Women's Review of Books - 2011 Issues

January/February 2011

  • The Mules of the World
    Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture
    By Sheri Parks
    Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman: Voice and the Embodiment of a Costly Performance
    By Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant
    Reviewed by Stacey Patton
  • The Children of Feminism
    The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America
    By Kathleen Gerson
    Reviewed By Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers
  • People and Place
    Pushing the Bear: After the Trail of Tears
    By Diane Glancy
    Mattaponi Queen: Stories
    By Belle Boggs
    From the Hilltop
    By Toni Jensen
    Reviewed By Margaret Noori
  • Public Displays of Affection
    Untying the Knot: Marriage, the State, and the Case for Their Divorce
    By Tamara Metz
    From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law
    By Martha Nussbaum
    Reviewed By Emily Douglas
  • Murphy Brown Feminism
    Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism's Work is Done
    By Susan J. Douglas
    Reviewed By Courtney E. Martin
  • The Monster That Won't Stop Coming
    Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States
    Edited by Rickie Solinger, Paula C. Johnson, Martha L. Raimon, Tina Reynolds, and Ruby C. Tapia
    Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
    By Victoria Law
    The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison and Fighting for Those Left Behind
    By Safiya Bukhari, edited and with an introduction by Laura Whitehorn
    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    By Michelle Alexander
    Reviewed By Martha Gies
  • Speaking for China
    Pearl Buck in China
    By Hilary Spurling
    Pearl of China
    By Anchee Min
    Reviewed By Rebecca Steinitz
  • Poetry
    By Miriam Levine
  • Essay: Reading My Mother
    By Edith Pearlman
  • Lost Havens
    Of Earth and Sea: A Chilean Memoir
    By Marjorie Agosín, translated by Roberta GordensteinConfined: A Novel
    By Mariana DietlDeparting at Dawn: A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War
    By Gloria Lisé, translated by Alice Weldon
    Reviewed By Alicia Partnoy
  • Good Reads
    The Novel of Political Turbulence
    By Trish Crapo
  • Searching For Father and Country
    Marielitos, Balseros, and Other Exiles
    By Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
    Havana and Other Missing Fathers
    By Mia Leonin
    Family Sentence: The Search for My Cuban-Revolutionary, Prison-Yard, Mythic-Hero, Deadbeat Dad
    By Jeanine Cornillot
    Reviewed By Margaret Randall
  • New Voices From Eastern Europe
    This Lamentable City
    By Polina Barskova, translated by Ilya Kaminsky, with Kathryn Farris, Rachel Galvin, and Matthew Zapruder
    Stars of the Night Commute
    By Ana Božic˘evic´
    Father Dirt
    By Mihaela Moscaliuc
    Infinite Beginnings
    By Lucyna Prostko
    Reviewed By Lori Wilson
  • Obituary
    The Personal is Inescapable (Jill Johnston 1929-2010)
    By Debra Cash

    March/April 2011

    • Time Passes
      A Visit from the Goon Squad
      By Jennifer Egan
      Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan
    • Sexism, Racism, and Hillary
      Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women
      By Rebecca Traister
      Who Should Be First?: Feminists Speak
      Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign

      Edited by Beverly Guy-Sheftall
      and Johnnetta Betsch Cole;
      Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House:
      Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail

      By Regina G. Lawrence and Melody Rose
      Reviewed by Emily Douglas
    • New Women
      Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century
      By Sheila Rowbotham
      Reviewed by June Purvis
    • Unruly Women
      Equality and Revolution: Women’s Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917
      By Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild
      Reviewed by Lisa A. Kirschenbaum
    • The Politics of Point of View
      The Red Thread By Ann Hood; Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In
      Praise of Adoption

      By Scott Simon
      Dreaming a World: Korean Birthmothers Tell Their Stories
      Edited by Sangsoon Hoon
      A Gate at the Stairs
      By Lorrie Moore
      Reviewed by Martha Nichols
    • Trading Babies
      International Adoption: Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children
      Edited by Diana Marre and Laura Briggs
      Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration Across the Americas
      By Karen Dubinsky
      Reviewed by E.J. Graff
    • The Central Guiding Force
      Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion
      By Bettye Collier-Thomas
      Reviewed by M. Shawn Copeland
    • Field Notes Pole Vaulting
      By Robin Becker
    • Poetry
      By Susan Rich
    • Cartoon
      By Mari Naomi
    • Photography - Capacious Beauty
      Photos by Jennette Williams
      Commentary by Cassandra Goldwater
    • Nobody Knows My Name
      Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject
      By Kirsten Pai Buick
      Reviewed by Jennifer DeVere Brody
    • Work That Body
      Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater,
      Community Engagement, and Working It Out

