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 2014


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  • How the Battle of Memory Was Won
    The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898
    By Lisa Tetrault
    Reviewed by Bonnie J. Dow

  • Waitressing in the Sky

    The Jet Sex: Airline Stewardesses and the Making of an American Icon
    By Victoria Vantoch
    Reviewed by Priscilla Murolo

  • Becoming Raced and Classed
    Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing the Borders of Region
    By Wanda A. Hendricks
    Reviewed by Corinne T. Field

  • Not Known Persons
    Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture
    By Gaiutra Bahadur
    Reviewed by Indira Karamcheti

  • The Noble Terrorist
    The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution
    By Lynne Ann Hartnett
    Reviewed by Lisa A. Kirschenbaum

  • The Daughters' Stories
    My Mother's Funeral
    By Adriana Paramo
    My Mother's Wars
    By Lillian Faderman
    Nothing Holds Back the Night
    By Delphine de Vigan
    You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)
    By Eleni Sikelianos
    Reviewed by Carol Sternhell

  • Photography
    Mary Ellen Mark's Long-Term Relationships
    Photography by Mary Ellen Mark and Commentary by Ellen Feldman

  • Communities of Artistic Women
    In Her Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States
    By Jennifer Kelly
    Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present
    By Cecelia Hopkins Porter
    Reviewed by Kate Doyle

  • Field Notes
    Hurtling Ahead
    By Robin Becker

  • Post-Soviet Poetry
    Paul Klee's Boat
    By Anzhelina Polonskaya
    Relocations: 3 Contemporary Russian Women Poets
    Edited by Catherine Ciepiela
    Reviewed by Kelly Cherry

  • Poetry
    By Suzanne Gardinier

  • "What do we see? What do we not see?"
    So How's the Family? and Other Essays
    By Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Reviewed by E.J. Graff

  • Doing the Dirty Work
    Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age
    Edited by Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Anna Romina Guevara, Maura Toro-Morn, and Grace Chang
    Reviewed by Gwendolyn Beetham

  • Black and Native Women: Not Quite Sisters
    Trail Sisters: Freedwomen in Indian Territory, 1850-1890
    By Linda Williams Reese
    Reviewed by Patricia Penn Hilden

  • The Dynamic Dyad
    Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome
    By Sarah S. Richardson
    Reviewed by Monica J. Casper

  • The Banshee's Wail
    The Banshees: A Literary History of Irish American Women Writers
    By Sally Barr Ebest
    Reviewed by Mary O'Donoghue

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