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How To Be a Woman Paperback – 16 Jun 2011
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"Spectacular! Very, very funny, moving and revealing"--Jonathan Ross
"I have been waiting for this book my whole life"--Claudia Winkleman
"I adore, admire and - more - am addicted to Caitin Moran’s writing."--Nigella Lawson
"Moran's writing sparkles with wit and warmth. Like the confidences of your smartest friend."--Simon Pegg
"Ever since I was eighteen I've wanted to be as cool as Caitlin Moran. Now this book has shown me how. Witty, wise and wonderful, this is an indispensable guide to Ladyhood. I laughed. I cried. I found out what my favourite writer calls her vagina."--Lauren Laverne
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I like her confidence and openness about her experience of being a woman, but I wouldn't consider this a deep book in any sense, or one that really considers a variety of experiences. I guess it doesn't suggest it would, I just made an assumption.
However, I'm glad I read it and now I know what she's about I will read more of her works :). Because you know, *stands on chair and shouts*, I am a feminist.
I even had to stifle a sudden giggle, which turned into an explosive snort, while reading on the train home. Moran pulls no punches and can be very 'in your face' with emotional and bodily descriptions but offers keen observations on life. I read Moran's 'How to Build a Girl' first and enjoyed it enormously. Had no problem lending it to my 16 year old niece but I'd be a little more uneasy sharing 'How to Be a Woman' partly because we aren't all as precocious as Moran would have us believe she was at the same age. All in all a good fun read, not too taxing.
How as a woman, that is nearly leaving her 30s, there is sometimes a feeling, some pressure of fitting into a particular ideal and/or behaving in a particular way. However, Caitlin hit the nail on the head right at the end of 'how to be a woman' and with my 40th birthday approaching at the end of the year, I find I give less f**ks about what others think. Truly, the more I navigate through my life the more I love and value quality people and experiences.
Overall a good book from a writer that aligns with my own views and it's great to read which I will recommend to friends and family!
For the opinionated take this with a pinch of salt, you are after all reading someone else's opinions.
The autobiographical side works far better than the feminist side in my opinion, and herein lie the many highlights. Moran's older sister displays a tremendous array of put-downs and one-liners that frequently had me in stitches, and there are some great stories about, in particular, pubic hair and red wine spillages (unconnected, I might add).
If you're looking to be entertained by a genuinely funny and clever writer, this is definitely worth checking out.
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