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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November/December 2020

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


Crime Wave Feminism The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration By Aya Gruber 
Reviewed by Charis Caputo

Personal Jesus The Secret Lives of Church Ladies By Deesha Philyaw 
Reviewed by Mariam I. Williams

Plathology Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story By Sylvia Plath; Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath By Heather Clark 
Reviewed by Lisa Mullenneaux

Interview Kill Thrill: An Interview With Crime Author Emily Schultz By Kait Heacock

Pamela's House Funeral Diva By Pamela Sneed
Reviewed by Rachel Levitsky

Pulling Out the Sutures Places I’ve Taken My Body By Molly McCully Brown 
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Poetry By Molly Peacock
Commentary By Katha Pollitt

WRB Gift Guide Book Ideas for Corona-mas and Pandemukah 

Strike Force Feminist International: How to Change Everything By Verónica Gago, Translated By Liz Mason-Deese 
Reviewed by Laura V. Eley

De-Petrification Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country By Cristina Rivera Garza, Translated By Sarah Booker
Reviewed by Lindsay Semel

Poetry By Kim Addonizio

Meh-Too The League of Super Feminists By Mirion Malle, Translated by Aleshia Jensen 
Reviewed by Amy Watkin 

Complex Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto By Legacy Russell 
Reviewed by Hanne Blank 

Creature Discomforts Crushing It By Jennifer Knox 
Reviewed by Natalia Conte

Black Magic The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games By Ebony Elizabeth Thomas 
Reviewed by Chimene Ntakarutimana

Schrödinger's Author My Favorite Girlfriend Was a French Bulldog By Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Translated by Megan McDowell 
Reviewed by Rebecca Saltzman

The Poetesses Lyrical Strains: Liberalism and Women’s Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America By Elissa Zellinger 
Reviewed by Kirun Kapur

Listen Up Postcard From Now, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 By Laurie Stone

Bonus Op-Ed (Not Part of Issue) The Toobin Thing By Laurie Stone  

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