Women's Review of Books - 2019 Issues

January/February 2019

Jennifer Baumgardner, Women's Review of Books editor in chief, gives a preview of what's in the current issue:



Detroit by the Numbers The World According to Fannie Davis By Bridgett M. Davis
Reviewed by Shirley Nwangwa

Unity of the Whole Why Religion? By Elaine Pagels
Reviewed by Sushumna Kannan

Never Surrender, Dorothy! The Entire Oeuvre of Dorothy, A Publishing Project
Reviewed By Stacey Lathrop

A Whole World of Mythology Swallowing Mercury By Wioletta Greg; Flights By Olga Tokarczuk
Reviewed by Beth Holmgren

Heart to Heart Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth By Sarah Smarsh
Reviewed by Carole DeSanti

Photography Documenting Activism Images by Ellen Shub and Commentary by Ellen Feldman

Production VS. Reproduction This Woman’s Work By Julie Delporte; Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos By Lucy Knisley
Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

White Tears White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism By Robin DiAngelo
Reviewed by Haley Riemer

A Fish Still Alive Everything Under By Daisy Johnson
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Tough Love To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice By Jessica Wilkerson
Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott

The Witness Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive By Stephanie Land
Reviewed by Carol Blair

Magic in the Wind She Would Be King By Wayétu Moore
Reviewed by Amy Watkin

Animal Shelter The Summer of Dead Birds By Ali Liebegott
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

To Serve a Genius Puro Amor By Sandra Cisneros
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Poetry by Vicki Reitenauer

Listen Up Requiem for a Movement
An essay by Lise Weil

March/April 2019

Jennifer Baumgardner, Women's Review of Books editor in chief, gives a preview of what's in the current issue:



Erotic Truth, Poetic License All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women Edited by Enid Shomer
Reviewed by Brook J. Sadler

Gaza Girl A Rebel in Gaza: Behind the Lines of the Arab Spring, One Woman’s Story By Asmaa al-Ghoul and Selim Nassib
Reviewed by Hagar Scher

Being Loud Without Saying Anything Liveblog By Megan Boyle
Reviewed by Laura Winnick

Q&A An Ear for Women: Interview with Megan Marshall
By Joanne B. Mulcahy

Out for Blood The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South By Chris Bobel
Reviewed by Karen Houppert

Interview Eavesdropping for a Better World: A Conversation with Mira Jacob
By Tahneer Oksman

Julie Doucet: Frazzled and Frenetic Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet By Julie Doucet
Reviewed by Julie Baumgardner

Bold Lives Matter The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation By Jodie Patterson
Reviewed by Heather Hewett

What’s New, Pussycat? Milkman: A Novel By Anna Burns
Reviewed by Katherine Ouellette

Poetry By Diana Woodcock and Irene Willis

Stupid, Evil, Queer Last Night in Nuuk By Niviaq Korneliussen
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Kathryn the Great Labrador By Kathryn Davis; The Silk Road By Kathryn Davis
Reviewed by Katharine Coldiron

Flight Brute By Emily Skaja
Reviewed by Emily Luan

La Hija Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir By Cherríe Moraga
Reviewed by Valerie Morales

Listen Up Was it Good for You?
An essay by Laurie Stone

May/June 2019



Unsettled Territory of Light By Yuko Tsushima
Reviewed by Domenica Ruta

The Serpent Under’t My Sister, the Serial Killer By Oyinkan Braithwaite
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Poster Girl With No Poster No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir By Ani DiFranco
Reviewed by Hannah Wallace

This Morning, the Cardinal The Accidentals By Minrose Gwin
Reviewed by Margaret Randall

Just a Number Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life By Louise Aronson
Reviewed by Karen Houppert

Stark Raving Mad Banshee By Rachel DeWoskin; Choke Box By Christina Milletti
Reviewed by Katharine Coldiron

A Little Life My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism By Nancy K. Miller
Reviewed by Valerie Miner

Revelations How I Tried to be a Good Person By Ulli Lust; Hot Comb By Ebony Flowers
Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

Pain Please Read This Leaflet Carefully By Karen Havelin
Reviewed by Kira von Eichel

Brain Trust What Not: A Prophetic Comedy By Rose Macaulay
Reviewed by Rachel Hill

Poetry By Vicki Reitenauer

Liberation from Stupidity How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide By Crystal M. Fleming
Reviewed by Anastasia Higginbotham

First Person Plural Bough Down By Karen Green; Frail Sister By Karen Green
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Armed Tentacle By Rita Indiana, Translated by Achy Obejas
Reviewed by Rachel Hill

My So-Called Dystopian Life The Farm By Joanne Ramos
Reviewed by Katherine Ouellette

Say My Name, Say My Name Oksana, Behave! By Maria Kuznetsova
Reviewed by Lorraine Berry

Listen Up Old Mom An essay by Sarah Dougher


July/August 2019




Defending Intersectionality ... Or Not Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality By Jennifer Nash; Undermining Intersectionality: The Perils of Powerblind Feminism By Barbara Tomlinson Reviewed by Chelsea Johnson

