Women's Review of Books - 2012 Issues

January/February 2012

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  • The Women Rebel
    Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion By Jean H. Baker
    By Jean H. Baker
    Reviewed by Sarah Blustain

  • Into the Eye of the Storm
    Night’s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins, With Her Unfinished Autobiography
    By Yaël Tamar Lewin 
    Reviewed by Debra Cash

  • Grief for Men, Grief from Men
    Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak By Selma Leydesdorff; War Is Not Over When It’s Over: Women Speak Out from the Ruins of War
    By Ann Jones
    Reviewed by Cynthia Cockburn

  • Where They Have to Take You In
    Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
    By Anita Hill
    Reviewed by Renée Loth

  • Rape During Wartime and Beyond 
    Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights
    Edited by Elizabeth D. Heineman
    Reviewed by Jennifer G. Mathers

  • A Useable Past
    Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes
    By Lisa L. Moore
    Reviewed by Martha Vicinus

  • Photography
    Despartely Perfect
    Photos by Rachel Papo and Commentary by Nina Alovert

  • The Things They Left Behind
    The Buddha in the Attic
    By Julie Otsuka
    Reviewed by Mako Yoshikawa

  • Poetry 
    By Alissa Valles

  • Field Notes
    There Are Places That I Remember
    By Robin Becker

  • Uniting and Dividing
    Twin Cites By Carol-Muske Dukes
    Selected Poems: A New Selection By Amy Clampitt
    Reviewed by Grace Schulman

  • What's Out There?
    Head Off & Split By Nikky Finney
    Life On Mars By Tracy K. Smith

    Reviewed by Colleen J. McElroy

  • Having Fun Learning To Be Liberal
    Before Porn Was Legal: The Erotica Empire of Beate Uhse
    By Elizabeth Heineman
    Reviewed by Leila J. Rupp

  • Breaking Rank
    An American Radical: Political Prisoner in My Own Country
    By Susan Rosenberg
    Reviewed by Brackette F. Williams

  • Gender and Power
    The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe
    By Nwando Achebe
    Reviewed by E. Frances White

  • Violence is Gendered
    Equality with a Vengeance: Men’s Rights Groups, Battered Women, and Antifeminist Backlash By Molly Dragiewicz 
    The Victimization of Women: Law, Policies, and Politics By Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller
    Reviewed by Amy Barasch


March/April 2012

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  • Feminists of the Right and Left
    Before the Revolution: Women’s Rights and Right-Wing Politics in Nicaragua, 1821-1979

    By Victoria González-Rivera

    Reviewed by Florence E. Babb

  • Poverty, Gospel, Revolution
    The Journey of a Tzotzil-Maya Woman of Chiapas, Mexico: Pass Well Over the Earth
    By Christine Eber and “Antonia”
    Reviewed by Martha Gies

  • The Adaptable Brain
    The Truth About Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children
    By Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett
    Reviewed by Susan McGee Bailey

  • From War on Poverty to War on Poor People
    The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America

    By Marissa Chappell
    Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty
    By Kaaryn Gustafson
    Poverty, Battered Women and Work in US Public Policy
    By Lisa Brush
    Reviewed by Annelise Orleck

  • The Index of the Mind
    The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America
    By Kate Haulman
    Reviewed by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

  • Good Reads
    Real Books
    By Trish Crapo

  • Poetry
    By Sheila Squillante

  • From Sixteen Personalities to One
    Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case
    By Debbie Nathan
    Reviewed by Paula J. Caplan

  • Cartoon
    By JD Glass

  • Not Ready to Lie Down
    Traveling Light: Poems
    By Linda Pastan
    Aftermath: Poems
    By Sandra M. Gilbert
    Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
    By Adrienne Rich
    Reviewed by Donna Krolik Hollenberg

  • All Fur Coat and No Knickers
    The Forgotten Waltz
    By Anne Enright
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • The Ethics of Bioethics
    Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics
    By Karla FC Holloway
    Reviewed by Charlene Galarneau

  • On With the Show
    Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
    By Stacy Wolf
    Reviewed by Deborah Jannerson

  • Harem Fantasy and Reality
    Harem Histories: Envisioning Places and Living Spaces
    Edited by Marilyn Booth
    Reviewed by M. Lynx Qualey

