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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November/Docember 2015

  • A Family Recipe
    Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs By Sally Mann
    Reviewed by Trish Crapo

  • Becoming Children
    South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration By Marcia Chatelain
    Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans By LaKisha Michelle Simmons
    Reviewed by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

  • An Activist in Her Own Right
    Eleanor Marx: A Life By Rachel Holmes
    Reviewed by Linda Gordon

  • Poetry
    By Alice Friman

  • Add These to Your Queue
    Women’s Cinema, World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms By Patricia White
    Reviewed by Erin Trahan

  • Color Politics Remix
    God Help the Child By Toni Morrison
    Reviewed by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

  • Cartoon
    Timebomb, or How I Discovered Sybil Lamb, My New Fave Queer Woman Author & ArtistBy Cristy C. Road

  • The Unrecoverable Recovered
    The Match Girl and the Heiress By Seth Koven
    Reviewed by Lisa Rodensky

  • Good Reads
    Outrunning Sadness By Trish Crapo

  • Imagining Alternative Worlds
    Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture By Adrienne Shaw
    Reviewed by Carmen Maria Machado

  • Should a Feminist Dance Tango?
    Dancing Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World By Kathy Davis
    The Gods of Tango By Carolina De Robertis
    Reviewed by Debra Cash

  • The Politics of Hair
    Plucked: A History of Hair Removal By Rebecca M. Herzig
    Reviewed by Rachel Somerstein

  • Vigorous Minds
    Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley By Charlotte Gordon
    Reviewed by Gina Luria Walker

  • Nothing Wasted
    Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life By Hermione Lee
    Reviewed by Ana Isabel Keilson

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