How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

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15 Critic Reviews

“How to Be a Woman” is a glorious, timely stand against sexism so ingrained we barely even notice it. It is, in the dour language she militates so brilliantly against, a book that needed to be written.
-NY Times

Synopsis

“Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. She’s the feminist rock star we need right now.”
—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother

“Caitlin Moran is so fabulous, so funny, so freshly feminist. I don’t want to be like her—I want to be her.”
 —Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Caitlin Moran puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of women’s issues today with her irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious How to Be a Woman. “Half memoir, half polemic, and entirely necessary,” (Elle UK), Moran’s debut was an instant runaway bestseller in England as well as an Amazon UK Top Ten book of the year; still riding high on bestseller lists months after publication, it is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Now poised to take American womanhood by storm, here is a book that Vanity Fair calls “the U.K. version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants….You will laugh out loud, wince, and—in my case—feel proud to be the same gender as the author.”

 

About Caitlin Moran

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Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen hosted the pop show Naked City. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on the Times-both as a television critic and also in the most-read part of the paper, the satirical celebrity column "Celebrity Watch"-winning the British Press Awards' Columnist of The Year award in 2010 and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011. The eldest of eight children, Caitlin read lots of books about feminism-mainly in an attempt to be able to prove to her brother, Eddie, that she was scientifically better than him. Caitlin isn't really her name. She was christened 'Catherine.' But she saw 'Caitlin' in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was thirteen and thought it looked exciting. That's why she pronounces it incorrectly: 'Catlin.' It causes trouble for everyone.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by Harper. 323 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for How To Be A Woman
All: 15 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Mar 06 2012

...It is as a comic writer that Moran particularly excels; by which I mean that the jokes aren't gags sprinkled around to make up for the surrounding pieties, they are integral to the whole project.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Miranda Sawyer on Jun 25 2011

There are lines in it that will make you snort with laughter, situations so true to life that you will howl in recognition.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by EMMA BROCKES on Jul 26 2012

“How to Be a Woman” is a glorious, timely stand against sexism so ingrained we barely even notice it. It is, in the dour language she militates so brilliantly against, a book that needed to be written.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Natalie Bennett on Aug 01 2011

She's open to lots of possibilities - but seems unable to imagine a lot of other possible women's lives.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Denise Du Vernay on Oct 13 2012

A good memoir is entertaining; a great memoir is entertaining and educational. Moran's How To Be a Woman is such a memoir.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Jul 19 2012

...Moran invests her consciousness-raising confessions with an all-too-rare working-class worldview.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Ceri Radford on Jul 19 2011

How to Be a Woman is a hoot. A huge, provocative, hilarious and powerful hoot.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Katy Guest on Jul 03 2011

...engaging, brave and consistently, cleverly, naughtily funny, but actually it is important that we talk about this stuff.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Margaret Wheeler Johnson on Aug 08 2012

"How to Be a Woman" is high energy, hilarious, occasionally poignant and, in most cases, so true you want to shout, "YES!!!"

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Excellent
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Jul 16 2012

...although it's decidedly female-centric, open-minded men should enjoy the ribald humor and privileged view.

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Slate

Excellent
Reviewed by Peggy Orenstein on Jul 15 2012

Moran’s feminism is as much attitude as analysis. She is, in equal measure, intellectual, rebel and goofball

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New Statesman

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen Lewis on Jul 04 2011

...while How to Be a Woman might not have the anger or urgency of The Female Eunuch, it certainly has more jokes. And perhaps that's what modern feminism needs.

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The Humanist

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenny Bunker

Caitlin Moran has nobly forsworn getting drunk with pop-star interviewees, as columnist for The Times, long enough to produce this 300-page feminist tract disguised as an autobiography.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Steinke on Aug 31 2012

How to Be a Woman by New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Moran is a must-read for anyone who wants to have a lot of good, deep belly laughs while gaining some smart insights into being a woman.

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Stylist

Good

...this might just be the funniest intelligent book ever written.

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