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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November/December 2017

The Theater of Paternalism Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves By Marie Jenkins Schwartz
Reviewed by Martha Saxton

“Coeds” Come to the Ivy League “Keep The Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation By Nancy Weiss Malkiel
Reviewed by Susan McGee Bailey

Retrieving the History of the Gay & Lesbian Left Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left By Emily K. Hobson
Reviewed by Margaret Cerullo

Their Own Wars The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II By Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Reviewed by Beth Holmgren

The Most Important Event Nobody Knows About Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics By Marjorie J. Spruill
Reviewed by Ruth Rosen

Neither Fish, nor Peacocks, nor Elephant Seals Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science and Society
By Cordelia Fine
Reviewed by J. Goodrich

Women2drive Daring to Drive : A Saudi Woman’s Awakening By Manal al-Sharif
Reviewed by Persis Karim

Field Notes Artists Together
By Robin Becker

Poetry By Mary Meriam

The Genius Octavia Butler Octavia E. Butler By Gerry Canavan
Reviewed by Nisi Shawl

I am a Writer. Am I a Writer? The Invention of Angela Carter By Edmund Gordon
Reviewed by Jessica Jernigan

Is Law the Solution or the Problem? Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court Edited by Kathryn M. Stanchi, Linda L. Berger, and Bridget J. Crawford
Reviewed by Sandra F. VanBurkleo

Healing History Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 By MK Czerwiec
Reviewed by Ajuan Mance

Is Transformation Possible? Abandon Me: Memoirs By Melissa Febos; Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life By Yiyun Li
Reviewed by Rebecca Hussey


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