Landscapes and Interiors


A Map of Glass 

by Jane Urquhart 

The Post-Communist World


The Third Shore: Women's Fiction from East Central Europe

Edited by Agata Schwartz and Luise von Flotow 

Yeah, Baby


Murder in Byzantium: A Novel

by Julia Kristeva 

Curing Gender Amnesia


Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence

by Carol Berkin


martha Washington: An American Life

by Patricia Brady 


The Language Without a Name


Ministry of Pain 

by Dubravka Ugresic 

The Suck, Slop, and Bliss


What if Your Mother

by Judith Arcana


Daughter Of

by Kathleen Aguero 

Deconstructing the Chicken


Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power

by Psyche A. Williams-Forson 

Möbius Stripping


Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers

by Bernadette Barton 

Good Reads


What It Is to Be Human

By Trish Crapo 



Marian Roth: The Photography of Chance 

If It Weren't for Her Hair


Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away

by June Cross 

Mysteries! The Solid Earth!


Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life

by Arlene Blum


On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

by Gretchen Legler 

Who's Minding the Kids?


Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy 

by Jody Heyman


Unsung Heroines: Single Mothers and the American Dream

by Ruth Sidel


Single Mother: THe Emergence of the Domestic Intellectual

by Jane Juffer 

The Workaday World

Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace 

By Nancy MacLean 

Mourning Isn't What it Used to Be

Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve
By Sandra Gilbert

The Father, The Daughter

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
By Alison Bechdel

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Women's Review of Books - 2006 Issues


January/February 2006

   The Peabody Sisters
   Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

   The Solitude of Self: Thinking about Elizabeth Cady Stanton
   Reviewed by Farah Jasmine Griffin

   Watercolor Women, Opaque Men: a novel in verse
   Reviewed by AnaLouise Keating 

   By Robin Becker 

   By Suzanne Ruta 

   Fledgling and The Historian
   Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

   The New Single Woman and Marriage, A History
   Reviewed by Andi Zeisler

   Eudora Welty: A Biography
   Reviewed by Trish Crapo

   An Atomic Romance
   Reviewed by Dorothy Allison

   By Alicia Ostriker & Maxine Kumin

    By Carol Seajay

    With Billie
    Reviewed by Farah Jasmine Griffin

   By Kate Clinton

March/April 2006

   Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel
   Reviewed by E. Frances White

   Reviewed by Marguerite Itamar Harrison

    The Painted Drum
    Reviewed by Trish Crapo

  • Germany's "Silenced Library"

    By Betina Brandt

   Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
   Pornified:How Pornography is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships and Our Families
   Reviewed by Leora Tanenbaum

   By Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers

    By Gish Jen

   Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood
   Reviewed by Samantha Barbas

  • The Power of Secrets

    Captain of the Sleepers
    Reviewed by Hilda Llorens

   Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women who Created Her
   Reviewed by Nan Cinnater

   On Beauty
   Reviewed by Susan Alice Fischer

   Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists
   Untidy Origins: A Story of Woman's Rights in Antebellum New York
   Reviewed by Vivian Gornick

May/June 2006

   Monologue of a Dog
   By Wislawa Szymborska
   Reviewed by Claire Keyes

  • Field Notes: Fiction

   By Trish Crapo

   Women and the U.S. Budget: Where the Money Goes and What You
   Can Do About It.
   By Jane Midgley
   Reviewed by Randy Albelda

    Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men-and What to Do About It
    By Evelyn Murphy with E.J. Graff
    Reviewed by Alice Kessler-Harris

   By Susanna Sturgis

  • Of the People, By the People

    Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty
    By Annalise Orleck
    Reviewed by Rebecca Johnson

   Out of Joint: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis
   By Mary Felstiner
   All In My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable,and Only
   Slightly Enlightening HEADACHE
   By Paula Kamen
   My Body Polotic
   By Simi Linton
   Reviewed by Debra Spark

   A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars
   By Cristina Rathbone
   All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated
   By Neil Bernstein
   Reviewed by Jean Trounstine

