Women's Review of Books

Since 1983, the Women’s Review of Books has been the premier feminist book review and remains proudly a print publication. WRB reviews scholarship as well as fiction, graphic novels, poetry, and memoir usually (but not always) by women. We strive to review a diverse array of books in many fields, genres, and styles for each issue. Edited by feminist author Jennifer Baumgardner and published by the Wellesley Centers for Women in partnership with Old City Publishing, WRB provides a unique perspective on today’s literary world.

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July/August 2021

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


Editor's Letter 

What Happened? Women’s Liberation! Feminist Writings that Inspired a Revolution & Still Can Edited by Alix Kates Shulman and Honor Moore
Reviewed by Charis Caputo

Bohemian Rhapsody Eleanor in the Village: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Search for Freedom and Identity in New York’s Greenwich Village By Jan Jarboe Russell
Reviewed by Sarah Schulman

Pro Choice Objects of Desire By Clare Sestanovich; Eat the Mouth That Feeds You By Carribean Fragoza
Reviewed by Anjanette Delgado

Don't Die Wondering Olivia on the Record: A Radical Experiment in Women’s Music By Ginny Z Berson
Reviewed by Shane Snowdon

Streaming Prime Suspects By Laurie Stone

Dead Meat Animal By Lisa Taddeo
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Exhibition Fellow Traveler Alice Neel: People Come First The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reviewed by Cynthia Payne

Tough Love Girlhood By Melissa Febos
Reviewed by Marian Ryan

Poetry By Caledonia Kearns, Amber Flora Thomas and Rachel Hadas

Yes, She Can Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Journey By Mazie K. Hirono
Reviewed by Hagar Scher

Listen Up Femicide: Old News By Lily Tang

Go There to Know There Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology By Frances Larson;
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century By Charles King
Reviewed by Lisa Mullenneaux

Messy Parts Breasts and Eggs By Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Postmortem On Violence and On Violence Against Women By Jacqueline Rose
Reviewed by Catharine R. Stimpson

The Mid Wayward By Dana Spiotta
Reviewed by Valerie Miner

Drawn Together Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness By Kristen Radtke
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney


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