Editors' Picks

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Jewels of San Fedele   

 Jewels of San Fedele

Jewels of San Fedele describes many a writer's dream: retreating from the demands of everyday life for a week on a hill in Italy surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. This anthology is the product of fourteen writers who traveled great distances to reflect, meditate and write every day in San Fedele, Italy. more...
Seven Wings to Glory   

 Seven Wings to Glory

In Seven Wings to Glory, Kathleen M. Rodgers continues the story of Johnny and her family which began in the acclaimed novel Johnny Come Lately. Johnny, a columnist in the local paper in the small Texas town of Portion, is the mother of three. Her youngest son, Cade, has shipped off to Afghanistan. Communication with him is spotty with long silences while Cade is on patrol or without internet service. more...
Song of the Plains   

 Song of the Plains

When you are the founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, have published an award winning memoir plus written books on memoir writing, and teach memoir classes, expectations for your second memoir run high. more...
Not a Perfect Fit   

 Not a Perfect Fit

In Not a Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane's World, author Jane A. Schmidt offers a collection of random memories chronicling her life in concise, three-to-four page anecdotes. The stories were originally published in her community newspaper and tap youthful memories and adult life experiences. From stories of her early family vacations and youthful neighborhood adventures to those of her working life and her off-grid country living and eventual modernizing of her home, Jane offers self-depreciating and humorous accounts of her varied misadventures. more...
Ladies Drawing Night   

 Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party

Ladies Drawing Night is so visually appealing that I kept looking at the photographs and art work for a long while before actually reading the book. Kate Edwards, a photographer from Brooklyn, took photographs of the women who created the art and their various art projects, completed and in progress. more...
Jewels of San Fedele
Seven Wings to Glory
Song of the Plains
Not a Perfect Fit
Ladies Drawing Night

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Review of the Month


Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place by Rilla Askew

Since the killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and countless other black women and men by police, racism has once again exploded in American media and psyches. As people of conscience, we bear painful witness to the unending violence of our racist culture. We seek understanding and maybe absolution, by reading the words of Black writers: Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Baldwin, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. more...

Lauren Ross    Reviewed by Lauren Ross
D. Lauren Ross is a writer, environmental engineer, and white anti-racist organizer. She is a member of the Story Circle community and her writing has been published in several anthologies and magazines, including Sea Kayaker Magazine. She is a founding member of Undoing Racism Austin and Undoing White Supremacy Austin.
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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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Meet Our Reviewer of the Month


Pat Bean Pat Bean is a retired journalist who traveled the country for nine years in a small RV with her canine companion, Maggie. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona, where she is in the final editing stages of her book, Travels with Maggie. The book is about a six-month journey through 23 states and Canada on her way to Acadia National Park in Maine. Pat is on the Board of Directors for SCN, and was named SCN's blogger of the year for 2015. She enjoys reading, walking her dog Pepper, birding, photography, and art. She won first place in Story Circle Network's recent Hot Flash writing contest for her flash-fiction, "The Heart of a Dog." Her interviews with Sarton winners are featured in the SCN Journal and on the SCBR website. Visit her blog. read more...


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