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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March/April 2021

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


Editor's Letter 

The Outsiders The Mermaid and the Minotaur By Dorothy Dinnerstein
Reviewed by Vivian Gornick

Rage Becomes Her Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology By Jess Zimmerman
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

Rebel Girl Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy By Leslie Brody
Reviewed by Claire Bond Potter

Underground in Amerika The Lexington Six: Lesbian and Gay Resistance in 1970s America By Josephine Donovan
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Jazz Matriarch Soul on Soul:
The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams By Tammy L. Kernodle; Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams By Linda Dahl
Reviewed by Meisha Rosenberg

Sister Act The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine By Janice P. Nimura
Reviewed by Celeste Chamberland

Interview Warp and Weft: An Interview with Graphic Author Shira Spector By Tahneer Oksman

The Creative Weather: a poem / a chronicle By Holly Prado
Reviewed by Alison Townsend

Motherlode World’s Best Mother By Nuria Labari; Translated by Katie Whittemore
Reviewed by Anna Godbersen

Repeat Until Funny Broken (in the best possible way) By Jenny Lawson
Reviewed by Jordan Allyn

Drawn Like Teen Spirit Justine: A Novel By Forsyth Harmon
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Ghost Sickness Dog Flowers: A Memoir By Danielle Geller
Reviewed by Ana Castillo


Listen Up Breathless By Laurie Stone

Tears, Brine Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner
Reviewed by Ariel Kim


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