Women's Review of Books - 2021 Issues 


January/February 2021

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


Friend, Foe, Fetish Fat By Hanne Blank
Reviewed by Ariel Kim

Awake Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl  Magic By Kenya Hunt
Reviewed by Shirley Ngozi Nwangwa

Uncertainty Principle Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader By Vivian Gornick
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Ice Poetica The Freezer Door By Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

Bionic Woman Bright and Dangerous Objects By Anneliese Mackintosh
Reviewed by Elisa Faison

Mother Of Exiles Ellis Island: A People’s History By Małgorzata Szejnert, translated from the Polish by Sean Gasper Bye
Reviewed by Beth Holmgren

Poetry By Erin Belieu
Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Photography Strange Fruit: Photographs By Nicole Buchanan 
Commentary By Ellen Feldman

North's West Outlawed By Anna North
Reviewed by Anna Godbersen

Poetry By Victoria M. Washington, Rebecca Morgan Frank, and Merridawn Duckler
Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Lucid Dreaming The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void By Jackie Wang
Reviewed by Maria Bobbitt-Chertock

System Ick Launching While Female: Smashing the System that Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back By Susanne Althoff
Reviewed by Brooke Warner

Honor the Birth Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century By Brianna Theobald
Reviewed by Andrea Ringer

At Home in the Entire World Rosa Luxemburg By Dana Mills
Reviewed by Charis Caputo

Black Noise Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds By Jayna Brown
Reviewed by K. Avvirin Gray

Television Lovecraft Country Adapted by Marsha Green from a novel by Matt Ruff
Reviewed by Kovie Biakolo


March/April 2021

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


Editor's Letter 

The Outsiders The Mermaid and the Minotaur By Dorothy Dinnerstein
Reviewed by Vivian Gornick

Rage Becomes Her Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology By Jess Zimmerman
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

Rebel Girl Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy By Leslie Brody
Reviewed by Claire Bond Potter

Underground in Amerika The Lexington Six: Lesbian and Gay Resistance in 1970s America By Josephine Donovan
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Jazz Matriarch Soul on Soul:
The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams By Tammy L. Kernodle; Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams By Linda Dahl
Reviewed by Meisha Rosenberg

Sister Act The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine By Janice P. Nimura
Reviewed by Celeste Chamberland

Interview Warp and Weft: An Interview with Graphic Author Shira Spector By Tahneer Oksman

The Creative Weather: a poem / a chronicle By Holly Prado
Reviewed by Alison Townsend

Motherlode World’s Best Mother By Nuria Labari; Translated by Katie Whittemore
Reviewed by Anna Godbersen

Repeat Until Funny Broken (in the best possible way) By Jenny Lawson
Reviewed by Jordan Allyn

Drawn Like Teen Spirit Justine: A Novel By Forsyth Harmon
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Ghost Sickness Dog Flowers: A Memoir By Danielle Geller
Reviewed by Ana Castillo


Listen Up Breathless By Laurie Stone

Tears, Brine Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner
Reviewed by Ariel Kim


May/June 2021

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


Editor's Letter 

From the Realms of the Ugly King Kong Theory By Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne
Reviewed by Hanne Blank

Roadside Attraction frank: sonnets By Diane Seuss
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Scrappy Patch Work: A Life Amongst Clothes By Claire Wilcox
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

Fable The Hare By Melanie Finn
Reviewed by Pearl McAndrews

Movers and Shakers Out of the Shadows: Six Visionary Victorian Women in Search of a Public Voice By Emily Midorikawa
Reviewed by Hannah Joyner

Poetry By Donna Masini

Positive Force Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993 By Sarah Schulman
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Commentary Ode To Bechdel By Shira Spector

See No Monsters Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch By Rivka Galchen
Reviewed by Charis Caputo

Eyes Open The Ugly Cry By Danielle Henderson
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Salt in the Wounds Of Women and Salt By Gabriela Garcia
Reviewed by Lissette Escariz Ferrá

A Novel Thriller The Other Black Girl By Zakya Dalila Harris
Reviewed by Eisa Ulen

We Are No More The Trojan Women: A Comic By Rosanna Bruno and Anne Carson
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Big The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance in the New Gilded Age By Nicole Aschoff; Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age By Amy Klobuchar
Reviewed by Claire Bond Potter

Listen Up Orange You Glad By Laurie Stone

Pleasurably Stung Walking on Cowrie Shells By Nana Nkweti
Reviewed by Rebecca Saltzman

A Story of Her Own Self-Portrait By Celia Paul
Reviewed by Cynthia Payne


July/August 2021

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


Editor's Letter 

What Happened? Women’s Liberation! Feminist Writings that Inspired a Revolution & Still Can Edited by Alix Kates Shulman and Honor Moore
Reviewed by Charis Caputo

Bohemian Rhapsody Eleanor in the Village: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Search for Freedom and Identity in New York’s Greenwich Village By Jan Jarboe Russell
Reviewed by Sarah Schulman

