Women's Review of Books - 2008 Issues


January/February 2008

  • The Howling Continues
    Shakespeare’s Kitchen, by Lore Segal
    Tell Me Another Morning, by Zdena Berger
    Reviewed by Alice Mattison
  • Good Reads: What Love Should Be/What it Is
    Landing, by Emma Donoghue
    Harpsong, by Rilla Askew
    Away, by Amy Bloom
    Reviewed by Trish Crapo
  • Then and Now: What Have the Sexual “Revolutions” Wrought?
    By Margaret Morganroth Gullette
  • Interview: Jane Rule
    Eloise Klein Healy
  • Photojournalist of Record: Marilyn Humphries
    By Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn
  • Poetry
    "Nature, Unspeaking"
    By Suzanne Berger
  • Like an “Animal in a Cage”
    Women in Prison: Inside the Concrete Womb, by Kathryn Watterson
    From Witches to Crack Moms: Women, Drug Law, and Policy, by Susan Boyd
    Neither Angels nor Demons: Women, Crime, and Victimization, by Kathleen Ferraro
    Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration, by Jody Raphael
    Reviewed by Silja J.A. Talvi
  • Stepping Out and Moving Forward
    Barefootin’: Life Lessons on the Road to Freedom, by Unita Blackwell (with JoAnne Prichard Morris)
    When We Were Colored: A Mother’s Story, by Eva Rutland
    Invisible Activists: Women of the Louisiana NAACP, 1915-1945, by Lee Sartain
    Reviewed by Margo Culley
  • The Wild Plain and the Limitless World
    Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, by Georgina Howell
    Reviewed by Barbara Sjoholm
  • A Golden Age
    By Tahmima Anam
    Reviewed by Mandira Sen
  • Creating Herself
    Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image, by Bennetta Jules-Rosette
    Reviewed by Florence Ladd
  • The Last of Everything
    The Last Empress, by Anchee Min
    The Last Chinese Chef, by Nicole Mones
    The Last Communist Virgin, by Wang Ping
    Reviewed by Lori Tsang
  • Chasing Ani
    Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics, by Jennifer Baumgardner
    Reviewed by Sarah L. Rasmusson
  • Searching for an Apology
    Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, by Saidiya Hartman
    Reviewed by Thulani Davis
  • The Stay-at-Home Pushmepullyou
    Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home, by Pamela Stone
    Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success, by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    Reviewed by Lori Rotskoff

 March/April 2008

  • Gender, Caring, and Money
    The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics
    Reviewed by Susan F. Feiner and Drucilla K. Barker
  • Origins of Sex
    The Cleft
    By Doris Lessing
    Reviewed by Roberta Rubenstein
  • Bicultural Before There Was A Word For It
    The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Nohnston Schoolcraft
    Edited by Robert Dale Parker
    Reviewed by Margaret Noori
  • Essay
    Book Reviewing: Do It Yourself
    By Gail Pool
  • Poems Including History--And More
    A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth
    By Penelope Scambly Schott
    The Resurrection of Trade By Leslie Adrienne Miller
    The Logan Topographies By Alena Hairston
    Blue Front By Martha Collins
    Reviewed by Wendy Vardaman
  • No More Tea Pouring
    Kickboxing Geishas: How Modern Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation
    By Veronica Chambers
    Reviewed by Kimberly Palmer
  • Field Notes
    The Roll of Small Presses
    By Robin Becker
  • Poetry
    By Hilda Raz
  • Cartoon
    By Diane DiMassa
  • Essay
    Ms. Captivity
    By Jean Trounstine
  • The Search for Healing
    Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resistance
    By Alice Rothchild
    Reviewed by Sherry Gorelick
  • An Account of Things of the Yucatan
    Peregrina: Love and Death in Mexico
    Edited and with an introduction by Michael K. Schuessler
    Foreward by Elena Poniatowska
    Reviewed by Martha Gies
  • The Power of Words
    Liberating Shahrazad: Feminism, Postcolonialism, and Islam
    By Suzanne Gauch
    Reviewed by Nadia Boudidah Faloul
  • Emotion Overflowing
    The Wind from the East
    By Almudena Grandes
    Translated from the Spanish by Sonia Soto
    Reviewed by Inmaculada Pertusa
  • The New "Yiddishe Mama"
    You Never Call You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother
    By Joyce Antler
    Reviewed by Debra Spark
  • Remembering Our Health, Forgetting Our Pain
    Just Breath Normally
    By Peggy Schumaker
    I Heard the Vultures Singing: Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature
    By Lucia Perillo Reviewed by Nina Murray

