Women's Review of Books - 2014 Issues


January/February 2014

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  • Emboldened Actors on the World Stage
    The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970-2000
    By Jane Gerhard
    Reviewed by Elissa Auther

  • Jane Franklin Beats Through

    Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
    By Jill Lepore
    Reviewed by Martha Saxton

  • The Partners
    Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins
    By Julia M. Allen
    Reviewed by Bettina Aptheker

  • With Just a Little More Time...
    The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
    By Margalit Fox
    Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

  • Success and its Failures
    Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming Are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintince Rape Crisis
    By Jody Raphael
    Up Against a Wall: Rape Reform and the Failure of Success
    By Rose Corrigan
    Reviewed by Marianne Wesson

  • Women Power and Politics
    Women in the Club: Gender and Policy Making in the Senate
    By Michele L. Swers
    Women and Executive Office: Pathways and Performance
    Edited by Melody Rose
    Contagious Representation: Women's Political Representation in Democracies Around the World
    By Frank C. Thames and Margaret S. Williams
    Reviewed by Glenna Matthews

  • Photography
    Unembedding War Photography: An Interview with Kael Alford

  • A Complicated Life
    Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life
    By Dana Greene
    A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov
    By Donna Krolik Hollenberg
    Reviewed by Kate Daniels

  • Field Notes
    Conversations Recollected and Invented
    By Robin Becker

  • Poetry
    By Chana Bloch

  • Linked Stories of Love's Difficulties
    Horse People
    By Cary Holladay
    The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story
    By Joan Wickersham
    Reviewed by Mako Yoshikawa

  • The Real Camille
    The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis
    By Julie Kavanagh
    Reviewed by Carole DeSanti

  • The Reclusive Revolutionary
    One Day in December: Celia Sanchez and the Cuban Revolution
    By Nancy Stout
    Reviewed by Margaret Randall

  • Friends But Not Equals
    My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann
    Edited by Irene Goldman-Price
    Reviewed by Carol J. Singley

  • Streams and Undercurrents
    Groundswell: Grassroots Feminist Activism in Postwar America
    By Stephanie Gilmore
    Reviewed by Amy Kesselman


March/April 2014

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  • Incurable
    Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and The New Politics of Imprisonment
    By Jill A. McCorkel
    Reviewed by Susan Sered

  • Growing Up Right

    Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right
    By Claire Conner
    Reviewed by Kathleen Blee

  • Half Full or Half Empty
    Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Aging
    By Lynne Segal
    Reviewed by Alix Kates Shulman

  • Speaking Out and Carrying a Big Stick
    Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India
    By Amana Fontanella-Khan
    Reviewed by Smitha Radhakrishnan

  • People's Culture
    Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II
    By Farah Jasmine Griffin
    The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry
    By Keith Clark
    Reviewed by Cheryl Wall

  • Queer Theory and Critical History, Together at Last
    Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women's Experience of Modern War
    By Laura Doan
    Reviewed by Martha Vicinus

  • Curioser and Curiouser
    Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism
    By Hilary M. Schor
    Reviewed by Jan Clausen

  • Risk-Taking Poets
    In Broken Latin
    By Annette Spaulding-Convey
    By Patricia Kirkpatrick
    Exit Civilian
    By Idra Novey
    Grand & Arsenal
    By Kerri Webster
    Reviewed by Carol Bere

  • Good Reads
    A Gir Like You
    By Trish Crapo

  • Poetry
    By Charlotte Holmes

  • Cartoon
    By Becky Hawkins

  • Mother/Nature
    Claire of the Sea Light
    By Edwidge Danticat
    Reviewed by Tiphanie Yanique

  • The Militant, His Wife, and His Brother
    The Lowland
    By Jhumpa Lahiri
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • What is Left Out and What is Recorded
    Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom
    By Mimi Sheller
    Reviewed by A. Lynn Bolles

  • Permanence and Flux
    By Joan Silber
    Reviewed by Rachel Somerstein

  • The Whispers of Trees and Water, Moths and Mud
    Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History
    By Nancy C. Unger
    Kissed By a Fox and Other Stories of Friendship in Nature
    By Priscilla Stuckey
    The Forest House: A Year's Journey Into the Landscape of Love, Loss and Starting Over
    By Joelle Fraser
    Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands
    By Sara Loewen
    Reviewed by Gretchen Legler


