Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

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...
Anything is Possible   

 Anything is Possible

Elizabeth Strout's collection of short stories, Anything is Possible, lives up to its title: anything is possible. Those possibilities may not be fairy tale endings in the Disney sense. Still, in this companion piece to Strout's I am Lucy Barton, the battered small town girl of that book is still a famous writer—maybe even more famous, as she is seen through the eyes of her neighbors. more...
Never Too Late   

 Never Too Late

I imagine Lily King, at the end of her life, "...sliding in sideways saying, 'Man what a ride" to paraphrase Willie Nelson. She has the guts, gumption, and determination to do whatever she wants. more...
Sugar Ride   

 Sugar Ride

"The roads have etched themselves into the skin of my belly," Yvonne Blomer writes in a reflection of her bicycle journey in 1999. After teaching in Japan and before returning to Canada, Blomer and her husband Rupert Gadd cycled in Southeast Asia for three months. Blomer writes in the present tense for an immediacy with the travel entries. She writes in the past tense for her current-day reflections of each day's travel, over time and terrain. more...
Mozart's Starling   

 Mozart's Starling: Stories From Jane's World

Carmen, the European starling that Lyanda Lynn Haupt raised as she worked on the book that became Mozart's Starling, inspired Haupt's intellectual explorations just as Star, the starling Mozart bought from a bird-seller in 18th-Century Vienna, may have inspired the composer's music. In probing what Star meant to Mozart, Haupt explores a fascinating array of topics: our relationship with nature, Mozart's music, the nuances in defining good and bad, the nature of speech, raising baby birds, the impulse to introduce non-native species, time and our experience of it, life in Mozart's Vienna, animal behavior, linguistics, the anatomy of the human ear and its impact on hearing, modern Vienna, and of course, Star, the starling who shared Mozart's house and life. more...
Pieces of Me   

 Pieces of Me

"I have my daughters. I have my passions. And, all things considered, I guess that makes me better off than lucky." For Lizbeth (Liz) Meredith to make such affirmative statements in 2016 is nothing short of a miracle compared to her perilous journey that began twenty-two years earlier. more...
Seven Wings to Glory
Anything is Possible
Never Too Late
Sugar Ride
Mozart's Starling
Pieces of Me

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Review of the Month


Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage and Cancer by Antoinette Truglio Martin

Antoinette Martin is a Stage IV breast cancer patient. Hug Everyone You Know is her compelling memoir about the importance of community while navigating a life crisis such as cancer. It is also a testament to the importance of mustering courage and not allowing a cancer diagnosis to define one's self. Initially diagnosed in 2007, her cancer battle has spanned more than 7 years. In 2014, her cancer returned. At the time of the writing of her memoir, she shared that the cancer has spread to her spine. more...

Lee Ambrose    Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
I am passionate about words! I enjoy reviewing books for the SCN Book Review Site almost as much as I enjoy reading the reviews posted by my sister reviewers. Reading and writing are such an important part of my life that I cannot imagine a day without actively reading or writing—or both! When I am not immersed in "word-working" I am either working as a hospice RN, serving as a Certified Lay Minister for the United Methodist Church, pursuing the "next step" in my path to licensed ministry, working on a personal book project, knitting, quilting, or enjoying the many gifts of Mother Nature.
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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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Anita Lock Star reviewer Anita Lock is a teacher at heart. About her work as a reviewer, she says, "Whether a preschool teacher, home educator, teacher's aide, tutor, music instructor, DJ, book reviewer, proofreader, or book editor, my goal remains consistent: it is imperative that I provide tools to help others succeed in life. One tool I have found to be most effective is books. Essential in building language skills for the very young, books are also replete with stories of self-awareness--and that goes for all ages. If readers are engaged in the whole experience of reading and, thus, are true to themselves, then they will be aware that books affect them in one form or other. It could be as subtle as, 'Huh. I didn't know that,' or impressionable, like, 'Wow! I can't wait to read the next in this series!' My plan as a book reviewer for Story Circle Book Reviews is to capture the essence of each story and then efficiently translate that into writing so that YOU, the reader, will be motivated to expand your reading sphere." read more...


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