 May/June 2008

  • Female Spoons and Male Forks
    American Food Writing: An Anthology with Classic Recipes
    Edited by Molly O'Neill
    Reviewed by Sandra M. Gilbert
  • The Insanity File
    The Madness of Mary Todd Lincoln
    By Jason Emerson
    Reviewed by Joan D. Hedrick
  • Art Without Balls
    Global Feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art
    Edited by Maura Reilly and Linda Nochlin
    Reviewed by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
  • Sex Without Procreation, Procreation Without Sex
    Everything Concievable: How Assisted Reproduction is Changing Men, Women, and the World
    By Liza Mundy
  • Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience
    By Laura Marno
    Reviewed by Amy Agigian
  • The Rescuer of Women
    Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories
    By Katha Pollitt
    Reviewed by Lisa Jervis
  • The Boys Against the Girls
    Playing with the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal
    By Eileen McDonagh and Laura Pappano
    Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change
    Edited by Nancy Hogshead-Makar and Andrew Zimbalist
    Reviewed by Pat Griffin
  • Good Reads
    The Resonance of "Quiet" Fiction
    By Valerie Miner
  • Poetry
    By Barbara Greenberg
  • Detour De Force
    Awkward: A Detour
    By Mary Cappello
    Reviewed by Jan Clausen
  • Photography
    The Aftermath
    Photographs by Rania Matar
    Article by Rahcel Rosenfield Lafo
  • Essay
    Where No Woman Has Gone Before
    By Victoria Rosner
  • Cultural Identity and Multicultural Complexity
    The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism
    By Melanie Kaye/Kantowitz
    Reviewed by Bettina Aptheker
  • Quincanera Barbie
    Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina
    By Rosie Molinary
    Once Upon a Quincanera: Coming of Age in the USA
    By Julia Alvarez
    Reviewed by Marie-Elise Wheatwind
  • Handmaidens No More
    Daring to Care: American Nursing and Second-Wave Feminism
    By Psusan Gelfand Malka
    Reviewed by Peggy Lynch
  • All to Mother
    Household Accounts: Working-Class Family Economies in the Interwar United States
    By Susan Porter Benson
    Reviewed by Alice Kessler-Harris
  • Obituary
    Tender Impiety: Grace Paley, 1922-2007
    By Rachel Rubin

 July/August 2008

  • Blasts From The Past
    Hanoi Journal 1967
    By Carol Cohen McEldowney
    Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman
    By Cathy Wilkerson
    Reviewed by Alice Echols
  • Never Give In, Never Give Up
    Bella Abzug: An Oral History
    By Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom
    Reviewed by Ruth Rosen
  • Citizens of the Affluent Society?
    The Battle for Welfare Rights:Politics and Poverty in America
    By Felicia Kornbluh
    Life After Welfare: Reform and the persistence of Poverty
    By Laura Lein and Deanna T. Schexnayder with Karen Nanges Douglas and Daniel g. Schroeder
    Reviewed by Annelise Orleck
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves Lives!
    The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminist Knowledge Travels Across Borders
    By Kathy Davis
    Reviewed by Betsy Hartmann
  • Families of Affinity
    Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage:Valuing All Families Under The Law
    By Nancy Polikoff
    Reviewed by Ruthann Robson
  • "I Will Tell Everything"
    The Diary of Mary Berg:Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto
    Edited by S.L. Shneiderman; New edition prepared by Susan Lee Pentlin
    Tasting the Sky:A Palestinian Childhood
    By Ibtisam Barakat
    Reviewed by Harriet Malinowitz
  • Seeking a Usable Past
    Feeling Backward:Loss and the Politics of Queer History
    By Heather Love
    Reviewed by Meryl Altman
  • Field Notes
    Betrayals of the Heart
    By Robin Becker
  • Poetry
    By Jan Freeman
  • Cartoon
    By Fly
  • The Postfeminist Dilemma
    Women as Weapons of War:Iraq,Sex,and the Media
    By Kelly Oliver
    From Where We Stand:War,Women's Activism and Feminist Analysis
    By Cynthia Cockburn
    Terrorist Assemblages:Homonationalism in Queer Times
    By Jasbir Puar
    Reviewed by Alyson M. Cole
  • Talking About My Generation
    Sisterhood Interrupted: From Radical Women to Girls Gone Wild
    By Deborah Siegel
    Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters
    By Jessica Valenti
    We Don't Need Another Wave:Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists
    By Melody Berger
    Reviewed by Patricia Justine Tumang
  • Brought to Light
    The Air We Breathe
    By Andrea Barrett
    Signed, Mata Hari
    By Yannick Murphy
    Reviewed by Rebecca Meacham
  • The Universe Was Her Oyster
    Margaret Fuller:An American Romantic Life, The Public Years
    By Charles Capper
    Margaret Fuller: Wandering Pilgrim
    By Meg McGavran Murray
    Reviewed by Bell Gale Chevigny
  • Dying As She Lived
    Circling My Mother
    By Mary Gordon
    Reviewed by Lauren Byrne
  • Outsiders Who Welcome Us In
    Pink Harvest:Tales of Happenstance
    By Toni Mirosevich
    Comfort Food For Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl By Marusya Bociurkiw
    Reviewed by Elana Dykewomon