May/June 2014

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  • Changing the Definition of Family
    Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States Since the Second World War
    By Daniel Winunwe Rivers
    Reviewed by Dana Rudolph

  • The Complexity of Life in Iran

    Kissing the Sword: A Prison Memoir
    By Shahrnush Parsipur
    The Book of Fate
    By Parinoush
    The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons
    By Goli Taraghi
    Reviewed by Amy Montlagh

  • "A Prostitution of Her Sex"
    Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America's First Women Lawyers
    By Jill Norgren
    Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter
    By Sally J. Kenney
    Reviewed by Sandra F. VanBurkleo

  • Sports Bras and Ponytails
    Qualifying Times: Points of Change in US Women's Sport
    By Jamie Schultz
    Reviewed by Susan Ware

  • People's Culture
    Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II
    By Farah Jasmine Griffin
    The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry
    By Keith Clark
    Reviewed by Cheryl Wall

  • The Future of Disability
    Feminist Queer Crip
    By Alison Kafer
    Reviewed by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

  • On the Way, But Not There Yet
    Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua
    By Cymene Howe
    Reviewed by Florence Babb

  • Late Marriage, Independent Women, and Democracy
    Household Politics: Conflict in Early Modern England
    By Don Herzog
    Reviewed by Mary S. Hartman

  • Going Home
    Ghana Must Go
    By Taiye Selasi
    We Need New Names
    By NoViolet Bulawayo
    Reviewed by Heather Hewett

  • Field Notes
    The Hard Work of Hope
    By Robin Becker

  • Poetries of Affirmation
    Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice
    By Daisy Fried
    Tiger Heron
    By Robin Becker
    Reviewed by Alicia Ostriker

  • Poetry
    By Barbara L. Greenberg

  • Opening the Red Gate
    Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton
    By Grant Hayter-Menzies
    Reviewed by Debra Cash

  • Families and "Alienists"
    Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in England
    By Sarah Wise
    Reviewed by Gayle Davis

  • From Stalin's Elite to the Gulag
    Agnessa: From Paradise to Purgatory: A Voice From Stalin’s Russia
    By Agnessa Ivanovna Mironova-Koroli
    Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

  • Autobiografiction
    The Art of Joy
    By Goliarda Sapienza
    Reviewed by Rosalind Delmar


July/August 2014

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  • An African American Prima Donna
    American Cocktail: A "Colored Girl" in the World
    By Anita Reynolds, with Howard Miller, Edited by George Hutchinson
    Reviewed by Marilyn Richardson

  • The Gendered Politics of Seriousness

    Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises As if Women Mattered
    By Cynthia Enloe
    Reviewed by Charlotte Bunch

  • A Medical Sea-Change
    Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine
    By Naomi Rogers
    Reviewed by Patricia Kullberg

  • Genital Mutilation, Western Style
    Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine
    By Ellen K. Feder
    Reviewed by Catherine Clune-Taylor

  • Leaders, Not Ladies
    He Runs, She Runs: Why Gender Stereotypes Do Not Harm Women Candidates
    By Deborah Jordan Brooks
    More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures
    By Susan J. Carroll and Kira Sanbonmatsu
    Reviewed by Joanna Weiss

  • Racializing Beauty
    Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South
    By Blain Roberts
    Reviewed by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

  • Volunteering for Blackness
    Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance
    By Carla Kaplan
    Reviewed by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

  • Cartoon
    By Jennifer Crute

  • The Golden Age
    Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics
    By Mike Madrid
    Reviewed by Joan Hilty

  • Good Reads
    Inevitable Conclusions
    By Trish Crapo

  • From in-Law to Outlaw
    Later Poems: Selected and New, 1971-2012
    By Adrienne Rich
    Reviewed by Florence Howe

  • Poetry
    By Maria Terrone

  • I Am His Other
    Know the Night: a Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours
    By Maria Mutch
    Reviewed by Kelly Davio

  • Subterfuges, Survivals, and Liberation
    The Infamous Rasalie (Rosalie l'Infame)
    By Evelyne Trouillot, Translated by M.A. Salvadon
    Reviewed by Danielle Legros Georges

  • Fixated on Men, but Saved by Women
    Clever Girl
    By Tessa Hadley
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • The Poet and Her Mother
    Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore
    By Linda Leavell
    Reviewed by Robin G. Schulze


