Women's Review of Books - 2009 Issues


January/February 2009

  • Where are the Women?
    Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns
    By Erika Falk
    Reviewed by Ruth Rosen
  • The Practice and The Theory
    Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C.
    By Anne M. Valk
    Reviewed by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Bridging the Chasm
    The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir
    By Honor Moore
    Reviewed by Catherine Mooney
  • Essay
    The Haunted Room
    By Carole DeSanti
  • An Unbalanced and Impossible Relationship
    White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson,
    By Brenda Wineapple
    Reviewed by Mary Loeffelholz
  • A Radical Activist, Rediscovered
    Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones
    By Carole Boyce Davies
    Reviewed by Kate Weigand
  • Defamiliarize Yourself
    The Halo RuleBy Teresa Leo; Sister By Nickole Brown; Ordinary Beans By Gwyn McVay;
    Bonneville By Jenny Mueller;The Gravity Soundtrack By Erin Keane
    Reviewed by Wendy Vardaman
  • Poetry
  • By Linda A. Roach
  • Good Reads
    The Benefits of Hindsight
    By Trish Crapo
  • Photography
    In the Tradition of Women Redefining the World: Photographs by Stella Johnson
    By Magdalen Pierrakos
  • Of Her Time and Ahead of It
    Sex Variant Woman:The Life of Jeannette Howard Foster
    By Joanne Passet
    Reviewed by Martha Vicinus
  • Founding Mothers
    Prodigal Daughters:Susanna Rowson's Early American Women
    By Marion Rust; The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren
    and the Founding of a Nation
    By Nancy Rubin Stuart
  • Reviewed by Martha Saxton
  • Short and Frisky
    Dinner with Osama
    By Marilyn Krysl; Downriver: Short Stories By Jeanne M. Leiby;
    Remember Love
    By Jody Lisberger
    Reviewed by Marianne Villanueva 
  • A Dialogue of the Sources
    Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections
    Edited by Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker  
    Reviewed by Sandra Yannone
  • The Second-Best Bed and Other Conundrums
    Shakespeare's Wife
    By Germaine Greer
    Reviewed by Marilyn Yalom
  • Woman's Best Friend
    The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics

    Edited by Josephine Donovan and Carol J. Adams;
    When Species Meet

    By Donna J. Haraway
    Reviewed by Kathy Rudy


March/April 2009

  • The Art of Interrogation
    A Field Guide for Female Interrogators
    By Coco Fusco
    Reviewed by Jill Dolan
  • Gamer Girls Rising
    Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming Edited By Yasmin B. Kafai, Carrie Heeter, Jill Denner, and Jennifer Y. Sun
    Reviewed by Latoya Peterson
  • Woman Suffrage Revised
    The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton:Women's Rights and the American Political TraditionsBy Sue Davis; Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement By Sally G. McMillen; Suffragists in an Imperial Age: US Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929 By Allison L. Sneider
    Reviewed by Kathi Kern
  • Rewriting Normal
    Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word)
    By Thea Hillman; Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience
    By Katrina A. Karkazis
    Reviewed by Monica J. Casper
  • Sex on the Inside - And the Outside
    Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality
    By Regina Kunzel
    Reviewed by Leila J. Rupp
  • Song, Myth, Epic Poem
    The Amputated Memory
    By Werewere Liking, Translated by Marjolijn de Jager
    Reviewed by Heather Hewett
  • Poetry
    By Alison Townsend
  • Cartoon
    That Pesky Process
    By Monica Gallergher
  • Field Notes
    Small Chapbooks Make a Big Impression
    By Robin Becker
  • What Great Art Removes
    New Collected Poems
    By Eavan Boland; Domestic Violence, By Eavan Boland
    Reviewed by Jody Allen Randolph
  • I Kissed a Girl
    Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire
    By Lisa M. Diamond
  • Reviewed by Ellyn Ruthstrom
  • Pedagogy of the Transnational
    Not Born a Refugee Woman: Contesting Identities, Rethinking Practices
    Edited By Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed, Nazilla Khanlou, and Helene Moussa
  • Reviewed by Katarzyna Marciniak
  • Street Theater for Social Change
    Teatro Chicana: A Collective Memoir and Selected Plays
    Edited By Laura E. Garcia, Sandra M. Gutierrez, and Felicitas Nunez
    Reviewed by AnaLouise Keating
  • A Universalist Life
    Lillian Wald: A Biography
    By Marjorie N. Feld
  • Reviewed by Louise W. Knight
  • Everybody's Oprah
    Embracing Sisterhood: Class, Identity, and Contemporary Black Women
    By Katrina Bell McDonald
    Reviewed by Audrey Elisa Kerr


