Women's Review of Books - 2020 Issues

January/February 2020

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



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Questions and Answers Found Her
Interview with Florence Howe By Jennifer Baumgardner

XX-Istentialist Females By Andrea Long Chu
Reviewed by Madeleine Monson-Rosen

Cage the Elephant Uproarious: How Feminists and Other Subversive Comics Speak Truth By Cynthia and Julie Willett
Reviewed by Maeve Higgins

Duty to Repair Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse By Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Reviewed by Jamia Wilson

Pleasure in Times of Darkness A Death in Harlem By Karla FC Holloway; Side Chick Nation By Aya de León
Reviewed by Rochelle Spencer

Poetry Pink Etiquette By Leslie McGrath; Not in this Lifetime By Jo-Ann Mort: COMMENTARY by Katha Pollitt

Woman as subject. Discuss. Topics of Conversation By Miranda Popkey
Reviewed by Hagar Scher

The Image Making Comics By Lynda Barry
Reviewed by Anastasia Higginbotham

The Great Suppression For the Love of Men: A New Vision of Mindful Masculinity By Liz Plank
Reviewed by Carol Blair

Flux Factory Three Poems By Hannah Sullivan
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Found in Translation Me & Other Writing By Marguerite Duras; Made in Saturn By Rita Indiana
Reviewed by Lindsay Semel

A Thousand Words The Shadow King By Maaza Mengiste
Reviewed by Naomi Elias

Survival Weather By Jenny Offill
Reviewed by Erica Jong

She Said Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung By Nina MacLaughlin
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Blurred Lines My Dark Vanessa By Kate Elizabeth Russell
Reviewed by Kimberly Cutter

Code Red Uncanny Valley By Anna Wiener
Reviewed by Jacqueline Zeisloft

More Q&A The Writer’s Writer Questions and Answers with Michelle Tea By Kait Heacock


March/April 2020


Walking on Eggshells Barn 8 By Deb Olin Unferth
Reviewed by Maeve Higgins

Ghostwriter Afterlife By Julia Alvarez
Reviewed by Cleyvis Natera

Live Wires Janis: Her Life and Music By Holly George- Warren; Blood: A Memoir By Allison Moorer
Reviewed by Lauren Turner

Questions and Answers Wherefore the Independent Bookstore; interview with Hannah Oliver depp, owner of Loyalty Bookstore, Washington D.C.
By Jennifer Baumgardner and Jacqueline Zeisloft

An Unfamiliar Species My Autobiography of Carson McCullers By Jenn Shapland
Reviewed by Céillie Clark-Keane

It’s Complicated Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote By Ellen Carol DuBois
Reviewed by Lori D. Ginzberg

Poetry By Meg Yardley, Rita Mae Reese, Marion Brown, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Noelle McManus, and Sarah Metcalf

Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Stein Way The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Illustrated By Gertrude Stein; illustrations by Maira Kalman
Interview by Tahneer Oksman

One Under the Other Subduction By Kristen Millares Young
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Photography Traces of War Photos by Maryam Ashrafi
Commentary By Ellen Feldman

Cohog Wild Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant By Anne Gardiner Perkins
Reviewed by Susan B. Marine

Influencer Machines in the Head By Anna Kavan
Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

Marginalia Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning By Cathy Park Hong
Reviewed by Jisu Kim

Middle-Aged Wasteland Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis By Ada Calhoun
Reviewed by Jessica Baumgardner

Burning Questions Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot By Mikki Kendall
Reviewed by LaToya Council

On the Nightstand Julia Alvarez on Stack Hierarchies, Scheherezade, and Reading with No Strings Attached

May/June 2020

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


Tropeless Fiebre Tropical By Juli Delgado Lopera
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Darkness Visible Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency By Olivia Laing Reviewed by Laurie Stone

The Eye Beauty By Christina Chiu Reviewed by Heather Hewett

Pure Guts Four by Four By Sara Mesa, translated by Katie Whittemore Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Cartoon At the Baths By Anna Christine

Class Dismissed Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University By Matt Brim
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Women Reading The Toni Morrison Book Club By Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams; March Sisters By Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Jane Smiley; The Lost Chapters, Finding Recovery & Renewal One Book at a Time By Leslie Schwartz; Why Women Read Fiction By Helen Taylor; Unfinished Business, Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader By Vivian Gornick
Reviewed by Linda Simon

Field Notes the Mean(ing)s of Production By Jacqueline Zeisloft

Women’s Work Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future By Mary Robinson; Gender and Climate Change: Impacts, Science, Policy By Joane Nagel
Reviewed by Judith Chelius Stark

Mirror Image The Exhibition of Persephone Q By Jessi Jezewska Stevens
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Poetry By Rachel Blau DuPlessis,
Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Write to Life Choice Words: Writers on Abortion Edited by Annie Finch
Reviewed by Catharine R. Stimpson

Love and Death Boys of Alabama By Genevieve Hudson
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

A PhD in Survival Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School Edited by Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado
Reviewed by Carolyn Choi

Listen Up The Epic of Girlhood An essay by Margaret Morganroth Gullette

Notes from the Front Distance Learning By Kayla Bert, Lola Blackman, Charis Caputo, Noelle McManus, and Priyanka Voruganti

