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.

Watch this video interview with Amy Hoffman, editor-in-chief of the Women's Review of Books. Learn about the background history of the publication and how works are selected.

May/June 2015

Women's Review of Books issues are now available for purchase as digital downloads!


  • Making a Spectacle of Herself
    Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman
    By Joan Rothfuss
    Reviewed by Debra Cash

  • The Strongest and Wisest Amazon
    The Secret History of Wonder Woman By Jill Lepore; Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 By Noah Berlatsky
    By Patricia Miller
    Reviewed by Joan Hilty

  • Fashion Victims
    Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco
    By Clare Sears
    Reviewed by Lillian Faderman

  • Offending Women
    Can’t Catch a Break: Gender, Jail, Drugs, and the Limits of Personal Responsibility By Susan Starr Sered and Maureen Norton-Hawk; Mean Lives, Mean Laws: Oklahoma’s Women Prisoners By Susan F. Sharp
    Reviewed by Rickie Solinger

  • Public Women
    The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions
    By Christopher F. Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg
    Reviewed by Glenna Matthews

  • No Tolerance for Easy Answers
    The Essential Ellen Willis
    Edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz
    Reviewed by Astrid Henry

  • The Complexity of Success
    Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth Century America
    By Robyn Muncy
    Reviewed by Alice Kessler-Harris

  • How the Little House Was Won
    Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
    Edited by Pamela Smith Hill
    Reviewed by Holly Blackford

  • Poetry
    By Beth Enson

  • Field Notes
    Euphoric Stew
    By Robin Becker

  • Labor in Both Senses of the Word
    Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India
    By Amrita Pande
    The Last Days of California
    By Mary Miller
    Reviewed by Rajani Bhatia

  • All in Her Head
    Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health
    By Joanna Kempner
    Reviewed by Paula Kamen

  • "Disarm! Disarm!"
    Modern Motherhood: An American History
    By Jodi Vandenberg-Daves
    Reviewed by Alicia Ostriker

  • Essay
    Changing Women's Lives Through Literature
    By Jean Trounstine

  • A Same-Sex Murder Ballad
    Alice & Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis
    By Alexis Coe, illustrations by Sally Klann
    Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

  • Things Underneath
    How to Be Both
    By Ali Smith
    Reviewed by Rebecca Meacham

Women's Review of Books issues are now available for purchase as digital downloads!

The Women's Review of Books receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.