Women's Review of Books - 2017 Issues


January/February 2017

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Gender, Race, and Generations: A Roundtable Discussion 

Roundtable Reading List

Essay Getting in Formation
Story in the Service of Social Justice
No Throwaway Children By Angela Ards

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
By Monique W. Morris
Reviewed by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

Surveillance VS Care Holding On: African American Women Surviving HIV/AIDS
By Alyson O’Daniel Reviewed by Jennifer Brier

Race and Sex at the UN Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism Inside the United Nations
By Sylvanna M. Falcón Review by Catia C. Confortini

Weaving Stories LaRose By Louise Erdrich
Reviewed by Trish Crapo

Comic Strip the Writers’ Jubilee By Ajuan Mance

Seek Justice Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment and the Struggle for Identity By Lora Bex Lempert
Reviewed by Andrea Grimes

The Inward Journey Voyage of the Sable Venus And Other Poems By Robin Coste Lewis
Reviewed by Kate Daniels

Computing While Black Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped to Win the Space Race By Margot Lee Shetterly
Reviewed by Evelynn M. Hammonds

Growing Up Biracial Black Lotus: A Woman’s Search for Racial Identity By Sil Lai Abrams
Reviewed by Layli Maparyan

Baby and Child Care Know the Mother By Desiree Cooper; Eleven Hours By Pamela Erens
Reviewed by Rochelle Spencer

The House of Difference
Audre Lorde’s Transnational Legacies Edited by Stella Bolaki and Sabine Broeck
The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde By Gloria I. Joseph
Reviewed by Jan Clausen

What Are You Wearing?
Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking By Anne Elizabeth Moore and the Ladydrawers
Reviewed by Wendy Gamber

Trouser Roles
Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema By Laura Horak
Reviewed by Erin Trahan

Stories Matter
Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi; Under the Udala Trees By Chinelo Okparanta; The Book of Memory By Petina Gappah
Reviewed by Heather Hewett

Bringing the President to the People and the People to the President
A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America’s Culture Wars By Doreen Mattingly
Reviewed by Ruth Rosen

Poetry
By Jan Freeman

Photography

Born in Chiapas By Janet Jarman

Putting a Ring on it
Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality: How African Americans and Gays Mistakenly Thought the Right to Marry Would Set Them Free By Katherine Franke
Reviewed by Amber Moulton

Field Notes

In Memoriam, 2016 By Robin Becker

The Heisenberg of Feminism
The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary
Reviewed by Paula Rabinowitz

Testing the Human Spirit
Forty Rooms By Olga Grushin
Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

The Less-Than-Scientific Science
Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict By Heather Boushey
Reviewed by Kate Bahn

House Love and Human Love
A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations By Juliet Nicolson
Reviewed by Roberta Rubenstein

Reproductive Rights, Human Rights
Reproductive States: Global Perspectives on the Invention and Implementation of Population Policy

Edited by Rickie Solinger and Mie Nakachi
Reviewed by Mindy Jane Roseman

This Place Needs a New Language
The Bones of Grace By Tahmima Anam
Reviewed by Mandira Sen


March/April 2017

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Gender, Race, and Generations: A Roundtable Discussion 

Roundtable Reading List

Essay Getting in Formation
Story in the Service of Social Justice
No Throwaway Children By Angela Ards

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
By Monique W. Morris
Reviewed by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

Surveillance VS Care Holding On: African American Women Surviving HIV/AIDS
By Alyson O’Daniel Reviewed by Jennifer Brier

Race and Sex at the UN Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism Inside the United Nations
By Sylvanna M. Falcón Review by Catia C. Confortini

Weaving Stories LaRose By Louise Erdrich
Reviewed by Trish Crapo

Comic Strip the Writers’ Jubilee By Ajuan Mance

Seek Justice Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment and the Struggle for Identity By Lora Bex Lempert
Reviewed by Andrea Grimes

The Inward Journey Voyage of the Sable Venus And Other Poems By Robin Coste Lewis
Reviewed by Kate Daniels

Computing While Black Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped to Win the Space Race By Margot Lee Shetterly
Reviewed by Evelynn M. Hammonds

Growing Up Biracial Black Lotus: A Woman’s Search for Racial Identity By Sil Lai Abrams
Reviewed by Layli Maparyan

Baby and Child Care Know the Mother By Desiree Cooper; Eleven Hours By Pamela Erens
Reviewed by Rochelle Spencer

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May/June 2017

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Unbought, Unbossed, and Unelected The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women's Quest for the American Presidency
By Ellen Fitzpatrick Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz

No Hiding Place Feminist Surveillance Studies
Edited by Rachel E. Dubrofsky and Shoshana Amielle Magnet Reviewed by Cindy Cohn and Christine Bannan

The Lexicon of Labor From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines
Edited by Joyce Dyer, Jennifer Cognard-Black, and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls Reviewed by Christine Byl

Purity Vs. Virtue Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth- Century America
By April R. Haynes Reviewed by Rachel Hope Cleves

Doing it Takes a Village Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality
By Sarah Barmak; I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris By Elizabeth Hall Reviewed by Gina Ogden

State Violence Against Black Women No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity
By Sarah Haley Reviewed by Jill A. McCorkel

Photography Becoming Bella
By Lauren Smiley Photos by Preston Gannaway

Writer, Housewife, Witch Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
By Ruth Franklin Reviewed by Roberta Rubenstein

Good Reads Difficult Choices
By Trish Crapo

The Lesbian Hero’s Journey Romaine Brooks: A Life
By Cassandra Langer Reviewed by Abe Louise Young

