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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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
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
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
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
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