May/June 2009

    Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics
    By Ronnee Schreiber
    Reviewed by Abby Scher
  • Ngo-graphy
    Women's Social Activism in the New Ukraine: Development and the Politics of Differentiation
  • By Sarah D. Phillips
    Reviewed by Sonia Jaffee Robbins
  • Desperate Housemates
    The Essential Dykes to Watch Our For
    By Alison Bechdel
    Reviewed by Trina Robbins
  • Who's Crazy Now?
    Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors
  • By Lisa Appignanesi
    Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz
  • Your Wicked Good Militia
    The School on Heart's Content Road
    By Carolyn Chute
    Reviewed by Mary Zeiss Strange
  • Engaged Poetry
  • Sea Change
    By Jorie Graham
    Rising, Falling, Hovering
    By C.D. Wright
    One Secret Thing
    By Sharon Olds
    Reviewed by Carol Bere
  • Poetry
  • By Kate Daniels
  • Good Reads
    By Trish Crapo
  • Photography
    Facing Peace: Families Surviving Violence
    By Carolyn M. Goldstein
  • Photos by Lisa Kessler
  • Reforming the Church
    Catholic and Feminist: The Surprising History of the American Catholic Feminist Movement
    By Mary J. Henold
  • Reviewed by Frances Kissling
  • Let The Good Work Go On
    Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Black Daughter of the Revolution
    Edited By Lois Brown
  • Reviewed by Andrea N. Williams
  • B-Movie Aspirations
    The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture
    Edited By Lauren Berlant
    Reviewed by Heather Love
  • The Changing of the Guard
    Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower
  • Edited by Deborah Gray White Women's Studies on the Edge Edited by Joan Wallach Scott
    Reviewed by Lois Rita Hembold

    July/August 2009

    • Our Great Man
      Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963
      By Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff
      Reviewed by Jan Clausen
    • Scribbling Women
      A Jury Of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
      By Elaine Showalter
      Reviewed by Carole DeSanti
    • Today's Rosies
      Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality In New York City
      By Jane Latour
      Reviewed by Brigid O’Farrell
    • Camp Women
      Women, Armies, and Warfare in Early Modern Europe
      By John A. Lynn II
      Reviewed by Jennifer G. Mathers
    • Cake Walk, Shimmy, and Charleston
      Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern
      By Jayna Brown
      Reviewed by Farah Jasmine Griffin
    • The Rhetoric and the Reality
      What Kind of Liberation?:Women and the Occupation of Iraq
      By Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt;
      City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance
      By Haifa Zangana
      Reviewed by Kerryn Higgs
    • Into Other Claws
      A Mercy
      By Toni Morrison
      Reviewed by Elizabeth McHenry
    • Cartoon
      By Jen Sorensen
    • Field Notes
      Recollected, But Not in Tranquility
      By Robin Becker
    • Choruses of Experience
      Blood Dazzler
      By Patricia Smith;
      By Lucille Clifton
      Reviewed by Ginny Kaczmarek
    • Poetry
      By Andrea Potos
    • Women Doing Science
      Sciences from Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities
      By Sandra Harding;
      Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory
      Edited by Emily Monosson
      Reviewed by Emily R. Grosholz
    • Gossip, History, and Life-History
      Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante
      By Lily Tuck
      Reviewed by Rosalind Delmar
    • Young, Hip, and Iranian
      Passionate Uprisings: Iran’s Sexual Revolution
      Reviewed by Persis M. Karim
    • The Ladies' Entrance
      The Girl I Left Behind: A Narrative History of the Sixties
      Reviewed by Suzanne McCormack
    • Tintinnabulation
      England’s Child: The Carillon and the Casting of Big Bells
      Reviewed by Joseph Davis