  • Open Up White Space
    Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space
    By Alice Fahs
    Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist’s Story of Reporting and Reinvention
    By Amy Alexander
    Reviewed by Carol Sternhell

May/June 2012

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  • The Discoverer Discovered
    The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

    By Glynis Ridley

    Reviewed by Janet Beizer

  • The Care Crisis
    Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870 - 1940
    By Vanessa H. May
    Making Care Count: A Century of Gender, Race and Paid Care Work
    By Mignon Duffy
    The Caring Self: The Work Experiences of Home Care Aides
    By Claire Stacey
    Reviewed by Candace Howes

  • The Meaning Of The Fetus
    Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern Americav
    By Sarah Dubow
    Reviewed by Emily Douglas

  • Purists Vs. Pragmatists
    Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century America
    By Carol Faulkner
    Fighting Chance: The Struggle Over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America
    By Faye Dudden
    Reviewed by Lisa Tetrault

  • Caring For Rosie The Riveter’s Kids
    Demanding Child Care: Women’s Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-1971
    By Natalie M. Fousekis
    Reviewed by Marcy Whitebook

  • Photography
    Unconventional Subjects, Conventional Settings
    Photos By Jess T. Dugan
    Commentary by Karen Irvine

  • Field Notes
    The Complexity Of Life
    By Robin Becker

  • Poetry
    By Rachel Mennies

  • The Connectedness Of Things
    The Undertaker’s Daughter
    By Toi Derricotte
    By Judy Kronenfeld
    Reviewed by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

  • Down And Out In Paris
    The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.
    By Carole DeSanti
    Reviewed by Patsy Baudoin

  • Who’s A Terrorist?
    Walking with the Comrades
    By Arundhati Roy
    Reviewed by Kerryn Higgs

  • The Forgotten "I"
    Marzi: A Memoir
    By Marzena Sowa, with art by Sylvain Savoia, translated by Anjali Singh
    Reviewed by Marta Bladek

  • The Crooked Room
    Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America: For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Politics When Being Strong Isn’t Enough
    By Melissa V. Harris-Perry
    Reviewed by Sheri Parks

  • Required Reading
    A Walk in Victoria’s Secret By Kate Daniels; Violet Transparent
    By Anne Coray
    The Stranger Dissolves
    By Christina Hutchins
    The Takeaway Bin
    By Toni Mirosevich
    Poetry in America
    By Julia Spicher Kasdorf
    By Jehanne Dubrow
    Reviewed by Ginny Kaczmarek

July/August 2012

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  • The Trauma of Separation
    Help Me Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery
    By Heather Andrea Williams
    To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker
    By Sydney Nathans
    Reviewed by Jean Humez

  • Fashioning a Conscience
    A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
    By Alice Kessler-Harris
    Reviewed by Clarissa Atkinson

  • Crossnational Abortion Policy
    Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain, and Canada
    By Drew Halfmann
    Reviewed by Miriam Smith

  • The Gender of Genre
    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
    By Jeanette Winterson
    Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
    By Deborah Feldman
    Reviewed by Jan Clausen

  • The Mother of Us All
    Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory
    By Cynthia Eller
    Reviewed by Corinne T. Field

  • The Lesbian Tide
    When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution
    By Jeanne Cordova
    Susanna J. Sturgis

  • Essay
    From a Once-Young Feminist: Remembering Adrienne Rich
    By Kate Daniels

  • Cartoon
    By Stephanie Piro

  • Four Poetic Debuts
    By Jennifer Denrow
    All of Us
    By Elisabeth Frost
    Rag & Bone
    By Kathryn Nuernberger
    Thirteen Departures from the Moon
    By Deema K. Shehabi
    Reviewed by Kelly Davio

  • Poetry
    By Margaret Randall

  • Good Reads
    Many Gravies
    By Trish Crapo

  • The Politics of Everyday Life
    The Nation Writ Small: African Fictions and Feminisms
    By Susan Z. Andrade
    News From Home: Stories
    By Sefi Atta
    By Sefi Atta
    Reviewed by Heather Hewett

  • Hybrid Politics
    A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness
    By Cherrie L. Moraga
    Reviewed by Alvina Quintana

  • The Dangers of Reform
    Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law
    By Dean Spade
    Reviewed by Jennifer Levi and Giovanna Shay

