Women's Review of Books 

Since 1983 the Women's Review of Books has provided a forum for serious, informed discussion of new writing by and about women. Women’s Review of Books provides a unique perspective on today’s literary landscape and features essays and in-depth reviews of new books by and about women. Women's Review of Books is published by the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, in collaboration with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia, PA.

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May/June 2017

      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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