two-year period in which she and her husband Will took in what seemed to be a terminal, hopeless-case opioid junkie—Renee's nephew, Bobby. President Trump may make mention of our country's current opioid crisis, but policies alone cannot accomplish what the small community depicted here in Durham, North Carolina did, as led by Renee Hodges. more...

Shawn LaTorre    Reviewed by Shawn LaTorre
Former teacher, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program coordinator, and director of a Law Humanities Magnet program, Shawn currently lives in Austin, Texas. She is a reviewer for Story Circle Network and has contributed her time and efforts to Impact Austin as well as People Against Child Trafficking. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and reviewing books, gardening, biking, sailing, quilting, cooking and writing.
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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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