Women's Review of Books - 2015 Issues

 

January/February 2015

 
  • Science, Religion, and Politics
    From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America
    By Kimberly A. Hamlin
    Reviewed by Emily R. Grosholz

  • Of Binoculars and Birdhats, Treaties and Toxicology
    Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment and Ethics in American Women’s Environmental Writing, 1781-1924
    By Karen L. Kilcup

    Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment

    By Brian Musil
    Reviewed by Shaeleen A. Meaney


  • Capital Matters... But So Does Gender
    Capital in the Twenty-First Century
    By Thomas Piketty, Translated by Arthur Goldhammer
    Reviewed by Kate Bahn

  • Those Society Has Abandoned
    From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and Their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System By David Tobis; To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
    By Cris Beam
    Reviewed by Ruth Sidel

  • Keeping The Mission Alive
    Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision
    By Samantha Majic
    Reviewed by Marianna Wesson

  • Art and Politics
    The Other Black List: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s
    By Mary Helen Washington
    Reviewed by Dayo Gore

  • Photography
    The Meeting of Art and Technology: The Polaroid Collections
    By Ellen Feldman

  • The Radical and The Moderate
    Anna Howard Shaw: The Work of Woman Suffrage By Trisha Franzen; Alice Paul: Claiming Power
    By J.D. Zahniser and Amelia R. Fry
    Reviewed by Louise W. Knight

  • Field Notes
    In Memoriam: Maxine Kumin (1925-2014)
    By Robin Becker

  • Competition and Symbiosis
    Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals That Go Unseen Among Us
    By Sharon Muir
    Reviewed by Marianna DeKoven

  • Poetry
    By Irene Willis

  • A Lot More To Say
    The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure
    Edited by Tristan Taormino, Celine Parrenas Shimizu, Constance Penley, Mireille Miller-Young
    Reviewed by Wendy Chapkis

  • The Chaos and Quiet of Karen Green 
    Bough Down
    By Karen Green
    Reviewed by Ana Isabel Keilson

  • A Black-And-White Photograph 
    Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
    By Francine Prose 
    Reviewed by Marcie Blanco

  • The History of Western Art
    The Blazing World
    By Siri Hustvedt
    Reviewed by Cassandra Langer

  • Lost Property
    Things I Don’t Want To Know: On Writing By Deborah Levy; Black Vodka: Ten Stories
    By Deborah Levy 

    Reviewed by Elaine Margolin

March/April 2015

  • Trapped in the Self
    Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks
    By Jordynn Jack
    Reviewed by Ellen Herman

  • Cross with the Church
    Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church
    By Patricia Miller
    Reviewed by Mary E. Hunt

  • Exclusion and Unexpectation
    Girls Coming to Tech!: A History of American Engineering Education for Women
    By Amy Sue Bix
    Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980
    By Laura Micheletti Puaca
    Reviewed by Nina E. Lerman

  • Hard Work and Overalls
    Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America By Miriam Frank; Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers
    By Anne Balay
    Reviewed by Bettina Aptheker

  • Sexual Revolutionaries
    The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
    By Jonathan Eig
    Reviewed by Wendy Kline

  • Rebellion and Survival
    Holocaust Mothers and Daughters: Family, History, and Trauma
    By Federica K. Clementi
    Reviewed by Evelyn Torton Beck

  • Poetry
    By Marion Brown

  • Good Reads
    A Stranger Comes to Town
    By Trish Crapo

  • Carrying Across
    Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz: Selected Works
    Translated by Edith Grossman
    Reviewed by Amanda Powell

  • Cartoon
    By Kelly Froh

  • Families in Motion, Fueled by Faith
    More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments
    By Megan Hustad
    The Last Days of California
    By Mary Miller
    Reviewed by Joy Castro

  • Parallel Lives
    The Four Words For Home
    By Angie Chuang
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • I Want My Face to be Very Mad
    Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture
    By Sarah Projansky
    Reviewed by Elline Lipkin

  • A Tragic Mess
    The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, The Power Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities
    By William D. Cohan
    Reviewed by Laura Pappano

  • I Am Because We Are
    Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change
    By AnaLouise Keating
    Reviewed by Xiumei Pu