On the Nightstand Roya Marsh on: Black Girl Magic, Knock-Knock Jokes, and Reading with Students in Mind


July/August 2020

Just Friends Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close By Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
Reviewed by Grace Ebert

The Royal Vagina The Mirror and the Light By Hilary Mantel
Reviewed by Charis Caputo

The Gift of a Horse Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal By Sarah Maslin Nir

Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

The White Mouse Code Name Hélène By Ariel Lawhon
Reviewed by Valerie Miner

Alone Together Bezoar and Other Unsettling Stories By Guadalupe Nettel
Reviewed by Lindsay Semel

Beginnings and Ends We Had No Rules: Stories By Corinne Manning
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Out of Sight The Death of Vivek Oji By Akwaeke Emezi
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Comic Knowledge is Power By Anastasia Higginbotham

Commentary By Jennifer Baumgardner

Transing Gender Female Husbands: A Trans History By Jen Manion
Reviewed by James Yukiko Mulder

Essay-Notes from the Pause By Laurie Stone

Stuff and its Discontents Things Worth Keeping: The Value of Attachment in a Disposable World By Christine Harold
Reviewed by Lydia Pyne

Why We Write Throwing a Sheet Over the Ghost By Cooper Lee Bombardier

Poetry By Marilyn Hacker and Kim Addonizio

Listen Up In Praise of Shelfies By Leora Tanenbaum

On the Nightstand Wayétu Moore on What She’s Been Reading


September/October 2020

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

Editor's Letter 

Guest Editors' Letter

Saved Transcendent Kingdom By Yaa Gyasi  
Reviewed by Bridgett M. Davis

The Art of Passing The Vanishing Half By Brit Bennett  
Reviewed by Jasmine M. Sanders

Tree of Life These Ghosts Are Family By Maisy Card 
Reviewed by Taylor Dews

Escapology A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance By Stella Abasa Dadzie  
Reviewed by K. Avvirin Gray 

Material We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems By Jessica Care Moore  
Reviewed by Osarugue Otebele

Black Girls in Process Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower By Brittney Cooper  
Reviewed by Angel Boulware 

Poetry By Emily Gordon 
Commentary By Katha Pollitt 

Television "I May Destroy You" from A Gaze in the #MeToo Mirror By Michaela Coel  
Reviewed by Kovie Biakolo 

Human Supernova Luster By Raven Leilani  
Reviewed by Rebecca Saltzman 

Tech? No. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism By Safiya Umoja Noble 
Reviewed by Kalani Johnson 

Venus Envy Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia By Sabrina Strings  
Reviewed by Jochebed Cadet 

Scrutinized, But Never Seen Such a Fun Age By Kiley Reid  
Reviewed by Savanna Ramsey 

Rock and a Hard Place Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll By Maureen Mahon  
Reviewed by Briana N. Spivey

Long Live the Black Diamond Queens (with playlist inspired by Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll) by Charis Caputo 

Space Invaders Thick: And Other Essays By Tressie McMillan Cottom  
Reviewed by Danielle Koonce 

Just Who Is This "Us"? Just Us: An American Conversation By Claudia Rankine  
Reviewed by Kim Mayo 

Listen Up "Zoom" An Essay By Laurie Stone 


November/December 2020

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


Crime Wave Feminism The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration By Aya Gruber 
Reviewed by Charis Caputo

Personal Jesus The Secret Lives of Church Ladies By Deesha Philyaw 
Reviewed by Mariam I. Williams

Plathology Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story By Sylvia Plath; Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath By Heather Clark 
Reviewed by Lisa Mullenneaux

Interview Kill Thrill: An Interview With Crime Author Emily Schultz By Kait Heacock

Pamela's House Funeral Diva By Pamela Sneed
Reviewed by Rachel Levitsky

Pulling Out the Sutures Places I’ve Taken My Body By Molly McCully Brown 
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Poetry By Molly Peacock
Commentary By Katha Pollitt

WRB Gift Guide Book Ideas for Corona-mas and Pandemukah 

Strike Force Feminist International: How to Change Everything By Verónica Gago, Translated By Liz Mason-Deese 
Reviewed by Laura V. Eley

De-Petrification Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country By Cristina Rivera Garza, Translated By Sarah Booker
Reviewed by Lindsay Semel

Poetry By Kim Addonizio

Meh-Too The League of Super Feminists By Mirion Malle, Translated by Aleshia Jensen 
Reviewed by Amy Watkin 

Complex Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto By Legacy Russell 
Reviewed by Hanne Blank 

Creature Discomforts Crushing It By Jennifer Knox 
Reviewed by Natalia Conte

Black Magic The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games By Ebony Elizabeth Thomas 
Reviewed by Chimene Ntakarutimana

Schrödinger's Author My Favorite Girlfriend Was a French Bulldog By Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Translated by Megan McDowell 
Reviewed by Rebecca Saltzman

The Poetesses Lyrical Strains: Liberalism and Women’s Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America By Elissa Zellinger 
Reviewed by Kirun Kapur

Listen Up Postcard From Now, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 By Laurie Stone

Bonus Op-Ed (Not Part of Issue) The Toobin Thing By Laurie Stone  

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