Women's Review of Books - 2018 Issues

January/February 2018

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes  By Amy Hoffman

Stormy Katherine Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora By Joanna Dee Das
Reviewed by Debra Cash

Cartoon Strip By Eloisa Aquino

Gender, Race, and Credibility in the age of Trump Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives By Leigh Gilmore:
Reviewed by Joy Castro

Property or Spouse? Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century By Tera W. Hunter
Reviewed by Katherine Franke

It’s the Economy Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign By Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes; The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
Reviewed by Ruth Rosen

Marching Toward Identity Lost in the USA: American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March By Deborah Gray White
Reviewed by Leslie Cagan

You are a God Exist Otherwise: The Life and Works of Claude Cahun By Jennifer L. Shaw
Reviewed by Irene Gammel

Trading Protection for Equality A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s-1990s By Nancy Woloch Reviewed
by Katherine Turk

More Moore! New Collected Poems By Marianne Moore, edited by Heather Cass White
Reviewed by Elizabeth Gregory

Poetry By Marilyn Hacker

Glitter, False Eyelashes, and Attitude The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver Edited by Jen Hervie and Lois Weaver
Reviewed by Joan Lipkin

The Journey into the Unknown The Dark Flood Rises By Margaret Drabble
Reviewed By Valerie Miner

Recognition The Mother of All Questions By Rebecca Solnit
Reviewed by Shuchi Saraswat

A Fortress and a Prison Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body By Roxane Gay
Reviewed by Courtney Patterson-Faye

March/April 2018

Revolution Now When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir By Patrisse Khan-Cullors Reviewed by Susana Morris

The Origins of Feminism Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women By Brittney C. Cooper Reviewed by A. J. Verdelle

The Gay Nineties We Were Witches: A Novel By Ariel Gore; Stray City: A Novel By Chelsey Johnson Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

Embodied Politics How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics: From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump By Laura Briggs; Reproductive Justice: An Introduction By Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger Reviewed by Felicia Kornbluh, Lila Hughes, and Meghan Letizia

Krausian After Kathy Acker By Chris Kraus Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Spotty The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness By Jill Filipovic Reviewed by Emily Toth

Frontier Lore and Laura Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder By Caroline Fraser Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

Epistolary Autobiography The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir By Emma Reyes Reviewed by Marjorie Agosin

Sweet Charity Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy and the Women’s Movement, 1870 – 1967 By Joan Marie Johnson Reviewed by Surina Khan

Progress and Persistence The Ministry of Utmost Happiness By Arundhati Roy Reviewed by Marthine Satris

Photography Bonds Photos By Isadora Kosofsky, Text by Lisa Riordan Seville

Unhealthy Relationships Women of the Street: How the Criminal Justice-Social Services Alliance Fails Women in Prostitution By Susan Dewey and Tonia St. Germain Reviewed by Marianne Wesson

Poetry By Paula Bohince

Hermitesses The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, and the Legacies of Criticism By Fiona Brideoake Reviewed by Lisa L. Moore

Fear, Hunger, and Fear Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel By Francine Klagsbrun Reviewed by Eleanor Roffman

Victims and Heroes Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females, Tapestries and Sculptures by Linda Stein Edited by Linda Stein Reviewed by Catherine Dossin

All Museums are Sex Museums Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display By Jennifer Tyburczy Reviewed by Patricia G. Berman

The Infidel The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer By Bonnie S. Anderson Reviewed by Joyce Antler

We Do Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America By Nathaniel Frank Reviewed by Alison Lefkovitz

Displaced Lives The Women in the Castle By Jessica Shattuck Reviewed by Valerie Miner

The Tenure Tightrope Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure Edited by Patricia A. Matthew Reviewed by Marybeth Gasman

Good Reads Dreams from my Father By Trish Crapo


May/June 2018

Shelf Aware The Female Persuasion By Meg Wolitzer
Reviewed by Kate Schatz

Bleak House The Mars Room By Rachel Kushner
Reviewed by Sarah Schulman

The Fire This Time No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America By Darnell L. Moore
Reviewed by Mariam Williams

Sober Thoughts The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath By Leslie Jamison
Reviewed by Ariel Gore

Between a Rock and a Hard (to) Place Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State By Catherine E. Rymph
Reviewed by Stacey Patton

Careless Who Will Care for Us?: Long-Term Care and the Long-Term Workforce By Paul Osterman
Reviewed by Karen Kahn

The Most Talked About Voice in America Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan By Elaine M. Hayes
Reviewed by Imani D. Owens

Unframed Charlotte Salomon and the Theatre of Memory By Griselda Pollock
Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

Matriotic The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I By Lynn Dumenil
Reviewed by Tammy M. Proctor

Central caste-ing Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India By Sujatha Gidla
Reviewed by Indira Karamcheti

Profile: True North Stormwarning By Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir
Profiled by Katharine Coldiron

Complaints and Disorders Sick: A Memoir By Porochista Khakpour
Reviewed by Julia Berner-Tobin

Mother Tongue The Perfect Mother By Aimee Molloy; The Perfect Nanny By Leila Slimani, translated by Sam Taylor
Reviewed by Jessica Baumgardner

Poetry: Mother’s Day By Melissa K. Downes, Susan Eisenberg, Lisa Mullenneaux, Paige Sullivan, Irene Willis, and Carolyne Wright

Vivid Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over By Nell Painter
Reviewed by A.J. Verdelle

