Women's Review of Books - 2010 Issues

January/February 2010

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    • Dramatis Personae
    • A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families 

    By Michael Holroyd
Reviewed by Penny Farfan
    • The Historical Truth
      Sojourner Truth's America 
      By Margaret Washington
      Reviewed by Jean M. Humez
    • "I Am Not the Wonderful Person I Was"
      The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq 
      By Helen Benedict
      Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq
      Edited by Lisa Bowden and Shannon Cainq
      Reviewed by: Jennifer G. Mathers
    • The Ghosts of War
      Haunting the Korean Dispora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War 
      By: Grace M. Cho
      Reviewed by Katharine H.S. Moon
    • The Captivity Narrative Redux
      The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman
      By Margot Mifflin
      Reviewed by Siobhan Senier
    • The Limits of Reform
      Addressing Rape Reform in Law and Practice
      By Susan Caringella
      Reviewed by Marianne Wesson
    • Poetry
      By Paola Corso
    • Photography
      City of Children
      by Monika Merva
      Commentary By Diana Edkins
    • Feisty Women
      But a Passage in Wilderness
      By Margo Berdeshevsky
      Crazy Love
      By Pamela Uschuk
      Nobody's Mother
      By Leslea Newman
      Reviewed by Marilyn Krysl
    • Between the House and the Chicken Yard
    • Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor

      By Brad Gooch

      Reviewed by Kathryn McKee

    • Good Reads
      All Day Reading
      By Trish Crapo
    • Let the Sun Shine
      Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Sixties Counterculture
      By Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo
      Reviewed Lori Rotskoff
    • Burning the Complacent Veldt
      On Joanna Russ
      Edited by Farah Mendlesohn
      Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis
    • Cosmo vs. Ms
      Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown
    • By Jennifer Scanlon

      Reviewed by Emily Toth

  • The Child is the Mother to the Homo Sapiens
    Mothers and Others: The Evolution Origins of Mutual Understanding
    By Sarah Blafer Hrdy
    Reviewed by Adrienne Zihlman
  • Identify Identity's History
    Identity Before Identity Polititcs
    By Linda Nicholson
    Reviewed by Alyson M. Cole

March/April 2010

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I Do Not Come to You By Chance
      By Adaobi Tricia Nqaubani

An Elegy for Easterly
      By Petina Gappah

Women Writing Zimbabwe
      By Irene Staunton

      Reviewed by Heather Hewett

    • In Perpetual Revolt
      Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy 
      By Marie Vieux-Chauvet
      Reviewed by Patti M. Marxsen
    • Adam and Steve and Leslie and Eve
      When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage 
      By M. V. Lee Badgett
      Reviewed by Emily Douglas
    • Back in Print After 500 Years
      Incantations: Songs, Spells, and Images by Mayan Women 
      By Ambar Past
      Reviewed by Martha Gies
    • Living Large
      The Tall Book: A Celebration of Life from on High
      By Arianne Cohen
      Reviewed by Renee Loth
    • The Storyteller and the Listener
      The Shame of Survival: Working Through a Nazi Childhood
      By Ursula Mahlendorf
      Reviewed by Marcie Hershman
    • The Help
      The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930
      By Margaret Lynch-Brennan
      Reviewed by Lauren Byrne
    • It's the End of the World As We Know It
      The Year of the Flood
      By Margaret Atwood
      Reviewed by Katherine V. Snyder
    • Call it Work, Call it God
      The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation
      By Fanny Howe
      Reviewed by Kelly Davio
    • Poetry
      By Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
    • Cartoon
      by Roberta Gregory
    • Field Notes
      A Poetic Reckoning
      By Robin Becker
    • Cinderella's Stepmother Speaks Out
      Stepmonsters: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do
      By Wednesday Martin
      Reviewed by Audrey Elisa Kerr
    • The People and the Land
    • National Monuments

      By Heidi E. Erdrich

      Reviewed by Cheryl Savageau

    • She Who Makes Her Meaning Clear
      I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde
      Edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnetta Betsch Cole, and Beverly Guy Sheftall
      Reviewed by Jewelle Gomex
    • The "Ocular Ethic"
      Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility
      By Monica Casper and Lisa Jean Moore
      Reviewed by Beth Schwartzapfel
    • The Evolution of a Movement
      The Politics of Sexual Abuse: Emotion, Social Movements, and the State
    • By Nancy Whittier

    Reviewed by Arlene Stein

May/June 2010

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Marilyn Revealed: The Ambitious Life of an American Idol
      By Ted Schwartz

