Women's Review of Books - 2013 Issues

January/February 2013

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  • Now We Are Thirty
    By Amy Hoffman, Editor in Chief

  • Women vs. Women

    Battling Miss Bolsheviki: The Origins of Female Conservatism in the United States
    By Kirsten Marie Delegard
    Reviewed by Kim Phillips-Fein

  • Women Who Want to Be Women
    Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America
    By Nancy L. Cohen
    Reviewed by Kathryn Joyce

  • Playground Proselytizing
    The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children
    By Katherine Stewart
    Reviewed by Veronica I. Arreola

  • The New Jim Crow for Women
    Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation
    By Beth Richie
    Reviewed by Jean Hardisty

  • Bridging Past and Present
    Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward
    By Ruth Salvaggio
    Reviewed by Ginny Kaczmarek

  • Reintroducing Rachel Carson
    On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
    By William Souder
    Reviewed by Joni Seager 

  • Poetry
    By Suzanne Carey

  • Photography: Refusing to Be Intimidated
    Photographs by Stephanie Sinclair
    Commentary by Edie Gross

  • Saving the Children
    Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption
    By Laura Briggs

    Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth
    By Erin Siegel

    Reviewed by Martha Nichols

  • The Passport to Hell
    Sex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power, and Desire
    By Julie Berebitsky
    Reviewed by Priscilla Murolo

  • Field Notes: Stranger to Nothing
    By Robin Becker

  • Gym Class Blues
    Active Bodies: A History of Women’s Physical Education in Twentieth-Century America
    By Martha H. Verbrugge
    Reviewed by Laura Pappano

  • Voices from the Margins
    Walking Backwards
    By Shirley Geok-lin Lim

    Spirit Birds They Told Me
    By Mary Oishi

    Reviewed by Maria Melendez

  • All Things Marylin
    Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox
    By Lois Banner
    Reviewed by Diana Postlethwaite

  • An Ode to Women's Review of Books on the Occasion of Her 30th Anniversary
    By Kate Clinton

  • TV Heroines
    Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture
    By Katherine J. Lehman
    Reviewed by Lori Rotskoff


March/April 2013

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  • Rosie-Colored Glasses
    Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art
    By Donna B. Knaff
    Reviewed by Ardis Cameron

  • WRB Celebrating 30 Years
    Anniversary Tribute from Anita Diamant

  • "Is Marriage Good for Women?"
    From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
    By Michael Klarman

    Debating Same-Sex Marriage
    By John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher

    Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage
    Edited by Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort

    A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing
    By Alix Kates Shulman

    Not the Marrying Kind
    By Nicola Barker

    Reviewed by Nicola Barker
  • Who Was Anne Frank? Who is She Now?
    Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory
    Edited by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jeffrey Shandler
    Reviewed by Marianne Hirsch

  • Divided We Stand
    All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s
    By Robert Self
    Reviewed by Felicia Kornbluh

  • Normal No More
    Gaga Feminism: Gender, Sex, and the End of Normal
    By J. Jack Halberstam
    Reviewed by Cressida J. Heyes

  • Que(e)ring Sex, Disability, and Feminism
    Feminist Disability Studies Edited by Kim Q. Hall; Sex and Disability
    Edited by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow
    Reviewed by Lauri Umansky

  • Good Reads
    Passionate Strangers
    By Trish Crapo

  • Poetry 
    By Dorian Kotsiopoulos

  • Seeing and Not Seeing
    Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White
    By Lila Quintero Weaver
    Reviewed by Meisha Rosenberg

  • A Journey That is Not Straightforward
    Mother & Child
    By Carole Maso
    Reviewed by Roseanne Giannini Quinn

  • See Jane Read
    The Woman Reader
    By Belinda Jack
    Reviewed by Leah price

  • Comic
    By Leela Corman

  • The Value of Care
    Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State
    By Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein
    Reviewed by Karen Kahn

  • Cuba's Changing Attitudes
    Sexual Revolution in Cuba: Passion, Politics, and Memory
    By Carrie Hamilton
    Reviewed by Margaret Randall

  • Which One Would You Be?
    Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis
    By Alice Kaplan

    Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale, and Jane Grant
    By Susan Henry

    All We Know: Three Lives
    By Lisa Cohen

    Reviewed by Emily Toth

  • Messing with Texas
    Let The People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards
    By Jan Reid