July/August 2018

Shelf Life Convenience Store Woman By Sayaka Murata
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Sleeping Beauty My Year of Rest and Relaxation By Ottessa Moshfegh
Reviewed by Kimberly Cutter

Hush Hour Vox By Christina Dalcher
Reviewed by Hagar Scher

The Mother Position Idiophone By Amy Fusselman; The Carrying By Ada Limón
Reviewed by Jan Clausen

Driver’s Ed Mirror, Shoulder, Signal By Dorthe Nors
Reviewed by Katharine Coldiron

Trouble The Terrible By Yrsa Daley-Ward
Reviewed by Erika Gallion

Airless In Argentina People in the Room By Norah Lange
Reviewed by Katharine Coldiron

Litany Of Madness Freshwater By Akwaeke Emezi
Reviewed by Heather Hewett

Photography Face To Face Images by Olivia Gay;
Comment by Ellen Feldman

Charged The Power By Naomi Alderman
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Super-Sight Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography By Julia Van Haaften
Reviewed by Carole DeSanti

Independent Women The Occasional Virgin By Hanan al-Shaykh
Reviewed by Valerie Miner

Tough Love I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness By Austin Channing Brown
Reviewed by Erynn Porter

Mother of Doubt Motherhood By Sheila Heti
Reviewed by Lily Diamond

Graphic Depictions Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life By Ellen Forney; Graphic Reproduction: A Comics Anthology Edited by Jenell Johnson
Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

Inside Fighter Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man By Thomas Page McBee
Reviewed by Kate Schatz

Flint Lives Matter The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy By Anna Clark
Reviewed by Bridgett M. Davis

Listen Up Five Attempts
By Elena Ruiz

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

September/October 2018

Jennifer Baumgardner, Women's Review of Books editor in chief, gives a preview of what's in the current issue:


Isn’t it Rich? Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry By Adrienne Rich; edited and with an introduction by Sandra Gilbert
Reviewed by E.J. Graff

Where is my Mind? Severance By Ling Ma
Reviewed by Jessica Baumgardner

The Bodies God Created Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture By Tamura Lomax
Reviewed by Mariam Williams

Future Tense Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices By Girls Write Now
Reviewed by Ana Castillo

Profile Slitting Open the Sack Profiled by Laurie Stone

Red Herrings and White Liberals Maggie Terry By Sarah Schulman
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Off the Hook Consent on Campus: A Manifesto By Donna Freitas
Reviewed by Jordan Allyn

Writers of Conscience Women of Resistance: Poetry from 50 Activists Edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan
Reviewed by Ana Castillo

Afterlives Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation Adapted by Ari Folman, Illustrations by David Polonsky; A Bubble By Geneviève Castrée
Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

Not a Muse Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchel, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art By Mary Gabriel
Reviewed by Margaret Randall

Shame Theory Pure By Linda Kay Klein
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

FeatureI Couldn’t Do What I Do Without This Book

The Year of the Woman, Again International Women’s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History By Jocelyn Olcott
Reviewed by Ellen Chesler

Identity and Action Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements By Charlene A. Carruthers
Reviewed by Susana Morris

Poison Books Silent Spring & Other Writings on the Environment Rachel Carson, edited by Sandra Steingraber; Living Downstream By Sandra Steingraber
Reviewed by Judith Chelius Stark

Listen Up The Linguistics of Texting An essay by Noelle McManus

November/December 2018

Jennifer Baumgardner, Women's Review of Books editor in chief, gives a preview of what's in the current issue:



Lemons Out of Lemonade Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism By Omise’eke Tinsley
Reviewed by Chelsea Johnson

The Right to Feel Love War Stories By Ivelisse Rodriguez;
Training School for Negro Girls By Camille Acker
Reviewed by Rochelle Spencer

Manifesto for Taking Risks The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography By Deborah Levy
Reviewed by Carole DeSanti

Poetry Getting to Choose By Irene Willis

Chaos in California The Golden State By Lydia Kiesling Reviewed by Katharine Coldiron

Sprayed Fame: The Highjacking of Reality By Justine Bateman
Reviewed by Julie Baumgardner

House Rules The Incest Diary By Anonymous
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Phantom Limbs Shadow Daughter: A Memoir of Estrangement By Harriet Brown
Review by Patricia Dawn Robertson

More Poetry Born Happy By Carolyne Wright

Profile Siglio Press By Casey j. Odesser

Building the Feminist Shelf Feminist Bookstores: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability By Kristen Hogan; A Life in Motion By Florence Howe; Feminist Revolution in Literacy: Women's Bookstores in the United States By Junko R. Onosaka
Reviewed by Jolie Braun

Universe of Possibilities Come With Me By Helen Schulman
Reviewed by Jessica Baumgardner

Maze Rat Hazards of Time Travel By Joyce Carol Oates
Reviewed by Abigail G. H. Manzella

Anger Management Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger By Soraya Chemaly
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Q&A The Flame-Thrower: Phyllis Chesler Interviewed By Casey j. Odesser

Coming Home The Kinship of Secrets By Eugenia Kim
Reviewed by Valerie Miner

Ashes to Ashes The Lake on Fire By Rosellen Brown
Reviewed by Laura Nicoară

Wake Up Call The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic By Emma, Translated by Una Dimitrijevic; Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. The Patriarchy By Liv Strömquist
Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

Listen Up Uncle White Supremacy An essay by Anastastia Higginbotham

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