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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May/June 2020

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


Tropeless Fiebre Tropical By Juli Delgado Lopera
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Darkness Visible Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency By Olivia Laing Reviewed by Laurie Stone

The Eye Beauty By Christina Chiu Reviewed by Heather Hewett

Pure Guts Four by Four By Sara Mesa, translated by Katie Whittemore Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Cartoon At the Baths By Anna Christine

Class Dismissed Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University By Matt Brim
Reviewed by Nino Testa

Women Reading The Toni Morrison Book Club By Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams; March Sisters By Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Jane Smiley; The Lost Chapters, Finding Recovery & Renewal One Book at a Time By Leslie Schwartz; Why Women Read Fiction By Helen Taylor; Unfinished Business, Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader By Vivian Gornick
Reviewed by Linda Simon

Field Notes the Mean(ing)s of Production By Jacqueline Zeisloft

Women’s Work Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future By Mary Robinson; Gender and Climate Change: Impacts, Science, Policy By Joane Nagel
Reviewed by Judith Chelius Stark

Mirror Image The Exhibition of Persephone Q By Jessi Jezewska Stevens
Reviewed by Noelle McManus

Poetry By Rachel Blau DuPlessis,
Commentary By Katha Pollitt

Write to Life Choice Words: Writers on Abortion Edited by Annie Finch
Reviewed by Catharine R. Stimpson

Love and Death Boys of Alabama By Genevieve Hudson
Reviewed by Kait Heacock

A PhD in Survival Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School Edited by Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado
Reviewed by Carolyn Choi

Listen Up The Epic of Girlhood An essay by Margaret Morganroth Gullette

Notes from the Front Distance Learning By Kayla Bert, Lola Blackman, Charis Caputo, Noelle McManus, and Priyanka Voruganti

On the Nightstand Roya Marsh on: Black Girl Magic, Knock-Knock Jokes, and Reading with Students in Mind


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