    The Inheritance of Loss
    By Kiran Desai
    Reviewed by Mandira Sen

   Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade
   By Donald T. Critchlow
   Reviewed by Marie Shear

   Media Critic Jennifer L. Pozner talks with Evelyn Murphy and E.J. Graff

    By Cathy Camper

  • "For Johnny, My Sick Dog"/"Tuning Our Guitars"

July/August 2006

  • A Becky Sharpe Kind of Life

    The Story of Chicago May
    By Nuala O'Faolain
    Reviewed by Lauren Byrne

  • Cartoon

    The Ghostwriter
    By Joan Hilty

   Children of the New World: A Novel of the Algerian War
   By Assia Djebar
   Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
   By Laila Lalami
   Reviewed by Nadia Boudidah Falfoul

   Poetry and Poetry
   By Michelle Boisseau

    Their Right to Speak: Women's Activism in the Indian and Slave Debates
    By Alisse Portnoy
    Reviewed by Jacqueline Bacon

    The Rebel's Daughter: Algerian Novelist Maissa Bey
    By Suzanne Ruta

  • New Dreams, New Faces

    Defending Our Dreams: Global Feminist Voicces for a New Generation
    Edited by Shamillah Wilson, Anasuya Sengupta, and Kristy Evans
    Reviewed by Michelle Humphrey  

    My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Library Texts
    By N. Katherine Hayles
    Reviewed by Mara Mills

    Holding Yawulyu: White Culture and Black Women's Law
    By Zohl de Ishtar
    Reviewed by Batya Weinbaum

    Vindication: A Life of Mare Wollstonecraft
    By Lyndall Gordon
    Reviewed by Kimberly Palmer

  • The Male Obsession

    Hung: A meditation on the Measurement of Black Men in America
    By Scott Poulson-Bryant
    Reviewed by: Deborah Bolling

    The Woman in the Sharman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine
    By Barbara Tedlock
    Reviewed by Serinity Young 

    Willful Creatures: Stories
    By Aimee Bender
    Magic for Beginners
    By Kelly Link
    Nice Big American Baby
    By Judy Budnitz
    Reviewed by Rebecca Meacham

   Women's Studies for the Future:Foundations, Interrogations, Politics
   Edited by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Agatha Beins
   Reviewed by Karin Aguilar-San Juan

September/October 2006

   Jeannette Rankin: A Political Woman
   By James J. Lopach and Jean A. Luckowski
   Reviewed by Renee Loth

   Sex Wars: A novel of the Turbulent Post Civil War Period
   By Marge Piercy
   The Night Watch
   By Sarah Waters
   Reviewed by Diana Postlethwaite

   Get A Life
   By Nadine Gordimer
   Reviewed by Florence Howe

   Saving the World
   By Julia Alvarez
   Reviewed by Marie-Elise Wheatwind

   By Clarissa Atkinson

   The Penelopiad and The Tent
   By Margaret Atwood
   Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • Hopeless Ditz or Systematic Saboteur?
  • Interview

    The Carrier of the Story: A conversation with Julia Alvarez
    By Marie-Elise Wheatwind

   The Greening Season
   By Anita Diamant

   Eight Women Philosophers:Theory, Politics, and Feminism
   By Jane Duran
   Reviewed by Erica Da Costa

  • Photography: A Lesbian in Woman's Clothes

    By Jean Segaloff
    Commentary by Rebecca Folkman

    By Marianne Boruch

   From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food
   Edited by Arlene Voski Avakian and Barbara Haber
   Reviewed by Rayna Green

   Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980
   By Kimberly Springer
   Reviewed by Tricia Rose

   A Poet's Prose: Selected Writings of Louise Bogan
   Edited by Mary Kinzie
   Reviewed by Carol Bere

   Collected Poems
   By Jane Kenyon
   Reviewed by Joyce Peseroff

  • The Most Beautiful Navel in Paris

    Lee Miller: A Life
    By Carolyn Burke
    Reviewed by Annalisa Zox-Weaver

November/December 2006


    The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide
    By Susan Nathan
    Reviewed by Sherna Berger Gluck

