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The Review Team Has Outdone Themselves!

Oh my, do we have a lot to share! Scroll on down!

I know you’re going to find one or many books you wish to read. Further insight can be gleaned from the fabulous reviews by clicking on the highlighted titles. Have fun!

Follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest reviews. Purchase through SCN and help support SCN’s many programs and women’s life-writing work.

TRIO, by Eve LaSalle Caram, explores the lives of three members of a Texas/Louisiana family. (Reviewed by Judith Helburn) 

THE WRITING WARRIOR by Laraine Herring, portrays a way of thinking as much or more than a way of writing. (Reviewed by Sharon Lippincott)

GROWING UP LAUGHING by Marlo Thomas, is a memoir and love story, and a thank-you to family. (Reviewed by Laura S. Hulka) 

HARD GRASS, by Mary Zeiss Stange, is about life in the immense expanses of arid grasslands of the western Great Plains. (Reviewed by Susan J. Tweit)

BREAST CANCER: NO ONE CHOSE THIS JOURNEY, by Fran Padgett, resounds with love, hope and sharing. (Reviewed by Trilla Pando)

WHEN THE SNOW FLIES, by Laurie Alice Eakes is a story about the determined Audrey Sinclair Vanderleyden, a woman physician, who was born before the time women were doctors. (Reviewed by Lee Ambrose)

Understand history and the development of artificial sweeteners in EMPTY PLEASURES, by Carolyn de la Peña. (Reviewed by Susan Wittig Albert)

Amazing recipes, accompanied by color photos, fill THE AMISH COOKS' ANNIVERSARY BOOK, by Lovina Eichel. (Reviewed by Judy Alter)

TALES OF A TITMOUSE, by Pamela Barrett, is an inspiring "depths-of-despair-to-redemption" story. (Reviewed by Jennifer Melville)

J: THE WOMAN WHO WROTE THE BIBLE, by Mary F. Burns, is thought-provoking and mesmerizing. An original. (Reviewed by Jennifer Melville)

FINDING THE DEEP RIVER WITHIN, by Abby Seixas, shares solid, concrete ways to recover balance and meaning. (Reviewed by Laura Strathman Hulka)

THE CREATIVE LIFE, by Julia Cameron, dismantles “the mythology that tells us art is made by loners and made with heroic ease.” (Reviewed by Becky Lane)

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE, by Supriya Bhatnagar, portrays the enduring complexities of India. (Reviewed by Carol Smallwood)

Lisa Shannon’s memoir, A THOUSAND SISTERS, makes the stories of the brutal atrocities against women in the Congo compelling. She invites us all to help, to make a difference. (Reviewed by Lynn Goodwin)

The very moving THE SPIRIT OF A WOMAN, edited by Terry Laszlo-Gopadze, is an anthology of authentic stories of courage, compassion and discovery. (Reviewed by Mary Ann Moore)

Debra Monroe’s ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF NORMAL chronicles how she and her daughter, a white mother and black daughter,”grew and learned together.” (Reviewed by Judy Alter)

Reviewer Sherry Wachter says that I WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND, by Brenda Peterson, is “a reminder that the earth and its inhabitants are a joy as well as a responsibility.”

AS A FARM WOMAN THINKS, by Nellie Witt Spikes, edited by Geoff Cunfer, is a history, as ordinary rural folk lived it. (Reviewed by Susan Wittig Albert)

October 2010 Podcasts

Welcome to Story Circle Network Podcasts! Join us this month as Story Circle Network members read from their work. We will hear readings from blogs and book reviews. Helen Ginger reads Mermaid Tales from her blog: http://www.helenginger.com/

Susan Ideus reads her book review of Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, An Altar in the World.

Text-based book reviews can also be found@ http://storycirclebookreviews.org/

Thank you Story Circle Network volunteers for sharing your work!

Tune in and listen to your Story Circle sisters!

Do you enjoy listening to these stories and interviews? Are you interested in reading your work? No experience is necessary for contributing content.

If you’d like to help out with the podcast, send a note to podcast@storycircle.org.