September/October 2008

  • Drawing Pride
    Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist
    By Nancy Goldstein
    Reviewed by Meisha Rosenberg,
  • Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It
    Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal
    By Penny Loeb
    Reviewed by Liza Featherstone
  • Opting For the Air Conditioning
    The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women, and the Real Gender Gap
    By Susan Pinker
    Reviewed by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett
  • Two-Story White House, North
    Harriet Wilson's New England: Race, Writing, and Region
    Edited By JerriAnne Boggis, Eve Allegra Raimon, and Barbara A. White
    Reviewed by Jean M. Humez
  • The Shiver of Possibility
    The Plague of Doves
    By Louise Erdrich
    Reviewed by Margaret Noori
  • Scrubwomen of Truth
    Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth: Poems 2004-2006
    By Adrienne Rich; My Body: New and Selected poems
    By Joan Larkin
    Reviewed by Alicia Ostriker
  • Poetry
    By Nicole Stellon O'Donnell
  • Photography
    Miriam Goodman, 1938-2008: A Friend's Reflections
    By Karen Davis
  • Good Reads
    Balancing on the Pacific Rim and Other Travelers' Tales
    By Valerie Miner
  • Out of the Habit
    Habits of Compassion: Irish Catholic Nuns and the Origins of New York's Welfare System, 1830-1920
    By Maureen Fitzgerald; Good Hearts: Catholic Sister in Chicago's Past
    By Suellen Hoy; Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church's Betrayal of American Nuns
    By Kenneth Briggs
    Reviewed by Catherine M. Mooney
  • Bringing Up Baby
    Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family
    By Nancy Folbre; Who Cares for Our Children? The Child Care Crisis in the Other America
    By Valerie Polakow
    Reviewed by Martha Nichols
  • A Culture of Female Talent
    The Talented Women of the Zhang Family
    By Susan Mann
    Reviewed by Ellen Widmer
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About...
    One for the Girls! The Pleasures and Practices of Reading Women's Porn
    By Clarissa Smith; Gettin Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity
    By Robert Jensen;
    Bonk; The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
    By Mary Roach
    Reviewed by Emily Toth
  • Affection for the World
    Shelter Half
    By Carol Bly
    Reviewed by Judith Niemi
  • Remaking the Body
    Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture
    By Victoria Pitts-Taylor; Bodies in the Making: Transgressions and Transformations
    Edited By Nancy N. Chen and Helene Moglen
    Reviewed by Kathy Davis
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind
    Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the US Prison System
    By Silja J.A. Talvi; Wretched Sisters: Examining Gender and Capital Punishment
    By Mary Welek Atwell
    Reviewed by Karin Aguilar-San Juan

November/December 2008

  • Playing the Game Square
    An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene's Journey from Prejudice to Privilege
    By Heidi Ardizzone
    Reviewed by Marilyn Richardson
  • Rape Culture
    Rape: Sex, Violence, History
    By Joanna Bourke
    Reviewed by Jody Raphael
  • Reading the Book of the Earth
    When the Ground Turns in its Sleep
    By Sylvia Sellers-Garcia
    Reviewed by Martha Gies
  • Welfare Reform to Suit the State
    Welfare Reform and Sexual Regulation
    By Anna Marie Smith
    Reviewed by Jean Hardisty
  • Syphilis of the Innocent
    Amalia's Tale: An Impoverished Peasant Woman, an Ambitious Attorney,
    and a Fight for Justice 
    By David I. Kertzer
    Reviewed by Susan M. Reverby
  • Cartoon
    Written in Stone
    By Nicole Schulman
  • The Nonanxiety of Influence
    Fragment of the Head of a Queen By Cate Marvin;
    Blessings and Inclemencies   By Constance Merritt;
    The Dirty Side of the Sotrm   By Martha Serpas
    Reviewed by Kate Daniels
  • Poetry of Science
    What the Blood Knows By Peggy Miller; Constituents of Matter
    By Anna Leahy; One-Breasted Woman By Susan Deborah King
    Reviewed by Janet McCann
  • Field Notes
    The Text as Fellowship: Remembering Miriam Goodman
    By Robin Becker
  • Poetry
    By Carolyne Wright
  • Heat and Fire
    Map of Ireland
    By Stephanie Grant
    Reviewed by Carol Anshaw
  • Doing Science Differently
    Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science: An Astronomer among
    the Romantics
    By Renee Bergland; Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of
    By Catherine Brady
    Reviewed by Kathleen Ochs
  • The Truth in the Middle
    To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed
    By Alix Kates Shulman
    Reviewed by Diana Postlethwaite
  • The Awesome Body
    Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body
    By Jennifer Ackerman; Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss -
    and the Myths and Realities of Dieting
    By Gina Kolata; Perfect Girls,
    Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body By Courtney E. Martin  
    Reviewed by Lori Rotskoff
  • Of Love and Loss 
    Loving the Difficult
    By Jane Rule
    Reviewed by Marilyn R. Schuster
  • The Immigrant Generations
    Unaccustomed Earth
    By Jhumpa Lahiri
    Reviewed by Mandira Sen

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