Author Archives: Judy M. Miller

Reviews Are In

Summer is winding down and reviews appear to be picking up. We hope you will consider reviewing for Story Circle Book Reviews (SCBR), if you haven’t already. You can get started by submitting a review here.    

SCBR welcomes strong reviews of stories by, for and about women. We regularly receive wonderful books about a vast array of topics relevant to women: memoir, creative life, relationships, history, spirituality, romance, thrillers, anthologies, and young adult, just to name a sampling…

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Reviews this time out include:

BURYIN’ DADDY by Theresa Nicholas is an elegantly crafted memoir about the effect of early loss of the author’s father. (Reviewed by Trilla Pando)

WRITE A MARKETABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK IN 7 WEEKS by Shirley Raye Redmond and  Jennifer McKerley is an easy to follow writing course in book format. (Reviewed byJudy Miller)

Sharon Lippincott says “exquisitely intimate thoughts and reflections combine with a skillful rendering of social conditions of the seventies to evoke a hauntingly complete sense of that age in both calendar and human development sense.” in author JoAnn Beard’s IN ZANESVILLE.

A CRACK IN EVERYTHING by Angela Gerst is a classic containing politics, love, hate, and greed; nothing is as it seems. Reviewed by Judy Alter.

MARCUS OF UMBRIA by Justine van der Leun is a love story about bond between a woman and her dog. (Reviewed by Laura Strathman Hulka) 

Encouraging quotations, probing questions and journaling prompts lie within the pages of SOULISTRY by June Mack Maffin. (Reviewer Sharon Lippincott)

WHAT WE HAVE by Amy Boesky Dynamics chronicles generations of family dealing with the tragedy of living and dying with a legacy of cancer. (Reviewed by Janet Caplan)

Longer Days = More Time for Reading

Well, we’ve celebrated the summer solstice and still have many long days full of bright natural sunlight in which to appreciate and read by. Here are some titles you might enjoy during those extended wonderful hours.

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Ann Packer shares rich, touching, intelligent, and tender stories of life in Palo Altoin SWIM BACK TO ME. Reviewer by B. Lynn Goodwin says, “Packer peels back the layers of pretense which helped me see both the town and the people in a deeper, more revealing way.”  

AMONG THE DEPARTED, by Vicky Delany, is the fifth installment in the Constable Molly Smith mystery series and full of many sub-plots and twists that keep the story moving at a “good pace.” Reviewed by Janet Caplan.

PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM, by Kyung-Sook Shin, is a heart-wrenching and painfully honest account of a Korean family torn asunder when mother disappears. Reviewed by Susan Ideus.

Reviewer Susan J, Tweit found WHAT I LEARNED AT BUG CAMP, by Sarah Rabkin, herself drawn into the essays of being human, at home in and engaged with our world.

THIS LAST HOUSE, by Janis P Stout, explores how a house can be an “expression of ourselves and what is important to us.”  Reviewed by Susan Wittig Albert. 

READING WOMEN, by Stephanie Staal, is a handbook of feminism: where we’ve been and where we are going. Reviewed by  Laura Strathman Hulka.

What Are YOU Looking for In a Book?

Books are more than the sum of their words. They have the ability to entertain, take you places you’ve never been before, and beg you to examine a perspective you might not have considered. Books teach, comfort and challenge. You can fall “in love” with a book because of the writer’s voice, the characters or the plot.

Are you looking for that next book that will do one or more of the aforementioned? Keep reading, because the review team has reviewed a number of books that might “fill the bill.”  In-depth reviews of each title can be read by clicking on the link. Books can be purchased through SCN by clicking on the book’s image accompanying the review. Purchasing through SCN helps support our many programs and women’s life-writing work.

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War leaves indelible impression on those involved and impacts the next generation in GATED GRIEF, by Leila Levinson. (Reviewed by Judith Helburn)

Reviewer Trilla Pando says that ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF NORMAL, by Debra Monroe, is a compelling story, compellingly told. A memoir about transracial single-parent adoption.

Author Harriet Reisen “takes a deeper and more introspective look at the Alcott family and its influence on Louisa’s writings” in LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: THE WOMAN BEHIND LITTLE WOMEN. Reviewer Laura Strathman Hulka says this biography is remarkable and honest.

THE TIN TICKET, by Deborah Swiss Swiss, painstakingly pieces together the heroic stories of Agnes McMillan and Janet Houston through meticulous documented research and written records to tell how Australia became populated by convicts. (Reviewer Judy Miller)

KOSHER NATION, by Sue Fishkoff, is a comprehensive, detailed look at the complete spectrum of kashrut—the restrictions involved in certifying that food is kosher. (Reviewed by Judith Helburn). 

NO EXCUSES, by Gloria Feldt, examines the repetitive pattern of women who come to power, only to relinquish it. Wonderful tools are offered in detail to break the cycle. (Reviewer Judy Miller)

ALL ALONE,by Patricia Daly-Lipe, chronicles a daughter efforts to connect to her family through searching the past. Reviewer Martha Meacham says this little memoir is full of lessons about a life well lived and the twists and turns that we find on our life’s journey.