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.

Subscribers to Women's Review of Books can now read the issue online.

September/October 2017


Determinedly Optimistic Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene By Donna J. Haraway
Reviewed by Kelly Alexander

Women’s Movements Without Feminism Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening By Ellen Anne McLarney; Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt
By Mariz Tadros Reviewed by Marilyn Booth

The Woman Who Broke the Comedy Club Cellar Ceiling Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers By Leslie Bennetts
Reviewed by Kate Clinton

Not Quite Gone The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture By Bonnie J. Morris
Reviewed by Jen Manion

The Persona That Became a Reality Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier By Joanne Passet
Reviewed by Susanna J. Sturgis

Coerced “Choice” China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy By Kay Ann Johnson
Reviewed by Lihua Wang

Good Reads Those Who Wait Outside the Door By Trish Crapo

Courage and Fierce Love The Complete Works of Pat Parker Edited by Julie R. Enszer
Reviewed by Kate Rushin

Failure to Launch Swing Time By Zadie Smith
Reviewed by Natania Rosenfeld

Poetry By Jennifer Markell

The Journey into the Unknown The Dark Flood Rises By Margaret Drabble
Reviewed By Valerie Miner

Does the Sex Offender Exist? Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent By Joseph J. Fischel
Reviewed by Sara Matthiesen

Masked Avengers Un/Masked: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour By Donna Kaz, aka Aphra Behn
Reviewed by Debra Cash

Building up and Knocking Down Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear … and Why By Sady Doyle
Reviewed by Erin Matson

The Glacial Pace of Change Equality on Trial: Gender Rights in the Modern American Workplace By Katherine Turk; Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work By Gillian Thomas
Reviewed by Karen Pastorello


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.




Women's Review of Books

Untitled Document

Women=Books Blog

WRB Jan 2017 genders
WRB Nov2016_Jan2017
Sara Ahmed Womens Review of Books Duke University Press