  • Cartoon

    My Isadora
    By Sabrina Jones

   When Sex Goes to School: Warring Views on Sex Since the Sixties
   By Kristen Luker
   Reviewed by Janice Irvine

    In Memoriam Patricia Geodicke and Jean Pedrick
    By Robin Becker 

    The Shelves of Good Intentions
    By Urvashi Vaid

    Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America 
    By Rickie Solinger
    Reviewed by Kim E. Nielson

    Bellini in Istanbul
    By Lillias Bever
    Five Terraces
    By Ann Fisher-Wirth
    Reviewed by Claire Keyes

    James Tiptree Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
    By Julie Phillips
    Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

    Mara and Dann: An Adventure
    The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot the Snow Dog
    By Doris Lessing
    Reviewed by Ann Snitow

   That Inferno: Conversations of Five Women Survivors of an Argentine Torture Came
   By Munu Actis,Cristina Aldini,Liliana Gardella, Miriam Lewin, and Elisa Tokar
   Truth, Torture, and the American Way
   By Jennifer Harbury 
  Reviewed by Pamela Crossland

   Citizen:Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy
   By Louise W. Knight
   Reviewed by Rima Lunin Schultz

   Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine and Menopause in Modern America
   By Judith A. Houck
   Reviewed by Janice Irvine

   The Purchase of Intimacy
   By Viviana A. Zelizer
   Reviewed by Pamela Crossland 

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Women's Review of Books - 2007 Issues


January/February 2007

   Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
   By Alison Bechdel
   Reviewed by Anne Elizabeth Moore

   Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve
   By Sandra Gilbert
   Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

  • The Workaday World

    Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace
    By Nancy MacLean
    Reviewed by Liza Featherstone

  • Who's Minding the Kids?

    Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children
    Working Parents in the Global Economy
    By Jody Heymann

    Unsung Heroines: Single Mothers and the American Dream
    By Ruth Sidel
    Single Mother: The Emergence of the Domestic Intellectual
    By Jane Juffer
    Reviewed by Martha Nichols 

  • Mysteries! The Solid Earth!

    Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life
    By Arlene Blum
    On The Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
    By Gretchen Legler
    Reviewed by Judith Niemi

  • If It Weren't For Her Hair

    Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her

    By June Cross
    Reviewed by Florence Ladd

  • Photography

    Marian Roth: The Photography of Chance
    By Melanie Braverman

  • Good Reads

    What It Is To Be Human    
    By Trish Crapo

  • Mobius Stripping

   Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers
   By Bernadette Barton 
   Reviewed by Leila J. Rupp

  • Deconstructing the Chicken

   Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power
   By Psyche A. Williams-Forson
   Reviewed by Francesca Gamber

  • The Suck, Slop, and Bliss

    What If Your Mother
    By Judith Arcana
    Daughter Of
    By Kathleen Aguero
    Reviewed by Enid Shomer

  • The Language Without a Name

    Ministry of Pain
    By Dubravka Ugresic
    Reviewed by Meredith Tax

  • Curing Gender Amnesia

    Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's
    By Carol Berkin
    Martha Washington: An American Life
    By Patricia Brady
    Reviewed by Martha Saxton

  • Yeah Baby

    Murder in Byzantium: A Novel
    By Julia Kristeva
    Reviewed by Molly Hite

  • The Post-Communist World

    The Third Shore: Women's Fiction From East Central Europe
    Edited by Agata Schwartz and Luise Von Flotow
    Reviewed by Daniela Hurezanu

  • Landscapes and Interiors

    A Map of Glass
    By Donna Morrissey
    Reviewed by Anne Marie Todkill

    Jean Baker Miller, 1927-2006
    Growth Is The Great Gift
    By Abigail J. Stewart

  • On My Bookshelf

    The Food Wars
    By Jan Zita Grover


March/April 2007

   Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy
   By Samantha King
   Reviewed By Ellen Leopold

   The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women 
   in the Feminist Movement 
   By Winifred Breines
   Reviewed by Ellen Willis

   By Jaclyn Friedman

   Friendly Fire
   By Giuliana Sgrena
   Translated by Lesley Freeman Riva
   "The Jill Carroll Story"
    By Jill Carroll
    With contextual Narrative by Peter Grier
    Reviewed by Kerryn Higgs

   Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause
   By The Boston Women's Health Book Collective
   I Feel Bad About My Neck, and Other Thoughts about Being a Woman
   By Nora Ephron
   Reviewed By Emily Toth


May/June 2007

   Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement
   By Tanya Erzen
   Reviewed by Esther Kaplan

   By Susan F. Feiner and Drucilla K. Barker

   The Heart to Artemis: A Writer's Memoir
   By Bryher
   The Player's Boy
   By Bryher
   Women Together/Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris
   By Tirza True Latimer
   Reviewed By Martha Vicinus


July/August 2007

    Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
    By Jennifer Block
    Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put 
    Women and Children First
    By Marsden Wagner
    Birth: The Suprising History of How We Are Born
    By Tina Cassidy
    Reviewed by Sarah Blustain

   Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood
   By Karen Ward Mahar
   Reviewed by Samantha Barbas

   Emerging From Silence
   By Carol Hurd Green

  • The Feminist Minima

    Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism
    By Janet Halley
    Reviewed by Lisa Jervis

  • The Cartography of Age

    Age Matters:Realigning Feminist Thinking
    Edited by Toni. M Calasanti and Kathleen F. Slevin
    Lesbian Communities: Festivals, RVs, and the Internet
    Edited by Esther Rothblum and Penny Sablove
    Whistling Women: A Study of the Lives of Older Lesbians
    By Cheryl Claassen
    Reviewed by Leni Marshall

  • Sibling Rivalry

    By Louise W. Knight 

  • Total Optimism Regained

    Decca:The Letters of Jessica Mitford
    Edited by Peter Y. Sussman
    Reviewed by Clarissa Atkinson

  • And Then She Wrote Comic

    By Leanne Franson

  • The Poem as Postcard

    By Robin Becker

  • Rending the Garmet and Smoking Raleighs

    By Willa Schneberg

  • Fresh Clean--and Hidden

    Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstruation
    By Elizabeth Arveda Kissling
    Reviewed by Phoebe Connelly 

  • "Neither Whores nor Submissive"

     Muslim Girls and the Other France: Race Identity Politics, and Social
    By Trica Danielle Keaton
    Breaking the Silence: French Women's Voices from the Ghetto
    By Fadela Amara with Sylvia Zappi
    Reviewed by Eunice Lipton

  • The Most Powerful Woman in Business

    Tough Choices
    By Carly Fiorina
    Reviewed by Sumre Erkut

  • Taking the Risk

    The View From Castle Rock:Stories
    By Alice Munro
    The Light of Evening
    By Edna O'Brien
    Reviewed by Rebecca Meacham

  • Dancing with the Patriarchs

    History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism
    By Judith M. Bennett
    Reviewed by Rebecca Meacham 

  • Changing Sex, Changing Mind

    Trasparent: Love,Family,and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers
    By Cris Beam
    What Becomes You
    By Aaron Raz Link and Hilda Raz
    The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from     Female to Male
    By Max Wolf Valerio 

  • On My Bookshelf

    Literary Wanderings
    By Pauline M. Loewenhardt


September/October 2007

   Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption
   Edited by Jane Jeong Trenka, Julie Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin
   Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects on Raising Internationally    Adopted Children
   By Cheri Register
   Reviewed by Martha Nichols

  • Reinterpreting the Ancients

    Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece
    By Joan Breton Connelly
    Reviewed by Joy Connolly

  • The Bush Countdown

    George W. Bush and the War on Women: Turning Back the Clock on     Progress
    By Barbara Finlay
    Reviewed by Renee Loth

  • Equity and Difference

    The Constitutionas Social Design:Gender and Civic Membership in the American Constitutional Order
    Reviewed by Sandra F. VanBurkleo

   The Grandmothers of the Plaza De Mayo
   By Rita Arditti

  • Settling for a Fever

   Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq and Baghdad Burning II: More Girl
   Blog From Iraq
   By Riverbend
   Reviewed by Pamela Annas

