How to Be A Woman

How to Be A Woman

Book - 2012 | 1st U.S. ed.
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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback--"Half memoir, half polemic, and entirely necessary," (Elle UK) Caitlin Moran's debut--an instant runaway bestseller in the UK--puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of issues with an irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious touch.

"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."

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2012], c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780062124296
Branch Call Number: 305.4202 MORAN
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 23 cm.

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StrangelyExuberant
Jun 28, 2019

I wish I had had this book when I was a teen. But as a woman it still hits the nail on the head. She touches beautifully on feminism in a new perspective than the common narrative. She brings to light that no woman is alone in the ridiculous hoop jumping and pit falls we experience as we attempt to navigate and find our own womanhood. Everything from our adolescence to our motherhood is covered complete with highlights from the authors own life. It was quite enjoyable reading how being a woman is not something innate it is a process we all accomplish in our own way. This is a must read book.

**It does have graphic parts however, so I would not recommend for anyone who would find that offensive.**

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rubanlawrence
Dec 02, 2018

I'm a brown gay man, and I decided to read this book after stumbling on a few hilarious quotes from it. I've wanted to read more books about women and what their experiences are like. At first, the book was sharp, enlightening, and knee-slappingly funny. However, a little over halfway through, I stopped reading. She says things that clearly demonstrate that she's a privileged white woman (yes, even though she grew up poor) who is ignorant about or disgusted by anything that's outside her social circle of rich, fancy, and famous white people. For example, she talks about the time in history when "the sun never set on the British Empire" as a glorious time that should be looked back on fondly (uhhh, gurl, no it wasn't, not if you were one of the conquered peoples of the British Empire.) Or how she'd *never* "want to travel to India" (because, eww, gross, India, right?) I've heard enough of that nonsense in my life that I don't need to inflict it on myself.

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Rubicat
Sep 17, 2017

I found there to be way too many Britishisms that I could not figure out from context - also, many Page 6 names that meant nothing to me so the comparisons (or whatever the reference was) made no sense to me. Also, for some reason, I thought the humor was too raw, smarmy, something off-putting. I am by no means a prude, but it seems that Brits are really really into toilet humor - and in underclothes. I found most of these essays to be too long and they became boring. I could not stay involved in descriptions of 'knickers', names for genitalia, adolescent sexual questions and fantasies that dragged on and on. I recognize that I am in the minority of readers, but this review is primarily for the aid to my memory when I try to recall if I read this book and what I thought of it. I left it after reading half of it and skimming the remaining chapters.

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dylankemp
Jun 14, 2017

Truly excellent. Part autobiography, part examination of the many issues that women face. It's sweary, it's casual, and it's intelligent. I love her. One book and I'm totally sold. So, yes, you will find Caitlin Moran's name when you look for modern feminists, and this book on feminist lists of important texts. But there's nothing dry or difficult about this book. She covers huge topics with lightness and humour. Put it on your "Must Read" list.

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normality_resumed
Jun 02, 2017

What a joy. I'd ignore all those picky reviewers, we need more of this woman!

Marlowe Dec 06, 2016

Like Moran suggests at the end of her book, perhaps this wasn't so much a how-to work on womanhood, but a study of personhood; "as the years went on, I realised that what I really want to be, all told, is a human. Just a productive, honest, courteously treated human." We journey with Moran through her life thus far, exploring key elements that have made her the woman she is today - and as a woman, though the stories are unique to Moran, the lessons and sentiments are universally female. We have all yearned for love, acceptance, power, and understanding, finding them elusive and often disguised. Moran's wit, humor, and honesty are endearing and meaningful. I highly suggest searching out a video of Moran, so you can get a sense of her, and her amazing voice.

athompson10 Sep 14, 2016

Funny, sometimes crude and graphic. Amusing writer with some points to make.

ArapahoeZoey Aug 08, 2016

I listened to this autobiography, because Emma Watson recommended it for her book club. I really felt that was the way to go. The delivery was spot on, so comical and endearing. This title is a great memoir of one person's experience of "womanliness." Don't go into this one thinking you're going to walk away with a new and profound feminist thought, but ready to share a hilarious personal narrative against the backdrop of "pop feminism."

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jentifer
Jun 16, 2016

I'm listening to this on audio. She's preaching to the choir but still, it's a great listen. I'd heard of this book and then forgotten about it, but after reading her novel "How to Build a Girl" I looked this up again. This is a collection of opinions, and I think they are rather funny and click with my own personal views so I'm rating it enjoyable and worth my time. (less)

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CrochetCat374
Jun 05, 2016

I didn't find this book particularly original. Yes, the topics Moran discusses are important, but none of her perspectives were new or revelatory to me. I might have still enjoyed the book if it was well-written, but the writing style also really got on my nerves. I quickly got tired of reading SENTENCES SPELLED OUT IN ALL CAPS LIKE THIS, an overuse of exclamation points, and the use of text/IM lingo like "roflment" and "tbh" that just made me wince. There were a couple of humorous bits and thoughtful observations tucked in among all that, but taken as a whole, the book just really annoyed me. Would not recommend.

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ArapahoeZoey Aug 08, 2016

"Here is the quick way of working out if you are a feminist: Put you hand in your pants, a) do you have a vagina and b) do you want to be in charge of it? If you've just said yes to both, then congratulations you're a feminist. Because we need to reclaim the word feminism. We need to reclaim the word feminism back really bad."

-about 25% into book

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