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
      By J. Randy Taraborrelli

      Reviewed by Lois Banner
    • Incest and Epidemiology
      Unspeakable: Father-Daughter Incest in American History 
      By Lynn Sacco
      Reviewed by Mary Hamer
    • Stand Tall!
      Justice Older Than the Law: The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree 
      By Katie McCabe and Dovey Johnson Roundtree
      Moisture of the Earth: Mary Robinson, Civil Rights and Textile Union Activist 
      By Katie McCabe
      Boycotts, Buses, and Passes: Black Women's Resistance in the US South and South Africa 
      By Pamela E. Brooks
      Reviewed by Eileen Boris
    • Biology ≠ Destiny
      Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps - And What We Can Do About It 
      By Lise Eliot
      Reviewed by Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers
    • Sexual Behavior in the Human Sex Researcher
      Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
      By Thomas Maier
      Reviewed by Janice Irvine
    • The Photographer of Democracy
      Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

      By Linda Gordon
      Reviewed by Dalia Habib Linssen
    • Good Reads
      Hearing Voices
      By Trish Crapo
    • Photography (PDF) 
      Foreign Objects
      Photographs by Shadi Ghadirian
      Commentary by Ellen Feldman
    • Poetry
      By Julie R. Enszer
    • Looking for Lesbians in the City
      Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities
      By Julie Abraham
      Reviewed by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Rowena Kennedy-Epstein
    • Interview
      The City and the Homosexiaul
      by Robin Becker
    • Transformational Feminism
      Living with History/Making Social Change
      By Gerda Lerner
      Reviewed by Joanne M. Braxton
    • The Personal and the Political
      The Lacuna
      By Barbara Kingsolver
      Reviewed by Margaret Randall
    • Expectations about Expecting
    • Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room

      By Judith Walzer Leavitt 

      Deliver Me from Pain: Anesthesia and Birth in America

      By Jacqueline H. Wolf 

    Reviewed by Randi Epstein
  • Obituary
    Mary Daly, Revolting Hag
    By Susanna J. Sturgis

July/August 2010

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  • Tilted on her Pedestal
    Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles
    By Panthea Reid
    Reviewed by Carol Hurd Green
  • The Race and Gender Factory
    What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America
    By Peggy Pascoe
    Reviewed by Sandra F. VanBurkleo
  • The Young Woman
    The Novel
    By Nawal El Saadawi
    translated by Omnia Amin and Rick London
    Reviewed by Marilyn Booth
  • The Cosmopolitan Bushwoman
    Her Brilliant Career: The Life of Stella Miles Franklin
    By Jill Roe
    Reviewed by Kerryn Higgs
  • The Marching Days
    The Red Squad
    By E.M. Broner
    Risk
    By Elana Dykewomon
    The Labrys Reunion
    By Terry Wolverton
    The Love Children
    By Marilyn French
    Reviewed by Andrea Freud Loewenstein
  • Both Central and Marginal
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life
    By Lori D. Ginzberg
    Reviewed by Allison L. Sneider
  • Cartoon
    By Marguerite Dabaie
  • Poetry
    By Jehanne Dubrow
  • The Poet in Wartime
    Names
    By Marilyn Hacker
    Nettles
    By Venus Khoury-Ghata
    Reviewed by Marilyn Krysl
  • Age-struck and Seeing Strong
    The Book of Seventy
    By Alicia Suskin Ostriker
    A Village Life
    By Louise Glück
    Reviewed by Donna Krolik Hollenberg
  • Putting the Reader to Work
    The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
    By Lydia Davis
    Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan
  • Mostly Grieving, Occasionally Pleasing
    And The World Changed: Contemporary Stories
    by Pakistani Women
    Edited by Muneeza Shamsie
    Reviewed by Gayatri Devi
  • The Other of Others
    Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector
    By Benjamin Moser
    Reviewed by Marguerite Itamar Harrison
  • The Constraints of Gender
    Secret Son
    By Laila Lalami
    The Pistachio Seller
    By Reem Bassiouney
    translated by Osman Nusairi
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner
  • Who's Wearing the Pants
    When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American
    Women from 1960 to the Present

    By Gail Collins
    Reviewed by Emily Toth
  • Making Sense of an Iranian Past
    The Age of Orphans
    By Laleh Khadivi
    Bone Worship
    By Elizabeth Eslami
    Reviewed by Persis Karim

