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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July/August 2015


  • A Positive Social Good
    Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
    By Katha Pollitt
    Reviewed by Marlene Fried

  • Ten Fingers and Ten Toes
    Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race By Ellen Samuels
    Reviewed by Lauri Umansky

  • Complicating the story of women in the Nation of Islam
    A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women: African American Muslim Women in the Movement for Black Self-Determination, 1950-1975
    By Bayyinah S. Jeffries; Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam
    By Dawn-Marie Gibson and Jamillah Karim
    Reviewed by Juliane Hammer

  • Transported Women
    Harlots, Hussies and Poor Unfortunate Women: Crime, Transportation, and the Servitude of Female Convicts, 1718-1783
    By Edith M. Ziegler
    Reviewed by Rona L. Holub

  • Indigenous Rights And Women’S Rights Together
    Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories
    By Hilary Klein Reviewed by Lynn Stephen

  • Cartoon By Cara Bean

    By Trish Crapo

  • Poetry By Jessica Greenbaum

  • Love As Fierce As Death
    A Stranger’s Mirror: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2013 By Marilyn Hacker;
    Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2015
    By Chana Bloch
    Reviewed by Alicia Ostriker

  • Failure To Communicate
    Pan American Women: US Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico
    By Megan Threlkeld
    Reviewed by Catia Cecilia Confortini

  • Splitters, Knitters, And Quitters
    School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom
    By Catherine Connell
    Reviewed by Pam Chamberlain

  • Her Own Chair
    Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words
    Edited by Malka Marom
    Reviewed by Joanna Weiss

  • Staying Home Or Leaving It
    Russian Tattoo
    By Elena Gorokhova;
    Waiting for Electricity
    By Christina Nichol
    Reviewed by Marta Bladek

  • Unencumbered
    Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation
    By Trimiko Melancon
    Reviewed by Rachel Afi Quinn

  • Black Women Reporters On The White House Beat
    Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press
    Edited by Carol McCabe Booker;
    Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
    By James McGrath Morris; The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America
    By April Ryan
    Reviewed by A. J. Verdelle

The Women's Review of Books receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.