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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Sept/Oct 2020

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


Editor's Letter 

Guest Editors' Letter

Saved Transcendent Kingdom By Yaa Gyasi 
Reviewed by Bridgett M. Davis

The Art of Passing The Vanishing Half By Brit Bennett 
Reviewed by Jasmine M. Sanders

Tree of Life These Ghosts Are Family By Maisy Card
Reviewed by Taylor Dews

Escapology A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance By Stella Abasa Dadzie 
Reviewed by K. Avvirin Gray 

Material We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems By Jessica Care Moore 
Reviewed by Osarugue Otebele

Black Girls in Process Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower By Brittney Cooper 
Reviewed by Angel Boulware 

Poetry By Emily Gordon
Commentary By Katha Pollitt 

Television "I May Destroy You" from A Gaze in the #MeToo Mirror By Michaela Coel 
Reviewed by Kovie Biakolo 

Human Supernova Luster By Raven Leilani 
Reviewed by Rebecca Saltzman 

Tech? No. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism By Safiya Umoja Noble
Reviewed by Kalani Johnson 

Venus Envy Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia By Sabrina Strings 
Reviewed by Jochebed Cadet 

Scrutinized, But Never Seen Such a Fun Age By Kiley Reid 
Reviewed by Savanna Ramsey 

Rock and a Hard Place Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll By Maureen Mahon 
Reviewed by Briana N. Spivey

Long Live the Black Diamond Queens (with playlist inspired by Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll) by Charis Caputo 

Space Invaders Thick: And Other Essays By Tressie McMillan Cottom 
Reviewed by Danielle Koonce 

Just Who Is This "Us"? Just Us: An American Conversation By Claudia Rankine 
Reviewed by Kim Mayo 

Listen Up "Zoom" An Essay By Laurie Stone 

The Women's Review of Books receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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