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.

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January/Febuary 2017

    The House of Difference
    Audre Lorde’s Transnational Legacies Edited by Stella Bolaki and Sabine Broeck
    The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde By Gloria I. Joseph
    Reviewed by Jan Clausen

    What Are You Wearing?
    Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking By Anne Elizabeth Moore and the Ladydrawers
    Reviewed by Wendy Gamber

    Trouser Roles
    Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema By Laura Horak
    Reviewed by Erin Trahan

    Stories Matter
    Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi; Under the Udala Trees By Chinelo Okparanta; The Book of Memory By Petina Gappah
    Reviewed by Heather Hewett

    Bringing the President to the People and the People to the President
    A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America’s Culture Wars By Doreen Mattingly
    Reviewed by Ruth Rosen

    By Jan Freeman


    Born in Chiapas By Janet Jarman

    Putting a Ring on it
    Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality: How African Americans and Gays Mistakenly Thought the Right to Marry Would Set Them Free By Katherine Franke
    Reviewed by Amber Moulton

    Field Notes

    In Memoriam, 2016 By Robin Becker

    The Heisenberg of Feminism
    The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary
    Reviewed by Paula Rabinowitz

    Testing the Human Spirit
    Forty Rooms By Olga Grushin
    Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

    The Less-Than-Scientific Science
    Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict By Heather Boushey
    Reviewed by Kate Bahn

    House Love and Human Love
    A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations By Juliet Nicolson
    Reviewed by Roberta Rubenstein

    Reproductive Rights, Human Rights
    Reproductive States: Global Perspectives on the Invention and Implementation of Population Policy

    Edited by Rickie Solinger and Mie Nakachi
    Reviewed by Mindy Jane Roseman

    This Place Needs a New Language
    The Bones of Grace By Tahmima Anam
    Reviewed by Mandira Sen


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