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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July/August 2014


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  • An African American Prima Donna
    American Cocktail: A "Colored Girl" in the World
    By Anita Reynolds, with Howard Miller, Edited by George Hutchinson
    Reviewed by Marilyn Richardson

  • The Gendered Politics of Seriousness

    Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises As if Women Mattered
    By Cynthia Enloe
    Reviewed by Charlotte Bunch

  • A Medical Sea-Change
    Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine
    By Naomi Rogers
    Reviewed by Patricia Kullberg

  • Genital Mutilation, Western Style
    Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine
    By Ellen K. Feder
    Reviewed by Catherine Clune-Taylor

  • Leaders, Not Ladies
    He Runs, She Runs: Why Gender Stereotypes Do Not Harm Women Candidates
    By Deborah Jordan Brooks
    More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures
    By Susan J. Carroll and Kira Sanbonmatsu
    Reviewed by Joanna Weiss

  • Racializing Beauty
    Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South
    By Blain Roberts
    Reviewed by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

  • Volunteering for Blackness
    Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance
    By Carla Kaplan
    Reviewed by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

  • Cartoon
    By Jennifer Crute

  • The Golden Age
    Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics
    By Mike Madrid
    Reviewed by Joan Hilty

  • Good Reads
    Inevitable Conclusions
    By Trish Crapo

  • From in-Law to Outlaw
    Later Poems: Selected and New, 1971-2012
    By Adrienne Rich
    Reviewed by Florence Howe

  • Poetry
    By Maria Terrone

  • I Am His Other
    Know the Night: a Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours
    By Maria Mutch
    Reviewed by Kelly Davio

  • Subterfuges, Survivals, and Liberation
    The Infamous Rasalie (Rosalie l'Infame)
    By Evelyne Trouillot, Translated by M.A. Salvadon
    Reviewed by Danielle Legros Georges

  • Fixated on Men, but Saved by Women
    Clever Girl
    By Tessa Hadley
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • The Poet and Her Mother
    Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore
    By Linda Leavell
    Reviewed by Robin G. Schulze

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