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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September/October 2015


  • Thirty Ounces of Death in a Feathered Jacket
    H Is for Hawk
    By Helen Macdonald
    Reviewed by Mary Zeiss Stange

  • No Empire Without Collaborators
    Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies From Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves By Peipei Qiu with Su Zhiliang and Chen Lifei
    Reviewed by Lihua Wang

  • Putin Performs Masculinity
    Sex, Politics, & Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia By Valerie Sperling
    Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

  • Protected and Policed
    Regulating Desire: From the Virtuous Maiden to the Purity Princess By J. Shoshanna Ehrlich
    Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI By Jessica R. Pliley
    Reviewed by Anne Gray Fischer

  • Uncaring Health Care
    Reproductive Justice: The Politics of Health Care for Native American Women By Barbara Gurr
    Reviewed by Andrea Smith

  • Not A Feminist But
    Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent By Susan C. Seymour
    Reviewed by Lois Banner

  • Poetry
    By Amy Dyansky

  • Photography
    Behind Stereotype
    Photography by Anne Rearick and Commentary by Ellen Feldman

  • Field Notes
    Recollecting in Tranquility By Robin Becker

  • A Nation Founded On Genocide
    An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    Reviewed by Brook Colley

  • Serious Daring
    Dollhouse By Elaine Terranova
    Blue Hanuman By Joan Larkin
    Otherwise UnseeableBy Betsy Sholl
    Reviewed by Charlotte Holmes

  • A Boy On the Run
    Little Bastards in Springtime By Katja Rudolph
    Reviewed by Kelly Cherry

  • NGOs: Soft Power Turning the Gears
    Theorizing NGOs: States, Feminisms, and Neoliberalism Edited by Victoria Bernal and Inderpal Grewal
    Reviewed by Miranda Joseph

  • Finding Her Life Path
    Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro By Sarah H. Jacoby
    Reviewed by Serinity Young

  • Colonialist Dreams of Lesbianism
    The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830 By Susan S. Lanser
    Reviewed by Lisa L. Moore

  • Pleasure and Performance
    A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography By Mireille Miller-Young
    The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography By Jennifer C. Nash
    Reviewed by Svati P. Shah

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