Beckoning with Dream Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack
By Mary Cappello Reviewed by Charlotte Holmes

Poetry By Virginia Gilbert

Home to Oneself The Little Red Chairs
By Edna O’Brien Reviewed by Valerie Miner

Dilemmas of Infertility The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood
By Belle Boggs; Avalanche: A Love Story By Julia Leigh Reviewed by Ashley Nelson

Figuring Out Gender Balance What Works: Gender Equality by Design
By Iris Bohnet Reviewed by Anne Michaud

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sex Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns By Valerie Traub Reviewed by Carla Freccero

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July/August 2017

 

The Infinite ER  Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady By Susan Quinn; Loving Eleanor: The Intimate Friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok By Susan Wittig Albert
Reviewed by Blanche Wiesen Cook

A Friendship with National Implications The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice By Patricia Bell-Scott
Reviewed by Dayo F. Gore

Admired and Beloved, Scorned and Reviled Eleanor Roosevelt: World War II and Beyond, 1939-1962 By Blanche Wiesen Cook
Reviewed by Brigid O’Farrell

Intra-Intersectionality The Crunk Feminist Collection
Edited by Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robin M. Boylorn
Reviewed by Erin Aubry Kaplan

Architect Barbie Where are the Women Architects? By Despina Stratigakos
Reviewed by Kathryn H. Anthony

Ms. MacDonald Had a Farm The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture
By Carolyn E. Sachs, Mary E. Barbercheck, Kathryn J. Brasier, Nancy Ellen Kiernan, and Anna Rachel Terman
Reviewed by Grey Osterud

Independent Women in the Economy of God A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Reviewed by Claudia Bushman

Field Notes Dreaming Switzerland By Robin Becker

Poetry
By Priscilla Long

Comic Strip
By Katie Fricas

Repairing the Mind-Body Split This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture By Fay Bound Alberti
Reviewed by Susan Zimmerman

The Territory of Human Disappointment Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist By Anne Boyd Rioux; Miss Grief and Other Stories By Constance Fenimore Woolson, edited by Anne Boyd Rioux
Reviewed by Linda Simon

Marital Rifts Three Ways Over the Plain Houses By Julia Franks;
Natural Wonders By Angela Woodward; Problems By Jade Sharma
Reviewed by Anca L. Szilágyi

September/October 2017

 

Determinedly Optimistic Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene By Donna J. Haraway
Reviewed by Kelly Alexander

Women’s Movements Without Feminism Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening By Ellen Anne McLarney; Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt
By Mariz Tadros Reviewed by Marilyn Booth

The Woman Who Broke the Comedy Club Cellar Ceiling Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers By Leslie Bennetts
Reviewed by Kate Clinton

Not Quite Gone The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture By Bonnie J. Morris
Reviewed by Jen Manion

The Persona That Became a Reality Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier By Joanne Passet
Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

Coerced “Choice” China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy By Kay Ann Johnson
Reviewed by Lihua Wang

Good Reads Those Who Wait Outside the Door By Trish Crapo

Courage and Fierce Love The Complete Works of Pat Parker Edited by Julie R. Enszer
Reviewed by Kate Rushin

Failure to Launch Swing Time By Zadie Smith
Reviewed by Natania Rosenfeld

Poetry By Jennifer Markell

The Journey into the Unknown The Dark Flood Rises By Margaret Drabble
Reviewed By Valerie Miner

Does the Sex Offender Exist? Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent By Joseph J. Fischel
Reviewed by Sara Matthiesen

Masked Avengers Un/Masked: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour By Donna Kaz, aka Aphra Behn
Reviewed by Debra Cash

Building up and Knocking Down Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear … and Why By Sady Doyle
Reviewed by Erin Matson

The Glacial Pace of Change Equality on Trial: Gender Rights in the Modern American Workplace By Katherine Turk; Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work By Gillian Thomas
Reviewed by Karen Pastorello

Transitioning and Transitioning In the Darkroom By Susan Faludi
Reviewed by Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

November/December 2017

The Theater of Paternalism Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves By Marie Jenkins Schwartz
Reviewed by Martha Saxton

“Coeds” Come to the Ivy League “Keep The Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation By Nancy Weiss Malkiel
Reviewed by Susan McGee Bailey

Retrieving the History of the Gay & Lesbian Left Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left By Emily K. Hobson
Reviewed by Margaret Cerullo

Their Own Wars The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II By Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Reviewed by Beth Holmgren

The Most Important Event Nobody Knows About Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics By Marjorie J. Spruill
Reviewed by Ruth Rosen

Neither Fish, nor Peacocks, nor Elephant Seals Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science and Society
By Cordelia Fine
Reviewed by J. Goodrich

Women2drive Daring to Drive : A Saudi Woman’s Awakening By Manal al-Sharif
Reviewed by Persis Karim

Field Notes Artists Together
By Robin Becker

Poetry By Mary Meriam

The Genius Octavia Butler Octavia E. Butler By Gerry Canavan
Reviewed by Nisi Shawl

I am a Writer. Am I a Writer? The Invention of Angela Carter By Edmund Gordon
Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

Is Law the Solution or the Problem? Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court Edited by Kathryn M. Stanchi, Linda L. Berger, and Bridget J. Crawford
Reviewed by Sandra F. VanBurkleo

Healing History Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 By MK Czerwiec
Reviewed by Ajuan Mance

Is Transformation Possible? Abandon Me: Memoirs By Melissa Febos; Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life By Yiyun Li
Reviewed by Rebecca Hussey

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