  • Heir to the Throne

   Intimate Politics: How I grew up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became
   a Feminist Rebel
   By Bettina F. Aptheker
   Reviewed by Margaret Randall

  • Selective Vision

    Leni Riefenstahl: A Life
    By Jurgen Trimborn, Translated by Edna McCann
    Reviewed by Barbara Kosta

    The Recent Work of Carrie Mae Weems
    By Cheryl Kaplan

  • The Isle of Echo Park and My Mothers

    By Eloise Klein Healy

  • Downwinders

    By Trish Crapo

    Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women
    Edited by Saleemah Adbul-Ghafur
    Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today
    By Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen M. Moore
    Vocies of Resistance: Muslim Women on War,Faith, and Sexuality
    Edited by Sarah Husain
    Reviewed by Gayatri Devi

  • "Harder Days Are Coming"

     Darkness Spoken: The Collected Poems
     By Ingeborg Bachmann, translated and introduced by Peter Filkins
     Reviewed by Sara Lennox

  • The Other Woman

    Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill,Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes's     Doomed Love
    By Yehuda Koren and Eliat Negev
    Reviewed by Carol Bere

  • The Fires at Home

    While They're at War:The True Story of American Families on the     Homefront
    By Kristin Henderson
    Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives
    By Tanya Biank
    Reviewed by Sandi E. Cooper


 November/December 2007

  • WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution

    Organized by Cornelia Butler
    Edited by Lisa Gabrielle Mark
    Reviewed by Elissa Auther

  • Rudimentary
    The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
    Reviewed by Kate Clinton

  • Veiled Bestsellers

    Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit by Gillian Whitlock
    Let Me Tell You Where I Have Been: New Writing By Women of the Iranian Diaspora
    Edited by Persis Karim
    Reviewed by Jasmin Darznik

  • Not Saying, But Doing

    Chance and Circumstance: Twenty Years with Cage and Cunningham by Carolyn Brown
    Reviewed by Debra Cash

  • The Politics of the Table

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
    With Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
    Reviewed by Jan Zita Grover

  • Love and Marriage

    Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England by Sharon Marcus
    Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

  • Reluctant Revolutionaries

    Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family by Rosanna Hertz
    Naked on the Page: The Misadventures of my Unmarried Midlife by Jane Ganahl
    Single Mom Seeking: Playdates, Blind Dates, and Other Dispatches from the Dating World by Rachel Sarah
    Reviewed by E. Kay Trimberger

  • Memoirs in Words and Pictures

    Essay by Karen Karin Rosenberg

  • That Ring, That Veil, and the Burning of the Books

    Poetry by Irene Willis

  • The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho

    Fieldnotes by Robin Becker

  • Cartoon

    By Jamaica Dyer

  • Monstrous Beings In Need of a Hairwash

    The Blue of Her Body by Sarah Greenslit
    Incubation: A Space for Monsters by Bhanu Kapil
    The Revisionist by Miranda Melis
    Reviewed by Mary Cappello

  • Found In Translation
    Four From Japan: Contemporary Poetry and Essays by Women
    Introduction and Translations by Sawako Nakayasu
    Inside and Other Short Fiction: Japanese Women by Japanese Women
    Compiled by Cathy Layne Reviewed by Daniela Hurezanu


  • Art and Resistance

    Michelangelo in Ravensbruck: One Women's War Against the Nazis by Countess Karolina Lanckororiska
    Reviewed By Rochelle G. Saidel

  • No Media, No Progress

    Women and Media: A Critical Introduction by Carolyn M. Byerly and Karen Ross
    Reviewed By Ariel Dougherty

  • The Truths Within

    Secrets of Women: Gender, Generations, and the Origin of Human Dissection by Katharine Park
    Reviewed By Tara Nummedal

  • Disoriginated

    Recyclopedia Trimmings, S*PeRMK*T, and Muse & Drudge by Harryette Mullen
    Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews
    Edited by Elisabeth A. Frost and Cynthia Hogue
    The Incognito Body: Poems by Cynthia Hogue
    Reviewed By Rebecca Meacham

  • Interview: Feeling Like a 2,000-Year-Old Lesbian

    Amy Hoffman

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