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.

 Watch this video interview with Amy Hoffman, editor-in-chief of the Women's Review of Books. Learn about the background history of the publication and how works are selected.

November/December 2016

    "Muslimwomen," Journalists and scholars
    Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World By Katherine Zoepf
    Reviewed by Lila Abu-Lughod

    How do you Solve a Problem Like Svetlana?
    Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva By Rosemary Sullivan
    Reviewed by Lesley Rimmel

    When is a Girl not a Girl?
    Sex Testing: Gender Policing in Women’s Sports By Lindsay Parks Pieper
    Reviewed by Laura Pappano

    The Gentle Penitentiary
    Liberty’s Prisoners, Carceral Culture in Early America By Jen Manion
    Reviewed by Martha Saxton

    Women Conservatives
    Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right By Melissa Deckman
    Reviewed by Abby Scher

    The Dancer from the Dance
    The Naked Result: How Exotic Dance Became Big Business By Jessica Berson
    Reviewed Lauri Umansky

    The Difficulty of Solidarity
    Striking Beauties: Women Apparel Workers in the US South, 1930-2000 By Michelle Haberland
    Reviewed by Priscilla Murolo

    Cartoon By Tara Madison Avery

    Good Reads Bad Choices By Trish Crapo

    Chasing Ghosts: A Memoir of a Father, Gone to War By Louise DeSalvo; Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman’s Life By Sandra Scofield; The Latter Days: A Memoir By Judith Freeman
    Reviewed by Rebecca Hussey

    The Tragedy in the Breakfast Nook
    This Angel on My Chest: Stories By Leslie Pietrzyk The Grass Labyrinth: Stories By Charlotte Holmes
    Reviewed by Kelly Cherry

    Translation and Retranslation
    Good on Paper By Rachel Cantor Ways to Disappear By Idra Novey
    Reviewed by Michelle Bailat-Jones

    Poetry By Darla Himeles

    Construction work
    Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith Edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, with Barbara Smith
    Reviewed by A.J. Verdelle

    Kids Today
    Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape By Peggy Orenstein; American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers By Nancy Jo Sales
    Reviewed by Nancy Jainchill


Women's Review of Books issues are now available for purchase as digital downloads!


The Women's Review of Books receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.




Women's Review of Books

Untitled Document

Women=Books Blog

WRB Nov2016_Jan2017
Sara Ahmed Womens Review of Books Duke University Press
wrb ad kobebook