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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May/June 2021

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


Editor's Letter 

From the Realms of the Ugly King Kong Theory By Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne
Reviewed by Hanne Blank

Roadside Attraction frank: sonnets By Diane Seuss
Reviewed by Laurie Stone

Scrappy Patch Work: A Life Amongst Clothes By Claire Wilcox
Reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

Fable The Hare By Melanie Finn
Reviewed by Pearl McAndrews

Movers and Shakers Out of the Shadows: Six Visionary Victorian Women in Search of a Public Voice By Emily Midorikawa
Reviewed by Hannah Joyner

Poetry By Donna Masini

Positive Force Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993 By Sarah Schulman
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Commentary Ode To Bechdel By Shira Spector

See No Monsters Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch By Rivka Galchen
Reviewed by Charis Caputo

Eyes Open The Ugly Cry By Danielle Henderson
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Salt in the Wounds Of Women and Salt By Gabriela Garcia
Reviewed by Lissette Escariz Ferrá

A Novel Thriller The Other Black Girl By Zakya Dalila Harris
Reviewed by Eisa Ulen

We Are No More The Trojan Women: A Comic By Rosanna Bruno and Anne Carson
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Big The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance in the New Gilded Age By Nicole Aschoff; Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age By Amy Klobuchar
Reviewed by Claire Bond Potter

Listen Up Orange You Glad By Laurie Stone

Pleasurably Stung Walking on Cowrie Shells By Nana Nkweti
Reviewed by Rebecca Saltzman

A Story of Her Own Self-Portrait By Celia Paul
Reviewed by Cynthia Payne



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