September/October 2012

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  • The Good Mothers Club
    Disability and Mothering: Liminal Spaces of Embodied Knowledge

    Edited by Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson and Jen Cellio
    Reviewed by Kim E. Nielsen

  • The Origins of Plan B
    The Morning After: A History of Emergency Contraception in the United States
    By Heather Munro Prescott
    Reviewed by Sarah Blustain

  • The Family Secret
    Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello, Her Life and Times
    By Cynthia A Kierner
    Reviewed by Martha Saxton

  • The Holy Grail of Beauty
    Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art
    By Aileen Riberio
    Reviewed by Linda Simon

  • The Worst Place in the World
    By Toni Morrison
    Reviewed by A. J. Verdelle

  • The Other Shoe Drops
    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    By Alison Bechdel
    Reviewed by Audrey Bilger

  • Poetry
    By Diana Woodcock

  • Photography: Brazilian Street Diary
    By Viviane Moos

  • Interview
    Khadidiatou Koïta and the International Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
    By Tobe Levin

  • Field Notes
    Diving into the Dream: A Poet's Reflection on the Influence of Adrienne Rich's Poetry
    By Robin Becker

  • A Whole Lot of Founding Going On
    Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010
    By Elizabeth Alexander
    By Elizabeth Willis
    The Book of Men
    By Dorianne Laux
    The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010
    By Marge Piercy
    Reviewed by Carol Bere 

  • We All Carry Someone
    Carry the One
    By Carol Anshaw
    Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

  • Essay
    Going on Fifty: Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook
    By Roberta Rubenstein

  • Binational Stardom
    Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America
    By Beth Holmgren
    Reviewed by Halina Filipowicz

  • Beyond Heroism
    The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster
    Edited by Emmanuel David and Elaine Enarson
    Women Confronting Natural Disaster: From Vulnerability to Resilience
    By Elaine Enarson
    Reviewed by Elizabeth Fussell

  • The Pure and the Impure
    The Good Muslim
    By Tahmima Anam
    Reviewed by Mandira Sen

November/December 2012

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  • The Pros and Cons of Reproduction
    Why Have Children? The Ethical Debate
    By Christine Overall
    Reviewed by Rosemarie Tong

  • Women Legislators & Party Politics
    Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change
    By Barbara Palmer and Dennis Simon;

    How Women Represent Women: Political Parties, Gender, and Representation in the State Legislatures
    By Tracy L. Osborn

    Reviewed by Glenna Matthews

  • Becoming a Person of Significance
    As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks 1964-1980
    By Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff
    Reviewed by Harriet Malinowitz 

  • An International Civil Rights Pioneer
    Thyra J. Edwards: Black Activist in the Global Freedom Struggle
    By Gregg Andrews
    Reviewed by Dayo F. Gore 

  • Hidden in Plain Sight
    Amy Lowell: Diva Poet
    By Melissa Bradshaw
    Reviewed by Donna K. Hollenberg 

  • We Don't Need a Piece of Paper From City Hall - Or Do We?
    One Marriage Under God: The Campaign to Promote Marriage in America
    By Melanie Heath;

    Not Just Roommates: Cohabitation After the Sexual Revolution
    By Elizabeth H. Pleck

    Reviewed by Ruth Sidel 

  • Saying "Yes" to Life
    The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011
    By Alicia Suskin Ostriker
    Reviewed by Anita Diamant 

  • Poetry: The Alice Poems
    By Jan Clausen 

  • Good Reads: Finding Ourselves in History
    By Trish Crapo 

  • Cartoon
    By Annie Murphy 

  • Spare and Flagrant
    Inside/Out: Selected Poems
    By Marilyn Buck
    Reviewed by Martha Gies 

  • A Queer Studies Foremother
    Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader
    By Gayle S. Rubin
    Reviewed by Svati P. Shah 

  • Rebellious Sisters
    The Kings’ Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and Her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin
    By Elizabeth C. Goldsmith
    Reviewed by Rosalind Delmar 

  • Black Lesbian Families Finding Community
    Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood Among Black Women
    By Mignon R. Moore
    Reviewed by Julie Abraham 

  • A Time of Isms
    Bid Me to Live
    By H.D., edited by Caroline Zilboorg
    Reviewed by Emily Wojcik 

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