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Reflections on Reading and Reviewing

You know, reading a book is fun. We are entertained and challenged. We connect emotionally, and sometimes viscerally, with others—the writers and characters. We travel and learn. And we grow, beyond the learning. We can’t read and not grow. Reading expands the mind.

Being able to read is rewarding and a privilege. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people that can’t read or don’t have books available to read. We are fortunate.

Reviewing for Story Circle Book Reviews (SCBR) is fun, rewarding, and a privilege. The editors send a note to the contact we have for the reviewed book, letting them know the book has been reviewed. Sometimes we get a note back because our reviewers do such an amazing job. The reviews are deeply appreciated. Here is a recent example:

Dear Susan,

I deeply thank you for the incredible review. Mary Ann Moore was professional in her approach and did a review that every author dreams of.  She really took the book to heart and gave her wonderful insights through words that honored and blessed our words.

All of us connected with The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire thank you for your contributions to sharing stories that are important to all of us.

It is a great privilege to link to you and be connected with you.

With great respect, appreciation and gratitude.

Terru

Terry Laszlo-Gopadze
The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire
Publication Date: June, 2010

So when reading a book, consider what went in to it and how it was been crafted. And if you are one of SCN’s reviewers, thank you. And if you’re not, we’d love to have you on as a part of the team.

Here’s a synopsis of reviews since September 14th.  Follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest reviews. **Remember: purchasing through SCN helps support SCN’s many programs and women’s life-writing work.

THE GENTLEMAN POET by Kathryn Johnson, pays homage to Shakespeare and The Tempest. A delightful read. (Reviewed by Laura S Hulka)

BURNING HORSES by Agatha Hoff, is a fascinating and harrowing German occupation survival story. (Reviewed by Judith Helburn)

Reviewer Jennifer Melville says A MAZE OF GRACE, by Trish Ryan, is a breath of spiritual fresh air and full of inspiring and striking humor.

LET’S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME by Gail Caldwell, is an honest narrative of friendship, loyalty, loss, and grief. (Reviewed by Susan Ideus)

Reviewer Trilla Pando could relate to all of the protagonists as they found the going “rough” in pursuit of their individual quests in Terry McMillan’s GETTING TO HAPPY.

AT HOME IN JAPAN by Rebecca Otowa is a journey of discovery—learning to live Japanese. (Reviewed by Susan M Andrus)

FURY by Koren Zailckas, is a superb example of bibliotherapy: amusing, insightful. (Reviewed by Susan M. Andrus)

 

Autumn is Knocking at the Door…

And it’s time to find some more books to curl up with. We have some recommendations for you.  

 

Follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest reviews. Purchase through SCN and help support SCN’s many programs and women’s life-writing work.

 

Mother Jones: Raising Cain & Consciousness, by Simon Cordery, is a story of fiery labor activist, Mary Harris. (Reviewed by Susan Schoch)

 

Profound mother-daughter dialogues fill BECOMING FLAME: UNCOMMON MOTHER-DAUGHTER WISDOM, by Isabel Anders. (Reviewed by Judy Miller)

 

CRAFT HOPE: HANDMADE GIFTS FOR A CAUSE, by Jade Sims, inspires the reader to spread hope, one stitch at a time. (Reviewed by Laura S Hulka)

 

A SPECIAL MOTHER, by Anne Ford, is an encouraging must-read for any parent with learning disabled child. (Reviewed by Judy Miller)

 

Susan J. Tweit’s interview of Ann Vileisis, author of KITCHEN LITERACY, is one you don’t want to miss. Find out more about foods on supermarket shelves.

 

THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. A tiny companion makes all the difference. Fascinating. (Reviewed by Susan Ideus)

Recent Reviews

Does the end of summer free you up for more time to read or just to dream about reading? Regardless, check out our newest reviews. There will be at least one title sure to interest you.

 

Follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest reviews. Purchase through SCN and help support SCN’s many programs and women’s life-writing work.

