Editors' Picks

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The Memory of Flight   

 The Memory of Flight

In The Memory of Flight, Debra Bowling celebrates the tradition of Southern literature, focusing her story on the family and the depressive issues of mental illness and abuse.

The novel is set in rural Alabama in the 1960's and 70's. In the opening pages, Marilyn, a young mother, attempts suicide to escape her life with an abusive husband. more...
The Ghosts Who Travel with Me   

 The Ghosts Who Travel with Me

Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America was published the year I was born, and it never made it to the must-read list of my adolescent years. Allison Green, however, spent pages upon pages in her diary writing about Brautigan, and the bucket list that she completes at age thirteen includes meeting this countercultural icon. At forty-seven, Green—a novelist searching for a new creative path, a daughter seeking to understand her familial heritage, a woman examining her progression as a feminist—decides to excavate her relationship to this book. more...
The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees   

 The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees

You know how sometimes a book opens a door to a world you never imagined existed, one you might not have cared about before that book entered your life? The Bees in Your Backyard is that kind of book. more...
Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia   

 Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia

Concerns over my family's long history of Alzheimer's disease drew me to Vicki Tapia's memoir Somebody Stole My Iron. As I peer into the future, the potential battle with this brutal thief is one of my greatest fears because of the way it robs what I treasure most—health, relationship, and memories. I wanted to learn all I could about this potential adversary. As a nurse, I have studied the medical side but was interested in the human and emotional aspects of this battle. I found what I was looking for in this eye-opening book. more...
Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life   

 Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life

Here is an antidote to the intrusive political histrionics pervasive in the media this summer! Joan Chittister provides a refreshing respite from the rants with her new book, Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life. This collection of light-hearted anecdotes is combined with passionate commentary about fear, love, relationships and the natural the world around us. The author has carefully chosen her words to resonate with a deep wisdom for our topsy-turvy times. more...
Red Flags   

 Red Flags

Tammy Kaehler's latest mystery, Red Flags, is a book that reminded me why I love reading so much. I have wanderlust in my soul but there is never enough money for me to travel to all the places on my bucket list. Well-written books, about places and worlds that I know nothing or little about, help fill the void. more...
The Memory of Flight
The Ghosts Who Travel with Me
The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees
Somebody Stole My Iron
Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life
Red Flags

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Review of the Month


   In the preface to Free Love, Free Fall: Scenes from the West Coast Sixties, author Merimee Moffitt writes, "In classrooms, I have encouraged students to express opinions and to realize that they are in charge of their own lives. I tell them...that their own stories are worthy material for poems and fiction and essays... Free Love is my speaking out, my finding of my voice, my living up to my own ideals and beliefs."
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B. Lynn Goodwin    Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice, which will celebrate its 18th year this October, and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing). Her stories and articles have been published in numerous publications including Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; the Oakland Tribune; the Contra Costa Times; the Danville Weekly; Staying Sane When You're Dieting; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; Thickjam.com; Friction Literary Journal; Inspire Me Today; and The Sun. This year she's been published in Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers, Small Miracles from Beyond: Dreams, Visions and Signs that Link Us to the Other Side, and Story Circle Network's True Words Anthology. She's just had a piece accepted by the Las Positas Literary Anthology. Her young adult novel, Talent (Eternal Press) will be available in 2015.
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Sarton Winners Announced


The Story Circle Network has announced the name of the 2014-2015 Sarton Women's Literary Award winner and finalists:
  • Jill Kandel, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village (Memoir)
  • Susan Marsh, War Creek (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Barbara Stark-Nemon, Even in Darkness: A Novel (Historical Fiction)
For information about the 2015-2016 competition...

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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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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." Visit her blog. read more...


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