September/October 2014

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  • How the Battle of Memory Was Won
    The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898
    By Lisa Tetrault
    Reviewed by Bonnie J. Dow

  • Waitressing in the Sky

    The Jet Sex: Airline Stewardesses and the Making of an American Icon
    By Victoria Vantoch
    Reviewed by Priscilla Murolo

  • Becoming Raced and Classed
    Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing the Borders of Region
    By Wanda A. Hendricks
    Reviewed by Corinne T. Field

  • Not Known Persons
    Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture
    By Gaiutra Bahadur
    Reviewed by Indira Karamcheti

  • The Noble Terrorist
    The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution
    By Lynne Ann Hartnett
    Reviewed by Lisa A. Kirschenbaum

  • The Daughters' Stories
    My Mother's Funeral
    By Adriana Paramo
    My Mother's Wars
    By Lillian Faderman
    Nothing Holds Back the Night
    By Delphine de Vigan
    You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)
    By Eleni Sikelianos
    Reviewed by Carol Sternhell

  • Photography
    Mary Ellen Mark's Long-Term Relationships
    Photography by Mary Ellen Mark and Commentary by Ellen Feldman

  • Communities of Artistic Women
    In Her Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States
    By Jennifer Kelly
    Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present
    By Cecelia Hopkins Porter
    Reviewed by Kate Doyle

  • Field Notes
    Hurtling Ahead
    By Robin Becker

  • Post-Soviet Poetry
    Paul Klee's Boat
    By Anzhelina Polonskaya
    Relocations: 3 Contemporary Russian Women Poets
    Edited by Catherine Ciepiela
    Reviewed by Kelly Cherry

  • Poetry
    By Suzanne Gardinier

  • "What do we see? What do we not see?"
    So How's the Family? and Other Essays
    By Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Reviewed by E.J. Graff

  • Doing the Dirty Work
    Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age
    Edited by Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Anna Romina Guevara, Maura Toro-Morn, and Grace Chang
    Reviewed by Gwendolyn Beetham

  • Black and Native Women: Not Quite Sisters
    Trail Sisters: Freedwomen in Indian Territory, 1850-1890
    By Linda Williams Reese
    Reviewed by Patricia Penn Hilden

  • The Dynamic Dyad
    Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome
    By Sarah S. Richardson
    Reviewed by Monica J. Casper

  • The Banshee's Wail
    The Banshees: A Literary History of Irish American Women Writers
    By Sally Barr Ebest
    Reviewed by Mary O'Donoghue


November/December 2014

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  • The Fire Will Not Consume Us
    Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger
    By Kelly Cogswell
    Reviewed by Carmen Maria Machado

  • Global Family Making

    Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America
    By Catherine Ceniza Choy
    Reviewed by Miliann Kang

  • The Glass Cliff
    The New Soft War on Women
    By Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett
    What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know<br " />By Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey
    Reviewed by Helaine Olen

  • Specifically Universal
    Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
    By Roz Chast
    Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

  • Citizenship and Sexual Coercion
    Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
    By Estelle B. Freedman
    Reviewed by Danielle L. McGuire

  • Virgin Mary, Become a Feminist!
    Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
    By Masha Gessen
    Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

  • Women's Complicity
    Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
    By Wendy Lower
    Reviewed by Elizabeth Heineman

  • Cartoon
    By Amy Martin

  • Good Reads
    Moments of Crisis
    By Trish Crapo

  • Who Am I?
    Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag
    By A.K. Summers
    Reviewed by Samantha Meler

  • Middlemarch and Me
    My Life in Middlemarch
    By Rebecca Mead
    Reviewed by Martha Gies

  • Poetry
    By Catherine Freeling

  • Art and Activism
    How It Feels to Be Free:
    Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement
    By Ruth Feldstein
    Reviewed by Salamishah Tillet

  • Ambitious Assemblages
    Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe
    By Matthew Pratt Guterl 
    Reviewed by Florence Ladd

  • The Value of History
    Citizenship and the Origins of Women’s History in the United States
    By Teresa Anne Murphy
    Reviewed by Eileen Ka-May Cheng

  • Beyond Rescue
    Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States
    By Denise Brennan
    Reviewed by Melissa Hope Ditmore


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