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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May/June 2016

  • Gifts from the Goddess of Jurisprudence
    Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World By Linda Hirshman
    Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Reviewed by Ruthann Robson


  • Radical Mamas
    Mamas of Dada: Women of the European Avant-GardeBy Paula K. Kamenish
    Reviewed by Irene Gammel

  • Achievement. Invulnerability. Comportment
    Negroland By Margo Jefferson; Oreo By Fran Ross
    Reviewed by Marilyn Richardson

  • The Interminable Abortion Wars
    Abortion After Roe By Johanna Schoen;
    After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion DebateBy Mary Ziegler
    Reviewed by Rickie Solinger

  • Attention Must Be Paid
    On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy
    By Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black; System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation
    By Lauren J. Silver
    Reviewed by Ruth Sidel

  • Mental Illness Then And Now
    White Matter: A Memoir of Family and Medicine
    By Janet Sternburg; The Last Asylum: A History of Madness in Our Times
    By Barbara Taylor
    Reviewed by Katherine Hayes

  • Photography Photos Like Jazz: Twenty-First Century Street Photography
    By Ellen Feldman

  • Possessed By Demons
    The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A Medieval Woman Between Demons and Saints
    By Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
    Reviewed by Christina Stern

  • Claiming An Identity
    The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
    By Lillian Faderman
    Reviewed by Audrey Bilger

  • Poetry
    By Dina Coe

  • Field Notes Across The Generations
    By Robin Becker

  • Searching For Home
    Fanny Says By Nickole Brown; My Crooked House By Teresa Carson; The Republics
    By Nathalie Handal
    Reviewed by Carol Bere

  • Delayed, But Not Forgotten
    In Certain Circles
    By Elizabeth Harrower
    Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

  • Complacency Or Peril
    The Complete Stories
    By Clarice Lispector, translated by Katrina Dobson, edited by Benjamin Moser
    Reviewed by Marguerite Itamar Harrison

  • Plan A And Plan B
    Love’s Promises: How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families
    By Martha Ertman
    Reviewed by Dana Rudolph

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