 

RUSSIAN WINTER, by Daphne Kalotay, is a stunning portrayal of love, loss, betrayals, enduring human spirit. (Reviewed by Susan Ideus)

Susan Ideus’ wonderful interview of author Daphne Kalotay about her debut novel, RUSSIAN WINTER is fascinating, an enchantingly complex and multi-faceted story.

 

Reviewer Penny Leisch recommends THE KITCHEN SHRINK, Dora C Wang; as required reading for anyone who cares what happens to her health.

 

CONFESSIONS OF A TEA LEAF READER, by Tanya Lester, is a confessional about intuition and tea leaves creating "a mystical experience." Sure to inspire you. (Reviewed by Mary Ann Moore)

 

In WOMEN, FOOD AND GOD, author Geneen Roth, says "…our relationship to food is an exact microcosm of our relationship to life itself." It is better to feel our unhappy feelings than to avoid them by eating. (Reviewed by Duffie Bart)

 

SALT IN OUR BLOOD, by Michelle L Eder, is a compelling enlightening read about families in commercial fishing. (Reviewed by Janet Caplan)

 

IN THE GREEN KITCHEN, by Alice Waters; Approachable course in cooking (green) by heart, with love. (Reviewed by Susan J. Tweit.)

 

WHY WE RIDE, edited by Verna Dreisbach, is an collection of essays by women writers depicting relationships and  unique communication between women and their equine companions. (Reviewed by Martha Meacham)

 

A VERY MODEST COTTAGE, by Thereasa Surratt, chronicles the rehab of 1920s-era motor court cottage with four earlier lives. Inspirational. Wonderful photos. (Reviewed by Susan Andrus)

 

September 2010

Welcome to Story Circle Network Podcasts!

We are here to share the writing of our members each month.

Join us this month as Story Circle Network members read from their work.

Text-based book reviews can also be found @ http://storycirclebookreviews.org/

Welcome Becky Lane as she reads her book review of The Unlikely Lavender Queen written by Jeannie Ralston.

Pat Bean reads an excerpt from her blog:

http://patbean.wordpress.com/

Tune in and listen to your Story Circle sisters!

Do you enjoy listening to these stories and interviews? Are you
interested in reading your work? No experience is necessary for
contributing content.

If you’d like to help out with the podcast, send a note to podcast(at)storycircle.org.

Scnpod

Celebrate With Us!! We’ve Hit a Milestone!!

We’ve hit 1000!! Book reviews, that is. Can you believe it? What wonderful work we do. And we enjoy doing it!

Follow us on Twitter for news of reviews, as they happen!

**And, don’t forget to purchase books through our book review site. By doing so you’re supporting SCN’s many programs and women’s life-writing work.  

 

BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THROUGH BREAST CANCER, by Anne Bennett, is our 1000th review! Reviewer Sharon Lippincott found the story provided strong encouragement for anyone with any form of cancer. “Faith, hope and light glimmers…”

 

THE TAPESTRY OF GRACE, by Lorraine Miller. (Reviewed by Penny Leisch) Explored many paths when searching for physical healing.

IN CHEAP WE TRUST, by Lauren Weber. (Reviewed by Susan Albert) The best way to save the planet? Stop buying stuff. Cheap is the new green.

 

SQUEEZED, by Alissa Hamilton, chronicles the darkly absorbing history of the Floridaorange juice industry. (Reviewed by Susan J. Tweit)

 

THE MAQUINNA LINE, by Norma MacMillan. (Reviewed by Diana Nolan) A saga of the strong spirits of generations, set in Vancouver Island, BC.

FEARLESS FEMALE JOURNALISTS, by Joy Crysdale, is “…jam packed with interesting stories…” about women who challenged stereotypes overcame great odds. (Reviewed by Jennifer Melville)

 

I'LL BE THERE TO WRITE THE STORY, by Maria Weber (Reviewed by Sharon Lippincott) Fascinating mother-daughter reconciliation through the dimensional veil.

THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE, by AImee Bender. (Reviewed by Barbara L. Heller). Quirky, ambiguous, & entertaining; magical realism. “…tasty…”

REAL LIFE JOURNALS, by Gwen Diehn (reviewed by Susan Albert) A unique marriage: art of handcrafted books & art of journaling.