Women's Review of Books - 2016 Issues

January/February 2016

    Building Radical Bridges
    Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical By Sherie M. Randolph
    Reviewed by Benita Roth

    The Woman You've Never Heard of Who's The Reason You Practice Yoga
    The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West By Michelle Goldberg
    Reviewed by Heather Hewett

    The Mess They Leave Behind
    Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham By Emily Bingham
    Reviewed by Carla Kaplan

    Puerto Rican, New Yorker, Latina
    Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon By Vanessa Pérez Rosario
    Reviewed by Lorgia García Peña

    Lost and Found
    M Train By Patti Smith
    Reviewed by Lisa L. Moore

    Becoming One of Them
    The Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman’s Life By Ann Burack-Weiss
    Reviewed by Ruth Ray Karpen

    Are Scientists Human?
    The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club By Eileen Pollack
    Reviewed by Allie Rubin

    Images of Transition
    Photography by Claudine Doury and Commentary by Marie-Christine Guyot
    Translated by Ellen Feldman. Click here for the Commentary in French.

    Disintegrations and Transformations
    Two Faint Lines in the Violet By Lissa Kiernan
    Bloom in Reverse By Teresa Leo
    Beauty Mark By Suzanne Cleary
    Reviewed by Judith Vollmer

    The Wolf Border By Sarah Hall
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

    Field Notes
    A Novel in Verse with the Strengths of Each By Robin Becker

    By Lauren K. Alleyne

    Spanning Class and Country
    The Story of My Teeth By Valeria Luiselli, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney
    Reviewed by Martha Gies

    Revealing Ourselves to Ourselves
    A House of My Own: Stories from My Life By Sandra Cisneros
    Reviewed by Miroslava Chávez-García

    Capacious Feminism
    Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism and American Politics 1965-1980 By Melissa Estes Blair
    Watching Women’s Liberation 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News By Bonnie Dow
    Reviewed by Amy Kesselman

    Keep It Real
    Falling in Love with Hominids By Nalo Hopkinson
    Reviewed by Rochelle Spencer

    The Age of Curie
    Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information By Eva Hemmungs Wirten
    Reviewed by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

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March/April 2016

    Women As Symbol and Reality
    Kabul Carnival: Gender Politics in Postwar Afghanistan By Julie Billaud
    Reviewed by Jennifer G. Mathers

    One in Two, Two in One
    The Story of the Lost Child By Elena Ferrante
    Reviewed by Lisa Mullenneaux

    "Moses Married a Colored Woman"
    The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts By Amber D. Moulton
    Reviewed by Sandra F. VanBurkleo

    Both Victims and Perpetrators
    Addicted. Pregnant. Poor. By Kelly Ray Knight
    Reviewed by Andrea Grimes

    In Reference To
    By Whit Taylor

    Good Reads
    Unconventional Characters
    By Trish Crapo

    By Jayne Benjullan
    Reviewed by Jennifer G. Mathers

    To the Reader in Chief
    Some of our favorite feminists recommend books for the next US president’s reading list
    By Alicia Ostriker, AnaLouise Keating, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Callie Crossley, Courtney E. Martin, Ellen Feldman, Jennifer Camper, Kate Clinton, Katie Grover, Layli Maparyan, Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, Marjorie Agosin, Martha Nichols, Moya Bailey, Robin Becker, and Rochelle Ruthchild
    Illustrations by Jennifer Camper

    Stepford Wives and Sexbots
    My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves By Julie Wosk
    Reviewed by Madeleine Monson-Rosen

    Singing for the Revolution
    A Radical Life in Song: A Memoir By Ronnie Gilbert
    Reviewed by Alix Dobkin

    New Chinese Poetry
    Something Crosses My Mind By Wang Xiaoni, translated by Eleanor Goodman
    Salsa By Hsia Yü, translated by Steve Bradbury
    Reviewed by Marthine Satris

    The Politics of Forgetting - And Remembering
    Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women Edited by Mia Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage
    Reviewed by Kellie Carter Jackson