    As Texas Goes: How The Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda
    By Gail Collins

    Reviewed by Judith Nies

May/June 2013

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  • Outside the Outsiders
    Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art
    By Art Shriver and Tom Whitehead
    Reviewed by Marilyn Richardson
  • WRB Celebrating 30 Years
    Anniversary Tribute from Gloria Steinem

  • Imagining the Impossible
    Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Politics
    By Urvashi Vaid
    Reviewed by Bettina Aptheker

  • Promoting Trans-Literacy
    Transfeminist Perspectives In and Beyond Transgender and Gender Studies
    Edited by Anne Enke
    Reviewed by Cressida J. Heyes

  • The Voice
    Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
    By Mariana Warner

    When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice
    By Terry Tempest Williams

    Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

  • "What Does Henry Want?"
    Bring Up the Bodies
    By Hilary Mantel
    Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

  • Field Notes
    Faith and Its Elusiveness
    By Robin Becker

  • Essay
    Lesbians on the Move
    By Judy Grahn

  • Photography
    Hellen van Meene: A Delicate Balancing Act
    Photographs by Hellen van Meene
    Commentary by Cassandra Goldwater

  • Always Another Fight
    Elsewhere, California
    By Dana Johnson
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • Oh Make Me Real!
    Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life
    By Natalie Dykstra
    Reviewed by Judith Fetterley

  • Poetry
    By Shirley Powers

  • The History Beneath History
    Out of It
    By Selma Dabbagh

    Of Noble Origins
    By Sahar Kahalifeh

    Reviewed by M. Lynx Qualey

  • The Organization
    In the Shadows of the Banyan
    By Vaddey Ratner
    Reviewed by Marianne Villanueva

  • The Authors of Their Lives
    By Zadie Smith
    Reviewed by Susan Alice Fischer

  • A Question of Safety
    The Round House
    By Louise Erdrich

    Flight Behavior
    By Barbara Kingsolver

    Reviewed by A. J. Verdell

  • Funny Then, Funny Now
    We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy: A Very Oral History
    By Yael Kohen
    Reviewed by Roz Warren

  • Who Would Jesus Deport?
    Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience
    By Susan C. Pearce, Elizabeth J. Clifford, and Reena Tandon

    National Insecurities: Immigrants and US Deportation Policy Since 1882
    By Deidre M. Moloney

    "I Am an American": Filming the Fear of Difference
    By Cynthia Weber

    Reviewed by Katarzyna Marciniak


July/Aug 2013

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  • Short-Haired Women and Long-Haired Men
    The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left
    By Landon R.Y. Storrs
    Reviewed by Alice Kessler-Harris

  • WRB Celebrating 30 Years
    Feminist Superbooster
    By Courtney Martin

  • Superheroines
    Womanthology: Heroic 
    Edited by Mariah Huehner
    Reviewed by Joan Hilty

  • Poet and Marketing "Mastermind"
    Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage
    By Vincent Carretta
    Reviewed by Joycelyn Moody

  • Outlaw Texts
    In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature
    By Kristen Kalsem

    Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diaryof a Victorian Lady
    By Kate Summerscale

    Reviewed by Lisa Rodensky

  • Wages for Housework
    Sex, Race, and Class: The Perspective of Winning: A selection of Writings, 1952-2011
    By Selma James
    Reviewed by Kate Weigand

  • Pursued By Hounds
    Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother
    By Eva LaPlante
    Reviewed by Martha Saxton

  • Poetry
    By Kelly Cherry

  • Cartoon
    By Gina Kamentsky

  • Good Reads
    Passionate Strangers
    By Trish Crapo

  • The Warrior Spirit
    Crazy Brave: A memoir
    By Joy Jarjo
    Reviewed by Janice Gould

  • The Union of Forgotten Wives

    By Kate Zambreno
    Reviewed by Nancy Gray

  • Women's Struggles in the Arab World
    Mapping Arab Women's Movements: A Century of Transformations from Within
    Edited by Pernille Arenfeldt and Nawar Al-Hassan Golley
    Reviewed by Marilyn Booth

  • Smoking Liberation
    Sex, Lies and Cigarettes: Canadien Women, Smoking, and Visual Culture, 1880-2000
    By Sharon Anne Cook
    Reviewed by Rosemary Elliot

  • Writing and Remembering
    The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust
    By Marianne Hirsch

    Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Simaite
    By Julija Sukys

    Reviewed by Rochelle Ruthchild

  • The Chick Slicks
    Airbrushed Nation: The Lure and Loathing of Women's Magazines
    By Jennifer Nelson
    Reviewed by Andi Zeisler

September/October 2013

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  • Not Just the Wife of Her Husband
    Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs.Paul Robeson
    By Barbara Ransby
    Reviewed by Mary Helen Washington

  • WRB Celebrating 30 Years
    As Long as it Takes
    By Carole DeSanti

  • Sex Work and the Law
    Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business
    By Ronald Weitzer
    Reviewed by Anne Gray Fischer

  • Disability, in History and in Life
    A Disability History of the United States
    By Kim E. Nielsen
    Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back
    By Harilyn Rousso
    Reviewed by Susan McGee Bailey

  • Her Mad Beauty
    Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writing of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
    Edited by Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo
    Reviewed by Ana Isabel Keilson

  • Trouble In The Bastion Of Liberalism
    Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia
    Edited by Gabrielle Gutiérrez Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris
    Reviewed by Stacey Patton

  • Poetry
    By Katherine Soniat

  • Photography Unapologetically
    Photographs By Zanele Muholi
    Commentary By Claire Breukel

  • Leaping Into Mystery
    The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archeology, and the Origins of European Dance
    By Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    Reviewed by Debra Cash

  • Reproductive Rights As They Are Now
    Crow After Roe: How "Separate But Equal" Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health and How We Can Change That
    By Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo

    Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement
    By Sarah Erdreich

    Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know
    By Rickie Solinger
    Reviewed by Janet Golden

  • Women Working Hard
    Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World
    By Kate Braid

    Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods
    By Christine Byl

    On Equal Terms: Women in the Trades, 35 Years & Still Organizing Created
    by Susan Eisenberg
    Reviewed by Brigid O’Farrell

  • The Possibility Of Happy Endings
    My Beloved World By Sonia Sotomayor
    Reviewed by Ruth Rosen

  • Beyond Saving One Woman At A Time
    The Political Economy of Violence Against Women
    By Jacqui True
    Reviewed by Jody Raphael

  • Exposing Pinkwashing
    Israel/Palestine and the Queer International
    By Sarah Schulman
    Reviewed by Eleanor Roffman

  • Stereotype-Threat In The Sciences
    Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science
    By Sue V. Rosser

    I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science
    By Marjorie Senechal
    Reviewed by Veronica I. Arreola

November/December 2013

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  • WRB Celebrating 30 Years
    A Profound Absence
    By Martha Nichols

  • Intensive Mothering
    Home Is Where the School Is: The Logic of Homeschooling and the Emotional Labor of Mothering
    By Jennifer Lois
    Reviewed by Rachel Tabachnick

  • The Call of the Almost-Wild
    Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
    By Michael Pollan
    Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity
    By Emily Matchar
    Reviewed by Sarah Blustain

  • A Deeper Silence
    Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory and Silence in Rwanda
    By Jennie E. Burnet
    Reviewed by Jonneke Koomen

  • The Not-So-Great Generation
    What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France
    By Mary Louise Roberts
    Reviewed by Jennifer G. Mathers

  • Revolting Hags and Bereaved Mothers
    The Witch in the Western Imagination
    By Lyndal Roper
    Reviewed by Margaret Hunt

  • Other Anne Franks
    Helga’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp
    By Helga Weiss
    Rutka’s Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust
    By Rutka Laskier
    Reviewed by Harriet Malinowitz

  • Good Reads Small and Concentrated
    By Trish Crapo

  • Poetry
    By Colleen M. Webster

  • Cartoon the Lands of My Imagination
    By L. Nichols

  • Trying to Change the World through Sound
    Collected Poems
    By Naomi Replansky
    Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems, 1996-2011
    By Marilyn Nelson
    Reviewed by Alicia Ostriker

  • Interview
    “Only Connect”: The Creative Nonfiction of Amy Hoffman
    By Robin Becker

  • From Mexicans to Americans
    From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front
    By Elizabeth R. Escobedo
    Reviewed by Catherine S. Ramírez

  • Serving Her People - And Herself
    The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove
    By Steven C. Hahn
    Reviewed by Melanie Benson Taylor

  • Objects of Salvation
    The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption
    By Kathryn Joyce
    Reviewed by Ellen Herman

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