      By Nadine George-Graves
      STREB: How To Become An Extreme Action Hero
      By Elizabeth Streb
      Reviewed by Debra Cash
    • Reverse the Curse
      New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation
      By Chris Bobel
      Reviewed by Rachel Fudge
    • A Twinned Narrative
      By Radwa Ashour, translated by Barbara Romaine
      Reviewed by M. Lynx Qualey

    May/June 2011

    • The Judicial Temperament
      In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate
      By Nancy Gertner
      Reviewed by Renée Loth
    • Making the Agony Visible
      Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me
      By Bobby Baker (with Dora Whittuck)
      Reviewed by Gail A. Hornstein
    • Women Win On and Off the Court
      Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports
      By SusanWare
      Reviewed by Laura Pappano
    • A Law Named After A Woman
      Pink Pirates: Contemporary Women Writers and Copyright
      By Caren Irr
      Review by Carole DeSanti
    • Discovering a Meaningful Life
      The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth
      By Lillian Nayder
      Reviewed by Lisa Rodensky
    • Good Reads
      "A Book Is An Axe": Indian Feminist Publisher, Mandira Sen
      By Trish Crapo
    • Love and Delusion
      The Pleasure Seekers
      By Tishani Doshi
      Reviewed by Mandira Sen
    • Poetry
      By Christina Hutchins
    • Photography
      Amy Thompson Avishai: Revealing A Hidden World
      By Leslie K. Brown
      Photos by Amy Thompson Avishai
    • Big Voices
      The Sensual World Re-Emerges
      By Eleanor Lerman;
      No Surrender
      By Ai
      Reviewed by Kate Daniels
    • Unreality Television
      Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV
      By Jennifer L. Pozner
      Reviewed by Michelle Dean
    • Danticat's Dialogues
      Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work
      By Edwidge Danticat
      Reviewed by Danielle Georges
    • No "True Womanhood" For Her
      Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography
      By Kate Culkin
      Reviewed by Marilyn Richardson
    • Unruly Women
      Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography
      By Susan Cheever;
      Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
      By Louise W. Knight
      Reviewed by Emily Toth
    • The Irreducible History
      I Hotel
      By Karen Tei Yamashita
      Reviewed by Mako Yoshikawa

    July/August 2011

    • Freedom’s Architects
      At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance: A New History
      of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
      At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance: A New Historyof the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
      By Nancy Gertner; 
      Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
      Edited By Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod, Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner
      Reviewed by Bettina Aptheker
    • Radical Hotness
    • Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers: Staging the Unimaginable at the WOW Café Theatre

    • By Kate Davy
      Reviewed by Robin Bernstein
    • Music or Noise
      Pink Noises: Women on Electric Music and Sound 
      By Tara Rodgers
      Reviewed by Deborah Frost
    • Adult Education
      A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
      By Stephanie Coontz; Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life
      By Stephanie Staal
      Reviewed by Lori E. Rotskoff
    • The Women Of Juárez
      Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera 
      Edited by Alicia Gaspar de Alba, with Georgina Guzmán
      Reviewed by Margaret Randall
    • Good Reads
      The Half-Life of Violence
      By Trish Crapo
    • Poetry
      By Katherine Sonia
    • Cartoon
      Gender Revolution
      By Elisha Lim
    • Get Out Your Speculums
    • Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women’s Health in the Second Wave

    • By Wendy Kline
      Reviewed by  Amy Kesselman
    • The Missing Middle, Found
      Reshaping the Work-Family Debat
      By Joan C. William
      Reviewed by  Jean Hardisty
    • No Blank Slates
      Brainstorm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences
      By  Rebecca M. Jordan-Young;
      Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
      By Cordelia Fine
      Reviewed by Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers
    • The Sludge of Ageism
      Facing Age: Women Growing Older in Anti-Aging Culture
      By Laura Hurd Clark
      Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in Americ
      By Margaret Gullett
      Reviewed by Margaret Cruikshank
    • “We Couldn't Do What You Do Here”
      The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life
      By  Jasmin Darznik
      Reviewed by Persis Karim
    • Essay
      Founding The Feminist Press
      By Florence Howe
    • At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance: A New Historyof the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

