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. 

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Women's Review of Books is edited by Jennifer Baumgardner and published by the Wellesley Centers for Women in partnership with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia, PA. Contact Women's Review of Books to suggest a book for review, pitch a review of a forthcoming book, submit poetry, or other questions.

January/February 2020

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



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


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



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