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. 

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Women's Review of Books is edited by Jennifer Baumgardner and published by the Wellesley Centers for Women in partnership with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia, PA. Contact Women's Review of Books to suggest a book for review, pitch a review of a forthcoming book, submit poetry, or other questions.

March/April 2020


Women's Review of Books issues are now available for purchase as digital downloads!


Walking on Eggshells Barn 8 By Deb Olin Unferth
Reviewed by Maeve Higgins

Ghostwriter Afterlife By Julia Alvarez
Reviewed by Cleyvis Natera

Live Wires Janis: Her Life and Music By Holly George- Warren; Blood: A Memoir By Allison Moorer
Reviewed by Lauren Turner

Questions and Answers Wherefore the Independent Bookstore; interview with Hannah Oliver depp, owner of Loyalty Bookstore, Washington D.C.
By Jennifer Baumgardner and Jacqueline Zeisloft

An Unfamiliar Species My Autobiography of Carson McCullers By Jenn Shapland
Reviewed by Céillie Clark-Keane

It’s Complicated Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote By Ellen Carol DuBois
Reviewed by Lori D. Ginzberg

Poetry By Meg Yardley, Rita Mae Reese, Marion Brown, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Noelle McManus, and Sarah Metcalf

Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Stein Way The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Illustrated By Gertrude Stein; illustrations by Maira Kalman
Interview by Tahneer Oksman

One Under the Other Subduction By Kristen Millares Young
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

Photography Traces of War Photos by Maryam Ashrafi
Commentary By Ellen Feldman

Cohog Wild Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant By Anne Gardiner Perkins
Reviewed by Susan B. Marine

Influencer Machines in the Head By Anna Kavan
Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

Marginalia Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning By Cathy Park Hong
Reviewed by Jisu Kim

Middle-Aged Wasteland Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis By Ada Calhoun
Reviewed by Jessica Baumgardner

Burning Questions Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot By Mikki Kendall
Reviewed by LaToya Council

On the Nightstand Julia Alvarez on Stack Hierarchies, Scheherezade, and Reading with No Strings Attached


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