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/December 2014


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  • The Fire Will Not Consume Us
    Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger
    By Kelly Cogswell
    Reviewed by Carmen Maria Machado

  • Global Family Making

    Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America
    By Catherine Ceniza Choy
    Reviewed by Miliann Kang

  • The Glass Cliff
    The New Soft War on Women
    By Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett
    What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know<br " />By Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey
    Reviewed by Helaine Olen

  • Specifically Universal
    Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
    By Roz Chast
    Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

  • Citizenship and Sexual Coercion
    Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
    By Estelle B. Freedman
    Reviewed by Danielle L. McGuire

  • Virgin Mary, Become a Feminist!
    Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
    By Masha Gessen
    Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

  • Women's Complicity
    Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
    By Wendy Lower
    Reviewed by Elizabeth Heineman

  • Cartoon
    By Amy Martin

  • Good Reads
    Moments of Crisis
    By Trish Crapo

  • Who Am I?
    Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag
    By A.K. Summers
    Reviewed by Samantha Meler

  • Middlemarch and Me
    My Life in Middlemarch
    By Rebecca Mead
    Reviewed by Martha Gies

  • Poetry
    By Catherine Freeling

  • Art and Activism
    How It Feels to Be Free:
    Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement
    By Ruth Feldstein
    Reviewed by Salamishah Tillet

  • Ambitious Assemblages
    Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe
    By Matthew Pratt Guterl
    Reviewed by Florence Ladd

  • The Value of History
    Citizenship and the Origins of Women’s History in the United States
    By Teresa Anne Murphy
    Reviewed by Eileen Ka-May Cheng

  • Beyond Rescue
    Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States
    By Denise Brennan
    Reviewed by Melissa Hope Ditmore

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