    The History of Violence
    The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America By Sarah Deer
    Reviewed by Jody Raphael

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May/June 2016

    Gifts from the Goddess of Jurisprudence
    Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World By Linda Hirshman
    Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Reviewed by Ruthann Robson


    Radical Mamas
    Mamas of Dada: Women of the European Avant-GardeBy Paula K. Kamenish
    Reviewed by Irene Gammel

    Achievement. Invulnerability. Comportment
    Negroland By Margo Jefferson; Oreo By Fran Ross
    Reviewed by Marilyn Richardson

    The Interminable Abortion Wars
    Abortion After Roe By Johanna Schoen;
    After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion DebateBy Mary Ziegler
    Reviewed by Rickie Solinger

    Attention Must Be Paid
    On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy
    By Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black; System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation
    By Lauren J. Silver
    Reviewed by Ruth Sidel

    Mental Illness Then And Now
    White Matter: A Memoir of Family and Medicine
    By Janet Sternburg; The Last Asylum: A History of Madness in Our Times
    By Barbara Taylor
    Reviewed by Katherine Hayes

    Photography Photos Like Jazz: Twenty-First Century Street Photography
    By Ellen Feldman

    Possessed By Demons
    The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A Medieval Woman Between Demons and Saints
    By Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
    Reviewed by Christina Stern

    Claiming An Identity
    The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
    By Lillian Faderman
    Reviewed by Audrey Bilger

    By Dina Coe

    Field Notes Across The Generations
    By Robin Becker

    Searching For Home
    Fanny Says By Nickole Brown; My Crooked House By Teresa Carson; The Republics
    By Nathalie Handal
    Reviewed by Carol Bere

    Delayed, But Not Forgotten
    In Certain Circles
    By Elizabeth Harrower
    Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

    Complacency Or Peril
    The Complete Stories
    By Clarice Lispector, translated by Katrina Dobson, edited by Benjamin Moser
    Reviewed by Marguerite Itamar Harrison

    Plan A And Plan B
    Love’s Promises: How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families
    By Martha Ertman
    Reviewed by Dana Rudolph

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    July/August 2016

      From Scandal to Recovery
      Lady Byron and Her Daughters By Julia Markus
      Reviewed by Pamela S. Bromberg

      Dressing for the Culture Wars: Style and the Politics of Self-Presentation in the 1960s and 1970s By Betty Luther Hillman
      Reviewed by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

      Feminism and Terrorism
      Death in the Shape of a Young Girl: Women's Political Violence in the Red Army Faction By Patricia Melzer;
      After the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture, and Militancy By Charity Scribner
      Reviewed by Elizabeth Heineman

      An Avant-Garde Life
      Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller By Chloé Griffin
      Reviewed by An Paenhuysen

      The Cult of Forbidden Thoughts
      The Big Green Tent By Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon Reviewed
      by Beth Holmgren

      Racism, Sexism, and Nursing
      Nursing Civil Rights: Gender and Race in the Army Nurse Corps By Charissa J. Threat
      Reviewed by Jane E. Schultz

      The Speech of the Dispossessed
      Women in Dark Times By Jacqueline Rose
      Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

      Good Reads Unraveling By Trish Crapo

      Poetry By Angela Consolo Mankiewicz

      Cartoon By A.K. Summers

      Women in Print
      The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability By Kristen Hogan
      Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

      A Rediscovered Poet for our Time
      Anything that Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet By Terese Svoboda
      Reviewed by Margaret Randall

      Constructing Identity up Against a Wall
      Bitter Almonds By Lilas Taha;
      The Blue Between Sky and Water By Susan Abulhawa;
      A Curious Land By Susan Darraj;
      Ali and His Russian Mother By Alexandra Chreiteh, translated by Michelle Hartman
      Reviewed by M. Lynx Qualey

      Conocimiento Lunar / Lunar Knowledge
      Light in the Dark / Luz en lo oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality By Gloria Anzald, edited by AnaLouise Keating
      Reviewed by Romana Radlwimmer

      Just the Facts
      Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science By Alice Dreger
      Reviewed by E.J. Graff

