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.

Calling All Poets!

Women’s Review of Books Poetry and Contributing Editor Robin Becker will be considering poetry submissions in May and June, 2014. WRB generally publishes a pair of poems by a single poet in each issue. Please mail up to three pairs of poems (six poems) to

Poetry Submissions
Women’s Review of Books
Wellesley Centers for Women CHE
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope of appropriate size and postage. Do not send email submissions.

March/April 2014


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  • Incurable
    Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and The New Politics of Imprisonment
    By Jill A. McCorkel
    Reviewed by Susan Sered

  • Growing Up Right

    Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right
    By Claire Conner
    Reviewed by Kathleen Blee

  • Half Full or Half Empty
    Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Aging
    By Lynne Segal
    Reviewed by Alix Kates Shulman

  • Speaking Out and Carrying a Big Stick
    Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India
    By Amana Fontanella-Khan
    Reviewed by Smitha Radhakrishnan

  • People's Culture
    Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II
    By Farah Jasmine Griffin
    The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry
    By Keith Clark
    Reviewed by Cheryl Wall

  • Queer Theory and Critical History, Together at Last
    Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women's Experience of Modern War
    By Laura Doan
    Reviewed by Martha Vicinus

  • Curioser and Curiouser
    Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism
    By Hilary M. Schor
    Reviewed by Jan Clausen

  • Risk-Taking Poets
    In Broken Latin
    By Annette Spaulding-Convey
    By Patricia Kirkpatrick
    Exit Civilian
    By Idra Novey
    Grand & Arsenal
    By Kerri Webster
    Reviewed by Carol Bere

  • Good Reads
    A Gir Like You
    By Trish Crapo

  • Poetry
    By Charlotte Holmes

  • Cartoon
    By Becky Hawkins

  • Mother/Nature
    Claire of the Sea Light
    By Edwidge Danticat
    Reviewed by Tiphanie Yanique

  • The Militant, His Wife, and His Brother
    The Lowland
    By Jhumpa Lahiri
    Reviewed by Valerie Miner

  • What is Left Out and What is Recorded
    Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom
    By Mimi Sheller
    Reviewed by A. Lynn Bolles

  • Permanence and Flux
    By Joan Silber
    Reviewed by Rachel Somerstein

  • The Whispers of Trees and Water, Moths and Mud
    Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History
    By Nancy C. Unger
    Kissed By a Fox and Other Stories of Friendship in Nature
    By Priscilla Stuckey
    The Forest House: A Year's Journey Into the Landscape of Love, Loss and Starting Over
    By Joelle Fraser
    Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands
    By Sara Loewen
    Reviewed by Gretchen Legler

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