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 2019




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Black Lives Mother Breathe: A Letter to My Sons By Imani Perry Reviewed by Bridgett M. Davis

Attention Whore The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls By Mona Eltahawy Reviewed by Rachel DeWoskin

A Bird in the Hand Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me By Adrienne Brodeur Reviewed by Cathi Hanauer

Dreams on the Rise The Promise By Silvina Ocampo; Forgotten Journey By Silvina Ocampo Reviewed by Ana Castillo

Voice Less Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives By Jane Brox; Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking By Susan Cain; Unspeakable: The Things We Cannot Say By Harriet Shawcross Reviewed by Linda Simon

To be Alive The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth By Ken Krimstein Reviewed by Judith Chelius Stark

Geek Equality Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry By Suzanne Scott Reviewed by Linnete Manrique

The Children’s Hour The Old Drift By Namwali Serpell Reviewed by Jessica Stilling

Poetry by Sharon Olds, Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Pen and Tell Her Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival Edited by Diane Noomin; Commute By Erin Williams Reviewed by Tahneer Oksman

Tied, Bound On Division By Goldie Goldbloom Reviewed by Karen Houppert

Questions and Answers Home Turf Q and A with Samantha Allen By Kait Heacock

One Fragile Hull Toward Antarctica By Elizabeth Bradfield Reviewed by Christine Byl

No? Consent By Donna Freitas Reviewed by Kira von Eichel

A Love Letter, a Homecoming, a History Ordinary Girls By Jaquira Díaz Reviewed by Larissa Melo Pienkowski

The Gathering New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent Edited by Margaret Busby Reviewed by Mariam I. Williams

Master Mind I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying By Bassey Ikpi Reviewed by Heather Hewett

Listen Up Siempre con las Pibas By Noelle McManus


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