September/October 2010

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  • The Grand Rectification
    The Second Sex
    By Simone de Beauvoir
    Reviewed by Meryl Altman
  • Feminist Mothers and Daughters
    The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present
    By Christine Stansell
    Reviewed by Alice Echols
  • Self-Awareness, Blindspot, or Just LOL
    The Professor and Other Writings
    By Terry Castle
    Reviewed Lisa L. Moore
  • History with a Capital H
    Before Auschwitz: Irène Némirovsky and the Cultural Landscape of Inter-War France
    By Angela Kershaw
    The Life of Irène Némirovsky, Author of Suite Française, 1903-1942
    By Olivier Philipponnat and Patrick Lienhardt
    Reviewed by Susan Rubin Suleiman
  • Say, Have You Seen Lydia?
    The Tattooed Lady: A History
    By Amelia Klem Osterud
    Reviewed by Carol Anshaw
  • Legal in Name Alone
    Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors,
    Patients, and the Rest of Us

    By Carol Joffe
    Reviewed by Kathryn Joyce
  • Healthy at Any Size
    The Fat Studies Reader
    Edited by Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay
    Reviewed by Abigail Saguy
  • Simone-Izing
    Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone
    By Nadine Codohas
    Reviewed by Salamishah Tillet
  • Photography
    Time Recovered
    Photos by Ellen Feldman
    Commentary by Marilyn Richardson
  • Good Reads
    Hoping for Change
    By Trish Crapo
  • Poetry
    By Betty Buchsbaum
  • New Irish Poetry
    Selected Poems
    By Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
    The Sun-Fish
    By Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
    Painting Rain
    By Paula Meehan
    Reviewed by Carol Bere
  • The Poet's Daughter
    No Love Without Poetry: The Memoirs of Marina Tsvetaeva's Daughter
    By Ariadna Tsvetaeva
    Reviewed by Kelly Cherry
  • The Corrupt World
    The Passport
    By Herta Müller
    Reviewed by Jeanette Clausen
  • Come to Me
    The Fowl and the Pussycat: The Love Letters of Michael Field, 1876-1909
    Edited By Sharon Bickle
    Reviewed by Jill Ehnenn
  • "We Know Blows and Hard Words"
    The Fullness of Everything
    By Patricia Powell
    Reviewed by Erika Waters
  • Poets Laureate
    Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010
    By Maxine Kumin;
    The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
    By Kay Ryan
    Reviewed by Wendy Vardaman
  • Every Answer Raises Another Question
    The Long Song
    By Andrea Levy
    Reviewed by Susan Alice Fischer


November/December 2010

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  • Living Out Loud
    Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life
    By Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith
    Reviewed by Laura Flanders
  • Branding Jane
    Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World
    By Claire Harman
    Reviewed by Audrey Bilger
  • Reading, Writing, and Rehabilitation
    By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives
    By Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson
    Reading is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women's Prisons
    By Megan Sweeney
    Reviewed Bell Gale Chevigny
  • Women and the War
    Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War
    By Cynthia Enlow
    Reviewed by Lynne Hanley
  • Abigail Adams, Capitalist
    Abigail Adams
    By Woody Holton
    Reviewed by Martha Saxton
  • The Power of Activism
    DES Daughters: Embodies Knowledge and the Transformation of Women's Health Politics
    By Susan E. Bell
    Reviewed by Wendy Kline
  • Field Notes
    Birds of a Feather: The Themed AnthologyBy Robin Becker
  • Poetry
    By Irene Willis
  • Cartoon
    By Paige Braddock
  • Outside the Statistics
    Flexible Bones
    By Maria Melendez
    Flameco Hips and Mud Red Feet
    By Dixie Salazar
    Reviewed by Marie-Elise Wheatwind
  • Beauty Culture and Racial Uplift
    Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry
    By Tiffany M. Gill
    Reviewed by Francesca Gamber
  • Memory, Identity, Secrets, and Lies
    Day After Night
    By Anita Diamant
    Reviewed by Rochelle G. Ruthchild
  • That Saved a Kvetch Lie Me
    Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness
    By Ariel Gore
    Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
    By Barbara Ehrenreich
    Reviewed by Emily Toth
  • They Know We Know They Know
    A Mountain of Crumbs
    By Elena Gorokhova
    Street without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria
    By Kapka Kassabova
    Reviewed by Marta Bladek
  • One at a Time
    Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing
    By Lydia Peelle
    Triple Time
    By Anne Sanow
    Reviewed by Mako Yoshikawa
  • Gilmania
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Biography
    By Cynthia J. Davis
    The Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Sexualities, Histories, Progressivism
    By Judith A. Allen
    Reviewed by Louise W. Knight


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