  • Sleeping on the Same Pillow
    Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early AmericaBy Rachel Hope Cleves
    Reviewed by Marla R. Miller

May/June 2015

  • Making a Spectacle of Herself
    Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman
    By Joan Rothfuss
    Reviewed by Debra Cash

  • The Strongest and Wisest Amazon
    The Secret History of Wonder Woman By Jill Lepore; Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 By Noah Berlatsky
    By Patricia Miller
    Reviewed by Joan Hilty

  • Fashion Victims
    Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco
    By Clare Sears
    Reviewed by Lillian Faderman

  • Offending Women
    Can’t Catch a Break: Gender, Jail, Drugs, and the Limits of Personal Responsibility By Susan Starr Sered and Maureen Norton-Hawk; Mean Lives, Mean Laws: Oklahoma’s Women Prisoners By Susan F. Sharp
    Reviewed by Rickie Solinger

  • Public Women
    The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions
    By Christopher F. Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg
    Reviewed by Glenna Matthews

  • No Tolerance for Easy Answers
    The Essential Ellen Willis
    Edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz
    Reviewed by Astrid Henry

  • The Complexity of Success
    Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth Century America 
    By Robyn Muncy 
    Reviewed by Alice Kessler-Harris

  • How the Little House Was Won
    Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography 
    Edited by Pamela Smith Hill 
    Reviewed by Holly Blackford

  • Poetry
    By Beth Enson

  • Field Notes
    Euphoric Stew
    By Robin Becker

  • Labor in Both Senses of the Word
    Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India
    By Amrita Pande
    The Last Days of California
    By Mary Miller 
    Reviewed by Rajani Bhatia

  • All in Her Head
    Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health
    By Joanna Kempner
    Reviewed by Paula Kamen

  • "Disarm! Disarm!"
    Modern Motherhood: An American History
    By Jodi Vandenberg-Daves
    Reviewed by Alicia Ostriker

  • Essay
    Changing Women's Lives Through Literature
    By Jean Trounstine

  • A Same-Sex Murder Ballad
    Alice & Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis
    By Alexis Coe, illustrations by Sally Klann
    Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

  • Things Underneath
    How to Be Both
    By Ali Smith
    Reviewed by Rebecca Meacham

July/August 2015

 

  • A Positive Social Good
    Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
    By Katha Pollitt
    Reviewed by Marlene Fried

  • Ten Fingers and Ten Toes
    Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race By Ellen Samuels
    Reviewed by Lauri Umansky

  • Complicating the story of women in the Nation of Islam
    A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women: African American Muslim Women in the Movement for Black Self-Determination, 1950-1975
    By Bayyinah S. Jeffries; Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam
    By Dawn-Marie Gibson and Jamillah Karim
    Reviewed by Juliane Hammer

  • Transported Women
    Harlots, Hussies and Poor Unfortunate Women: Crime, Transportation, and the Servitude of Female Convicts, 1718-1783
    By Edith M. Ziegler
    Reviewed by Rona L. Holub

  • Indigenous Rights And Women’S Rights Together
    Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories
    By Hilary Klein Reviewed by Lynn Stephen

  • Cartoon By Cara Bean

  • Good Reads ESPIONAGE AND INTRIGUE
    By Trish Crapo

  • Poetry By Jessica Greenbaum

  • Love As Fierce As Death
    A Stranger’s Mirror: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2013 By Marilyn Hacker;
    Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2015
    By Chana Bloch
    Reviewed by Alicia Ostriker

  • Failure To Communicate
    Pan American Women: US Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico
    By Megan Threlkeld
    Reviewed by Catia Cecilia Confortini

  • Splitters, Knitters, And Quitters
    School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom
    By Catherine Connell
    Reviewed by Pam Chamberlain

  • Her Own Chair
    Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words
    Edited by Malka Marom
    Reviewed by Joanna Weiss

  • Staying Home Or Leaving It
    Russian Tattoo
    By Elena Gorokhova;
    Waiting for Electricity
    By Christina Nichol
    Reviewed by Marta Bladek

  • Unencumbered
    Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation
    By Trimiko Melancon
    Reviewed by Rachel Afi Quinn

  • Black Women Reporters On The White House Beat
    Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press
    Edited by Carol McCabe Booker;
    Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
    By James McGrath Morris; The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America
    By April Ryan
    Reviewed by A. J. Verdelle