    September/October 2011

    • Jesus, Gandhi, Buddha, and Eleanor: Identifying with ER
      She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker
      By Brigid O’Farrell
      Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady
      By Maurine H. Beasley
      Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage
      By Hazel Rowley
      Reviewed by Priscilla Murolo

    • An Unshakeable Faith In Humanity
      Memoir of a Gulag Actress
      By Tamara Petkevich
      Reviewed by Cathy A. Frierson

    • Growing Up Communist, Coming Out a Folkie Feminist
      My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement
      By Alix Dobkin
      Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

    • The Gender Of Survival
      Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust
      Reviewed by Rochelle G. Ruthchild

    • Weapons Of The Weak
      On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the US Military in South Korea
      By Sealing Cheng
      Reviewed by Grace Chang

    • Field Notes
      Embracing The Range Of Human Feeling
      By Robin Becker

    • Photography
      by Laura Heyman; Commentary by Rachel Somerstein

    • Poetry
      By Rebecca Foust

      Born To Describe
      Inferno (A Poet’s Novel)
      By Eileen Myles
      Reviewed by Lisa L. Moore

    • Nothing But Being Told You Don’t Belong
      Gorée: Point of Departure
      By Angela Barry;
      How To Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories
      By Tiphanie Yanique
      Reviewed by Rebecca Meacham

    • Retrofitted Memory
      ¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement
      By Maylei Blackwell
      Reviewed by Miroslava Chávez-García

    • The Female Betrayer
      Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal
      By Jerry Lembcke
      Reviewed by Suzanne Kelley McCormack

    • Feminist Roots
      Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War
      By Dayo Gore
      Sojourning For Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism
      By Erik McDuffie
      Reviewed by Mary Helen Washington

    • A Culture Of Resistance
      Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945
      By Jennifer Guglielmo
      Reviewed by Karen Pastorello

    November/December 2011

    • But Are They Any Good?
      True Confessions: Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School
      Edited by Susan Gubar
      Reviewed by Audrey Bilger

    • The Economy of Shame
      Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh
      By Lamia Karim
      Reviewed by Ghazal Zulfiqar

    • Race, Gender, and Nail Polish
      The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work
      By Miliann Kang
      Reviewed by Jennifer Jihye Chun

    • The Hysteria Capital of the World
      Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
      By Asti Hustvedt
      Reviewed by Rosalind Delmar

    • Jim and Jane Crow
      Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution
      By Serena Mayeri
      Reviewed by Stacey Patton

    • Poetry
      By Jessica Greenbaum

    • Good Reads
      What The Dead Would Have Wanted
      By Trish Crapo

    • A World of Trouble
      Elizabeth Packard: A Noble Fight
      By Linda V. Carlisle
      Reviewed by Sandra F. VanBurkleo

    • Cartoon
      Grace And Miki
      By Rica Takashima

    • “I Like Me Black Face and Me Kinky Hair”
      Una Marson: Selected Poems
      Edited by Alison Donnell
      Reviewed by Erika J. Waters

    • Discrimination in the Womb
      Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men
      By Mara Hvistendahl
      Reviewed by Amy Agigian

    • Two Sexperts
      Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy
      By Carrie Pitzulo;
      Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir
      By Susie Bright
      Reviewed by Emily Toth

    • The Nannies’ Dilemma
      Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering
      By Cameron Lynn Macdonald
      Raising Brooklyn: Nannies, Childcare, and Caribbeans Creating
      By Tamara Mose Brown
      Reviewed by Rosanna Hertz

    • The Keepers of Utopia
      Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas
      By Jessica K. Taft
      Reviewed by Courtney E. Martin

    • Untangling the Marriage Knot
      Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China
      By Judith Stacey
      A History of Marriage: From Same-Sex Unions to Private Vows and Common Law, the Surprising Diversity of a Tradition
      By Elizabeth Abbott
      Reviewed by Kristin Celello

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