Women's Review of Books 

Since 1983 the Women's Review of Books has provided a forum for serious, informed discussion of new writing by and about women. Women’s Review of Books provides a unique perspective on today’s literary landscape and features essays and in-depth reviews of new books by and about women. Women's Review of Books is published by the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, in collaboration with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia, PA.


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January/February 2016

  • Building Radical Bridges
    Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical By Sherie M. Randolph
    Reviewed by Benita Roth

  • The Woman You've Never Heard of Who's The Reason You Practice Yoga
    The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West By Michelle Goldberg
    Reviewed by Heather Hewett

  • The Mess They Leave Behind
    Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham By Emily Bingham
    Reviewed by Carla Kaplan

  • Puerto Rican, New Yorker, Latina
    Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon By Vanessa Pérez Rosario
    Reviewed by Lorgia García Peña

  • Lost and Found
    M Train By Patti Smith
    Reviewed by Lisa L. Moore

  • Becoming One of Them
    The Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman’s Life By Ann Burack-Weiss
    Reviewed by Ruth Ray Karpen

  • Are Scientists Human?
    The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club By Eileen Pollack
    Reviewed by Allie Rubin

  • Photography
    Images of Transition
    Photography by Claudine Doury and Commentary by Marie-Christine Guyot
    Translated by Ellen Feldman. Click here for the Commentary in French.

  • Disintegrations and Transformations
    Two Faint Lines in the Violet By Lissa Kiernan
    Bloom in Reverse By Teresa Leo
    Beauty Mark By Suzanne Cleary
    Reviewed by Judith Vollmer

  • Rewilding
    The Wolf Border By Sarah Hall
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • Field Notes
    A Novel in Verse with the Strengths of Each By Robin Becker

  • Poetry
    By Lauren K. Alleyne

  • Spanning Class and Country
    The Story of My Teeth By Valeria Luiselli, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney
    Reviewed by Martha Gies

  • Revealing Ourselves to Ourselves
    A House of My Own: Stories from My Life By Sandra Cisneros
    Reviewed by Miroslava Chávez-García

  • Capacious Feminism
    Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism and American Politics 1965-1980 By Melissa Estes Blair
    Watching Women’s Liberation 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News By Bonnie Dow
    Reviewed by Amy Kesselman

  • Keep It Real
    Falling in Love with Hominids By Nalo Hopkinson
    Reviewed by Rochelle Spencer

  • The Age of Curie
    Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information By Eva Hemmungs Wirten
    Reviewed by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

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