    September/October 2009

    • Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?
      Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference
      By Heather Jacobson;
      Lucky Girl
      By Mei-Ling Hopgood Reviewed by Martha Nichols
    • Girl Delinquents
      The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory
      Catherine S. Ramírez
      Reviewed by Miroslava Chávez-Garcí
    • Woman of Valor
      To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells
      By Mia Bay;
      Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign against Lynching
      By Paula Giddings
      Reviewed by Sherrilyn A. Ifill
    • Striving for Realness
      Kinship by Design: A History of Adoption in the Modern United
    • By Ellen Herman
      Reviewed by Barbara Melosh
    • Anomie in the New China
      Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
      By Leslie T. Chang
      Reviewed by Xujun Eberlein
    • Sticky Tables
      Nothing Right: Short Stories
      By Antonya Nelson
      Reviewed by Rebecca Meacham
    • Good Reads
      Lost and Found
      By Trish Crapo
    • Poetry
      By Trish Reeves
    • Photography
      By Moira Barrett
    • Comment by Dana Hoey
    • A Tree Putting Forth Green Leaves
      Poems from the Women’s Movement Edited by Honor Moore; Love Belongs to Those Who Do The Feeling: New and Selected Poems (1966-2006)
      By Judy Grahn
      Reviewed by Alicia Ostriker
    • A Failure of Understanding
    • Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery 
      By Siddartha Kara
      Reviewed by Melissa Hope Ditmore
    • Dissolved Boundaries
      By Charlotte Roche;
      Voice Over
      By Céline Curiol
      Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan
    • Touched by Grace
      The Vagrants
      By Yiyun Li
      Reviewed by Mako Yoshikawa
    • Temper, Mind, and Mouth
      The Other Side of Paradise
    • By Staceyann Chin
      Reviewed by Heather Seggel
    • The Rural Life
      Home By Marilynne Robinson;
      A Country Called Home
      By Kim Barnes
      Reviewed by Valerie Miner

    November/December 2009

    • The Teacher and the Student
      Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller
      By Kim Neilsen
    • Reviewed by Deborah Kent
    • The Paella of Revolution
      To Change the World: My Years in Cuba
      By Margaret Randall
      Reviewed by Minrose Gwin
    • The Revolutionist
      The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience
      By Kirstin Downey
      Reviewed by Susan Feiner
    • Isolation and Repression
      Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s
      Prisoner of Conscience

      By Justin Wintle
      No Time for Dreams: Living in Burma Under Military Rule
      By Carolyn Wakeman and San San Tin
      Reviewed by Marianne Villanueva
    • Baseball is War
      Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don't Play Baseball
      By Jennifer Ring
      Reviewed by Laura Pappano
    • Words Wrenched Out of Silence
      To Hell and Back: The Life of Samira Bellil
      By Samira Bellil, translated by Lucy R. McNair
      Reviewed by Cécile Oumhani
    • Poetry
      By Leslie Ullman
    • Cartoon
      Telling Stories
      By Joey Alison Sayers
    • Field Notes
      The Mind of the Poet: New Work by Leslie Ullman
      By Robin Becker
    • A Taste of Today's Poets
    • When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women 
      Edited by Andrea Hollander Budy
      Reviewed by Carol Bere
    • Cooking and Eating
      Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back
      By Anne Vileisis
      Reviewed by Jan Zita Grover
    • The Growth of a Writer
      Triangular Road: A Memoir
      By Paule Marshall
      Reviewed by Florence Ladd
    • Hip Hop Warzones
      The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop—And Why It Matters
      By Tricia Rose
      Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women
      By T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
      Reviewed by Latoya Peterson
    • The Imperial Presidency
      The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future
    • By Carol Gilligan and David A. J. Richards
      Reviewed by Dianne M. Hunter
    • Religious Feminists
      Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality
      By Leora Tanenbaum
      Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion
      By Danya Ruttenberg
      Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl
      By Susan Campbell
      A Dynamic God: Living an Unconventional Catholic Faith
      By Nancy Mairs
      Reviewed by Ann Braude


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