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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March/April 2016

  • Women As Symbol and Reality
    Kabul Carnival: Gender Politics in Postwar Afghanistan By Julie Billaud
    Reviewed by Jennifer G. Mathers

  • One in Two, Two in One
    The Story of the Lost Child By Elena Ferrante
    Reviewed by Lisa Mullenneaux

  • "Moses Married a Colored Woman"
    The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts By Amber D. Moulton
    Reviewed by Sandra F. VanBurkleo

  • Both Victims and Perpetrators
    Addicted. Pregnant. Poor. By Kelly Ray Knight
    Reviewed by Andrea Grimes

  • Cartoon
    In Reference To
    By Whit Taylor

  • Good Reads
    Unconventional Characters
    By Trish Crapo

  • Poetry
    By Jayne Benjullan
    Reviewed by Jennifer G. Mathers

  • To the Reader in Chief
    Some of our favorite feminists recommend books for the next US president’s reading list
    By Alicia Ostriker, AnaLouise Keating, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Callie Crossley, Courtney E. Martin, Ellen Feldman, Jennifer Camper, Kate Clinton, Katie Grover, Layli Maparyan, Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, Marjorie Agosin, Martha Nichols, Moya Bailey, Robin Becker, and Rochelle Ruthchild
    Illustrations by Jennifer Camper

  • Stepford Wives and Sexbots
    My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves By Julie Wosk
    Reviewed by Madeleine Monson-Rosen

  • Singing for the Revolution
    A Radical Life in Song: A Memoir By Ronnie Gilbert
    Reviewed by Alix Dobkin

  • New Chinese Poetry
    Something Crosses My Mind By Wang Xiaoni, translated by Eleanor Goodman
    Salsa By Hsia Yü, translated by Steve Bradbury
    Reviewed by Marthine Satris

  • The Politics of Forgetting - And Remembering
    Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women Edited by Mia Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage
    Reviewed by Kellie Carter Jackson

  • The History of Violence
    The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America By Sarah Deer
    Reviewed by Jody Raphael

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