Pro Choice Objects of Desire By Clare Sestanovich; Eat the Mouth That Feeds You By Carribean Fragoza
Reviewed by Anjanette Delgado

Don't Die Wondering Olivia on the Record: A Radical Experiment in Women’s Music By Ginny Z Berson
Reviewed by Shane Snowdon

Streaming Prime Suspects By Laurie Stone

Dead Meat Animal By Lisa Taddeo
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Exhibition Fellow Traveler Alice Neel: People Come First The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reviewed by Cynthia Payne

Tough Love Girlhood By Melissa Febos
Reviewed by Marian Ryan

Poetry By Caledonia Kearns, Amber Flora Thomas and Rachel Hadas

Yes, She Can Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Journey By Mazie K. Hirono
Reviewed by Hagar Scher

Listen Up Femicide: Old News By Lily Tang

Go There to Know There Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology By Frances Larson;
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century By Charles King
Reviewed by Lisa Mullenneaux

Messy Parts Breasts and Eggs By Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Postmortem On Violence and On Violence Against Women By Jacqueline Rose
Reviewed by Catharine R. Stimpson

The Mid Wayward By Dana Spiotta
Reviewed by Valerie Miner

Drawn Together Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness By Kristen Radtke
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney


September/October 2021

Noelle McManus, Women's Review of Books assistant editor, gives a preview of what's in the current issue:


Editor's Letter 

Le Mar y El Mar y La Mar Boomerang / Bumerán By Achy Obejas
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Unsettling Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion By Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
Reviewed by Andrew Needham

Ritual de lo habitual My Begging Chart By Keiler Roberts
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

Ace Freely Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex By Angela Chen
Reviewed by Ariel Kim

To Think Hannah Arendt By Samantha Rose Hill
Reviewed by Katy Fulfer

We (By Which I Mean I) Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage By Eleanor Henderson
Reviewed by Anna Godbersen

On the Move The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free By Paulina Bren; Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am By Julia Cooke
Reviewed by Hannah Joyner

Pop and Precedence The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic By Jessica Hopper
Reviewed by Jacqueline Zeisloft

Stepping Lightly We Want What We Want By Alix Ohlin
Reviewed by Rebecca Saltzman

The Artist's Why Make Your Art No Matter What: Moving Beyond Creative Hurdles By Beth Pickens
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Tough Love Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Reviewed by Eleanor J. Bader

Poetry By Kathleen Rooney, Linda Bamber, Linda Pastan, and Hilma Wolitzer Commentary by Katha Pollitt

Ireland, Europe, The World, The Universe Beautiful World, Where Are You By Sally Rooney
Reviewed by Cynthia Payne

Field Notes Transforming Parenthood By Heather Hewett

Cunning Eruptions of Inanna: Justice, Gender, and Erotic Power By Judy Grahn
Reviewed by Lisa L. Moore

Body Product I Live a Life Like Yours By Jan Grue; translated from the Norwegian by B. L. Crook
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Insider/Insider Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History By Elizabeth Ferrer
Reviewed by Marian Perales


November/December 2021

Jennifer Baumgardner and Charis Caputo, Women's Review of Books editors, give a preview of what's in the current issue:


Editor's Letter from Jennifer Baumgardner 

Editor's Letter from Charis Caputo 

She Contains Multitudes Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement By Tarana Burke
Reviewed by Ariel Kim

Streaming The End of Summer, 2021 By Laurie Stone

Record Spring and Autumn Annals By Diane di Prima
Reviewed by Jolie Braun

Against Casually Looking Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist By Patrick Nathan
Reviewed by Kevin O’Rourke

S.O.S. Householders By Kate Cayley
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Reflect Generations: A Memoir By Lucille Clifton
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

Liberty and Justice for All The 1619 Project Edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Reviewed by Kelly L. Schmidt

WRB Gift Guide Navigating the Flood

Cradle To Grave Controlling Women: What We Must Do to Save Reproductive Freedom
By Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay
Reviewed by Eleanor J. Bader

Wandering the Desert I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness By Claire Vaye Watkins
Reviewed by Rebecca Saltzman

No Perfect Place By Lauren Groff
Reviewed by Cynthia Payne

The Body Keeps the Score Quake By Auður Jónsdóttir, translated by Meg Matich
Reviewed by Katharine Coldiron

Listen Up Won’t You Be My Neighbor? By Kait Heacock

Inside Out Visibility Interrupted: Rural Queer Life and The Politics of Unbecoming By Carly Thomsen
Reviewed by Pearl McAndrews

Cluttered The Book of Form and Emptiness By Ruth Ozeki
Reviewed by Valerie Miner

Poetry By Lisa Mullenneaux, Deborah Hauser, Andrea L. Fry, Karen McPherson, Jessy Randall and Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Field Notes Winter Is Coming: Reading Bryher and H.D. In This Moment By Blanche Wiesen Cook


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