September/October 2015

  • Thirty Ounces of Death in a Feathered Jacket
    H Is for Hawk
    By Helen Macdonald
    Reviewed by Mary Zeiss Stange

  • No Empire Without Collaborators
    Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies From Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves By Peipei Qiu with Su Zhiliang and Chen Lifei
    Reviewed by Lihua Wang

  • Putin Performs Masculinity
    Sex, Politics, & Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia By Valerie Sperling
    Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

  • Protected and Policed
    Regulating Desire: From the Virtuous Maiden to the Purity Princess By J. Shoshanna Ehrlich
    Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI By Jessica R. Pliley
    Reviewed by Anne Gray Fischer

  • Uncaring Health Care
    Reproductive Justice: The Politics of Health Care for Native American Women By Barbara Gurr
    Reviewed by Andrea Smith

  • Not A Feminist But
    Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent By Susan C. Seymour
    Reviewed by Lois Banner

  • Poetry
    By Amy Dyansky

  • Photography
    Beyond Stereotype
    Photography by Anne Rearick and Commentary by Ellen Feldman

  • Field Notes
    Recollecting in Tranquility By Robin Becker

  • A Nation Founded On Genocide
    An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    Reviewed by Brook Colley

  • Serious Daring
    Dollhouse By Elaine Terranova
    Blue Hanuman By Joan Larkin
    Otherwise UnseeableBy Betsy Sholl
    Reviewed by Charlotte Holmes

  • A Boy On the Run
    Little Bastards in Springtime By Katja Rudolph
    Reviewed by Kelly Cherry

  • NGOs: Soft Power Turning the Gears
    Theorizing NGOs: States, Feminisms, and Neoliberalism Edited by Victoria Bernal and Inderpal Grewal
    Reviewed by Miranda Joseph

  • Finding Her Life Path
    Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro By Sarah H. Jacoby
    Reviewed by Serinity Young

  • Colonialist Dreams of Lesbianism
    The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830 By Susan S. Lanser
    Reviewed by Lisa L. Moore

  • Pleasure and Performance
    A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography By Mireille Miller-Young
    The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography By Jennifer C. Nash
    Reviewed by Svati P. Shah

November/Docember 2015

  • A Family Recipe
    Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs By Sally Mann
    Reviewed by Trish Crapo

  • Becoming Children
    South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration By Marcia Chatelain
    Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans By LaKisha Michelle Simmons
    Reviewed by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

  • An Activist in Her Own Right
    Eleanor Marx: A Life By Rachel Holmes
    Reviewed by Linda Gordon

  • Poetry
    By Alice Friman

  • Add These to Your Queue
    Women’s Cinema, World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms By Patricia White
    Reviewed by Erin Trahan

  • Color Politics Remix
    God Help the Child By Toni Morrison
    Reviewed by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

  • Cartoon
    Timebomb, or How I Discovered Sybil Lamb, My New Fave Queer Woman Author & ArtistBy Cristy C. Road

  • The Unrecoverable Recovered
    The Match Girl and the Heiress By Seth Koven
    Reviewed by Lisa Rodensky

  • Good Reads
    Outrunning Sadness By Trish Crapo

  • Imagining Alternative Worlds
    Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture By Adrienne Shaw
    Reviewed by Carmen Maria Machado

  • Should a Feminist Dance Tango?
    Dancing Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World By Kathy Davis
    The Gods of Tango By Carolina De Robertis
    Reviewed by Debra Cash

  • The Politics of Hair
    Plucked: A History of Hair Removal By Rebecca M. Herzig
    Reviewed by Rachel Somerstein

  • Vigorous Minds
    Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley By Charlotte Gordon
    Reviewed by Gina Luria Walker

  • Nothing Is Wasted
    Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life By Hermione Lee
    Reviewed by Ana Isabel Keilson


Women's Review of Books issues are now available for purchase as digital downloads!

 

The Women's Review of Books receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

MCC

Women's Review of Books

Untitled Document

Women=Books Blog

 
WRB Jan 2017 genders
WRB Nov2016_Jan2017
Sara Ahmed Womens Review of Books Duke University Press