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    September/October 2016

      Unfun Feminism
      We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Covergirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement By Andi Zeisler
      Reviewed by Paula Kamen, Illustrations by Jennifer Camper

      A Spirit Leader
      Maya Angelou: Adventurous Spirit By Linda Wagner-Martin
      Reviewed by Farah Jasmine Griffin

      The Sidewalk Ballet
      Becoming Jane Jacobs by Peter L. Laurence
      Reviewed by Renée Loth

      Changing Women’s Minds
      This Book Is an Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics By Jaime Harker and Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Reviewed by Judith Kegan Gardiner

      Scar Tissue
      The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories, and the Bangladesh War of 1971 By Nayanika Mookerjee
      Reviewed by Ritu Menon

      Field Notes
      A Formal Feeling Comes By Robin Becker

      Embracing the Surreal By Brooke Burns, Photos By Maia Flore

      Philosophy and Action
      Senses of the Subject By Judith Butler;
      Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly By Judith Butler
      Reviewed by Michele M. Moody-Adams

      Poetry of the Borderland
      A Crown for Gumecindo By Laurie Ann Guerrero; Aguacamino/Waterpath By Rossy Evelin Lima; Blood, Sugar, Canto By ire’ne lara silva; The Ones Santa Anna Sold By Raquel Valle-Sentíes
      Reviewed by Norma E. Cantú

      Poetry By Mary Ann Donnelly

      Aging in the Twenty-First Century
      They May Not Mean To, But They Do By Cathleen Schine
      Reviewed by Valerie Miner

      The Hubbub of Life The Japanese Lover
      By Isabel Allende, translated by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson
      Reviewed by Eileen Mary O’Connor

      Putin Does Not Believe in Queers
      Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia By Francesca Stella
      Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

      Redemption or Salvation
      Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence By Sarah Moslener;
      Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism By Deborah Jian Lee
      Reviewed by Monique Moultrie

      Wait All
      The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent NationBy Rebecca Traister
      Reviewed by E. Kay Trimberger

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    November/December 2016

      "Muslimwomen," Journalists and scholars
      Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World By Katherine Zoepf
      Reviewed by Lila Abu-Lughod

      How do you Solve a Problem Like Svetlana?
      Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva By Rosemary Sullivan
      Reviewed by Lesley Rimmel

      When is a Girl not a Girl?
      Sex Testing: Gender Policing in Women’s Sports By Lindsay Parks Pieper
      Reviewed by Laura Pappano

      The Gentle Penitentiary
      Liberty’s Prisoners, Carceral Culture in Early America By Jen Manion
      Reviewed by Martha Saxton

      Women Conservatives
      Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right By Melissa Deckman
      Reviewed by Abby Scher

      The Dancer from the Dance
      The Naked Result: How Exotic Dance Became Big Business By Jessica Berson
      Reviewed Lauri Umansky

      The Difficulty of Solidarity
      Striking Beauties: Women Apparel Workers in the US South, 1930-2000 By Michelle Haberland
      Reviewed by Priscilla Murolo

      Cartoon By Tara Madison Avery

      Good Reads Bad Choices By Trish Crapo

      Chasing Ghosts: A Memoir of a Father, Gone to War By Louise DeSalvo; Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman’s Life By Sandra Scofield; The Latter Days: A Memoir By Judith Freeman
      Reviewed by Rebecca Hussey

      The Tragedy in the Breakfast Nook
      This Angel on My Chest: Stories By Leslie Pietrzyk The Grass Labyrinth: Stories By Charlotte Holmes
      Reviewed by Kelly Cherry

      Translation and Retranslation
      Good on Paper By Rachel Cantor Ways to Disappear By Idra Novey
      Reviewed by Michelle Bailat-Jones

      Poetry By Darla Himeles

      Construction work
      Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith Edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, with Barbara Smith
      Reviewed by A.J. Verdelle

      Kids Today
      Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape By Peggy Orenstein; American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers By Nancy Jo Sales
      Reviewed by Nancy Jainchill

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