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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September/October 2018

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


Isn’t it Rich? Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry By Adrienne Rich; edited and with an introduction by Sandra Gilbert
Reviewed by E.J. Graff

Where is my Mind? Severance By Ling Ma
Reviewed by Jessica Baumgardner

The Bodies God Created Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture By Tamura Lomax
Reviewed by Mariam Williams

Future Tense Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices By Girls Write Now
Reviewed by Ana Castillo

Profile Slitting Open the Sack Profiled by Laurie Stone

Red Herrings and White Liberals Maggie Terry By Sarah Schulman
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Off the Hook Consent on Campus: A Manifesto By Donna Freitas
Reviewed by Jordan Allyn

Writers of Conscience Women of Resistance: Poetry from 50 Activists Edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan
Reviewed by Ana Castillo

Afterlives Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation Adapted by Ari Folman, Illustrations by David Polonsky; A Bubble By Geneviève Castrée
Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

Not a Muse Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchel, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art By Mary Gabriel
Reviewed by Margaret Randall

Shame Theory Pure By Linda Kay Klein
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

FeatureI Couldn’t Do What I Do Without This Book

The Year of the Woman, Again International Women’s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History By Jocelyn Olcott
Reviewed by Ellen Chesler

Identity and Action Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements By Charlene A. Carruthers
Reviewed by Susana Morris

Poison Books Silent Spring & Other Writings on the Environment Rachel Carson, edited by Sandra Steingraber; Living Downstream By Sandra Steingraber
Reviewed by Judith Chelius Stark

Listen Up The Linguistics of Texting An essay by Noelle McManus

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