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 2015


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  • Trapped in the Self
    Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks
    By Jordynn Jack
    Reviewed by Ellen Herman

  • Cross with the Church
    Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church
    By Patricia Miller
    Reviewed by Mary E. Hunt

  • The Culture of Unexpectation
    Girls Coming to Tech!: A History of American Engineering Education for Women
    By Amy Sue Bix
    Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980
    By Laura Micheletti Puaca
    Reviewed by Nina E. Lerman

  • Hard Work and Overalls
    Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America By Miriam Frank; Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers
    By Anne Balay
    Reviewed by Bettina Aptheker

  • Sexual Revolutionaries
    The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
    By Jonathan Eig
    Reviewed by Wendy Kline

  • Rebellion and Survival
    Holocaust Mothers and Daughters: Family, History, and Trauma
    By Federica K. Clementi
    Reviewed by Evelyn Torton Beck

  • Poetry
    By Marion Brown

  • Good Reads
    A Stranger Comes to Town
    By Trish Crapo

  • Carrying Across
    Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz: Selected Works
    Translated by Edith Grossman
    Reviewed by Amanda Powell

  • Cartoon
    By Kelly Froh

  • Families in Motion, Fueled by Faith
    More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments
    By Megan Hustad
    The Last Days of California
    By Mary Miller

  • Parallel Lives
    The Four Words For Home
    By Angie Chuang
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • I Want My Face to be Very Mad
    Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture
    By Sarah Projansky
    Reviewed by Elline Lipkin

  • A Tragic Mess
    The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, The Power Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities
    By William D. Cohan
    Reviewed by Laura Pappano

  • I Am Because We Are
    Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change
    By AnaLouise Keating
    Reviewed by Xiumei Pu

  • Sleeping on the Same Pillow
    Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early AmericaBy Rachel Hope Cleves
    Reviewed by Marla R. Miller

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