Editors' Picks

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On Being Stuck   

 On Being Stuck

Laraine Herring invites writers to create their own "Foundation Tool Kit" of "practices, prompts, movement activities, and playlists" to help move forward and deeper into their work. Besides making pencil notations throughout the book, I have typed up my "tool kit". It's full of questions for "Deep Inquiry," writing prompts, body and breath exercises, and a range of innovative approaches that I can use in my relationship with writing. more...
Invicible Summers   

 Invicible Summers

Who do you want to be? How will you get there? Women often explore these questions more deeply than men. Claudia Goodwin, who shares my last name and my sense that pieces of my life are missing, is the fictitious narrator of Robin Gaines memorable and stirring fiction debut, Invincible Summers. Written in Claudia's voice and covering several summers in the sixties and seventies, the novel digs into Claudia's psyche with the depth of any well-crafted memoir. more...
Horseback Schoolmarm   

 Horseback Schoolmarm

A one-room school house on a Montana ranch with a teacherage residence that was more a closet, where personal conveniences were nil-no indoor plumbing, no heat, and the barest necessities for furnishings. What would lure a recently graduated woman to teach there? But that question faded into the background by the time I reached page 10 of Horseback Schoolmarm, where "children swarmed out to meet me, 'Mama here comes the schoolmarm'." I just wanted to spend the year in that classroom with Margot Liberty. more...
Scattering Ashes   

 Scattering Ashes

Joan Rough had a complicated relationship with her mother. When she decided to take her into her home and care for her during the final years of her mother's life, Rough hoped for a healing experience. She hoped they would finally bond and have some quality time together. more...
Lois Lenski   

 Lois Lenski

As a young girl, I loved reading Lois Lenski's books. Even then, I knew I wanted to be a writer. But living on a Midwestern farm and attending a small rural school meant that my world was limited. Lenski's books took me to places—and time periods—that I couldn't visit and introduced me to ideas that challenged me and made me think. I'm sure that her lucid style, engaging characters, and intriguing plots played a role in making me the writer I have become. more...
On Being Stuck
Invicible Summers
Horseback Schoolmarm
Scattering Ashes
Lois Lenski

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Review of the Month


The Opposite of Comfortable by Sharon Nir

The language of business management is foreign to me, so when I began to read this memoir by Sharon Nir, The Opposite of Comfortable, and soon found myself in the land of "Knowledge Management" and "The Magic of Repositioning," the terminology was only jargon. The style seemed like the reportage of an MBA, and I was a little slow to become engaged. more...

Susan Schoch    Reviewed by Susan Schoch
Susan Schoch is a Colorado member of our editorial team. About herself, she says, "I'm a freelance writer and editor, specializing in memoir and personal history, and recently completed a biography of two revered ceramic artists, titled The Clay Connection: Jim and Nan McKinnell. It's always an honor and a fascinating journey to present someone's life story, something that Story Circle Network recognizes and fosters. My long membership in SCN has offered both motivation and fulfillment, so becoming part of Story Circle Book Reviews was a natural step. Every year, women write fine new books, and I'm glad for the opportunity to read and share the best of them. Working with remarkable women at SCBR, who share my enthusiasm and keep me growing, has been a wonderful bonus. When my attention is not on the page, it's often on family and friends, my garden, or making pictures, but writing or reading is always like coming home."
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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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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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