War Torn What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance By Carolyn Forché
Reviewed by Joann Gardner

Bee Best Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Z’s New Path to Success By Shalini Shankar
Reviewed by Carol Blair

Invisible Woman When I was White By Sarah Valentine
Reviewed by Kayla Bert

Questions and Answers Feelings: Q and A With Berenice Malka Fisher
By Kait Heacock

Feed Me Supper Club By Lara Williams Reviewed by Rachel Hill

Feature This Book Changed My Life
Compiled by Kayla Bert

Homesick The Yellow House By Sarah M. Broom
Reviewed by Bridgett M. Davis

Mosaic of Memory Everything Inside: Stories By Edwidge Danticat
Reviewed by Shirley Nwangwa

Poetry Music Class By Andrea Cohen Brujería By Diannely Antigua

Millenniality Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion By Jia Tolentino
Reviewed by Laura Winnick

Ms.Topia Native Tongue By Suzette Haden Elgin; The Women’s War By Jenna Glass
Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

Don’t Believe the Hype Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life By Jane Sherron De Hart
Reviewed by Linda Gordon

Are We There Yet? (No.) Three Women By Lisa Taddeo
Reviewed by Jessica Baumgardner

Feature Dead, Then Read By Laurie Stone

Listen Up The Hardest Word: Q and A With Eve Ensler
By Jennifer Baumgardner

September/October 2019




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Black Lives Mother Breathe: A Letter to My Sons By Imani Perry Reviewed by Bridgett M. Davis

Attention Whore The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls By Mona Eltahawy Reviewed by Rachel DeWoskin

A Bird in the Hand Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me By Adrienne Brodeur Reviewed by Cathi Hanauer

Dreams on the Rise The Promise By Silvina Ocampo; Forgotten Journey By Silvina Ocampo Reviewed by Ana Castillo

Voice Less Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives By Jane Brox; Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking By Susan Cain; Unspeakable: The Things We Cannot Say By Harriet Shawcross Reviewed by Linda Simon

To be Alive The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth By Ken Krimstein Reviewed by Judith Chelius Stark

Geek Equality Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry By Suzanne Scott Reviewed by Linnete Manrique

The Children’s Hour The Old Drift By Namwali Serpell Reviewed by Jessica Stilling

Poetry by Sharon Olds, Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Pen and Tell Her Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival Edited by Diane Noomin; Commute By Erin Williams Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

Tied, Bound On Division By Goldie Goldbloom Reviewed by Karen Houppert

Questions and Answers Home Turf Q and A with Samantha Allen By Kait Heacock

One Fragile Hull Toward Antarctica By Elizabeth Bradfield Reviewed by Christine Byl

No? Consent By Donna Freitas Reviewed by Kira von Eichel

A Love Letter, a Homecoming, a History Ordinary Girls By Jaquira Díaz Reviewed by Larissa Melo Pienkowski

The Gathering New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent Edited by Margaret Busby Reviewed by Mariam I. Williams

Master Mind I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying By Bassey Ikpi Reviewed by Heather Hewett

Listen Up Siempre con las Pibas By Noelle McManus

November/December 2019


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I’M 100% That Witch The Witches Are Coming By Lindy West; Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy and the Fear of Female Power By Sady Doyle
Reviewed by Jessica Baumgardner

Back to Gilead The Testaments By Margaret Atwood
Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

Doubleness Frankissstein: A Love Story By Jeanette Winterson
Reviewed by Morgan M Page

The Stars, O Poet Cantoras By Carolina De Robertis
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Interview Take this Crown and… Interview with Alix Kates Shulman By Jennifer Baumgardner, with Alice Stewart and Kayla Bert

You Rise Red at the Bone By Jacqueline Woodson
Reviewed by LaToya Council

Rebel Publishing The Riot Grrrl Collection Edited by Lisa Darms; Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture Edited by Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos
Reviewed by Jolie Braun

Poetry By Rae Armantrout Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Egg Theory The Oocyte Economy: The Changing Meaning of Human Eggs By Catherine Waldby
Reviewed by Claire Horn

The Empath Make It Scream, Make It Burn By Leslie Jamison
Reviewed by Lorraine Berry

Questions and Answers Pain Pal: Q and A With Amy Long By Kait Heacock

In and Out A Fist or a Heart By Kristín Eiríksdóttir, translated by Larissa Kyzer
Reviewed by Katharine Coldiron

Mistresses of the Market They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South By Stephanie Rogers-Jones
Reviewed by Kristin Hall

The Book of Laughter and not Forgetting Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement Edited by Shelley Oria
Reviewed by Andi Zeisler

I Believe You In the Dream House By Carmen Maria Machado
Reviewed by Larissa Pienkowski

Those Were the Days The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars By Meghan Daum
Reviewed by Hanne Blank

Listen Up Fact-Checking Feminism By Sally Roesch Wagner



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