How to Be a Woman by Caitlin MoranHow to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman

byCaitlin Moran

Paperback | October 11, 2016

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The New York Times bestseller—part manifesto, part memoir—that put a new face on feminism as it cut to the heart of issues with an irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious touch—now available in a limited Olive Edition.

“There are lots of things to love about Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman….A glorious, timely stand against sexism so ingrained we barely even notice it. It is, in the dour language [Moran] militates so brilliantly against, a book that needed to be written.”—New York Times

Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them?

Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from the riot of adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother. With rapier wit, Moran slices right to the truth—whether it's about the workplace, strip clubs, love, fat, abortion, popular entertainment, or children—to jump-start a new conversation about feminism. With humor, insight, and verve, How to Be a Woman lays bare the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women today but also for society itself.

Caitlin Moran (born Catherine Elizabeth Moran; 5 April 1975) is an English broadcaster, TV critic and columnist at The Times. Moran was the British Press Awards (BPA) Columnist of the Year for 2010, and both the BPA Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year in 2011. In 2012 she was named Columnist of the Year by the London Press C...
Title:How to Be a WomanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.12 × 4.5 × 0.92 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062564749

ISBN - 13:9780062564740

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it Not for the faint of heart. It's not for everyone. But it's so so great for the people that it's for. Blunt, brutally honest, vivid, and at times laugh out loud funny while provoking self-reflection.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I am not sure that this book is "entirely necessary". Certainly, it's not intellectually stimulating. Read few pages and you will get bored. Not for me. Plus it's not funny.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unsatisfied I heard about this memoir from a classmate and was quite disappointed. I felt it was for an older age group (30 and older). There were some moments that I could relate but others I was either bored or didn't really understand. Perhaps it's also that it's from her European background that made it less relatable.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! A true feminist, in an age where so many women seem to have no idea.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish there were more authors/human beings like Moran Moran is one of her kind as an author and a feminist. I seldom read a book twice but I would not mind with this one.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful I refuse to have my older age seen as the reason I object to the language used in this book. Besides that, I just found the content to be of no use, either to me or the grandaughter I planned to pass it along to. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kind of expected more I heard many good things about this book and decided to get it. This book was ok for me. It wasn't a wow factor. However, the author's witty did put a little chuckle here and there. Honestly, for me, I heard of it all before. I read so many books about female rights and empowerment. As a result, I was kind of expecting more from the author. I would recommend buying this book for those girls who are trying to figure who they are.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Are you kidding? So is anyone else getting tired of British woman who use the word c**t incessantly? Yes Caitlin, you are SO outrageous! You have fine honed the art of vulgarity. PS, in case your girlfriends or female family members haven't included you in their conversations before, this has been talked about around the water cooler before there were water coolers. PSS, you aren't the first female that has tried to shock the rest of us by proclaiming that you refuse to groom yourself for a man.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excelente The writing was amazing. So many quotable parts. She really tackles a lot of the limits of being a hetero woman. This American says jolly good show. Will definitely read and reference in the future.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excelente Caitlin Moran writes her opinion about how to be a woman without barrier. She doesn't hold back and you really know what she thinks. I related to many parts in the book and was saddened by others.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelente So true to every woman's life. Witty and an addictive read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How to be a woman Makes you sit back question some things woman face daily. Lots of good giggles. Lays it on the line what becoming a woman is like and what we endure as women. Looking forward to reading her next one!
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brava Bought this book for my 20-year old daughter after reading a review. She loved it. I think it's so good to have a strong and positive role model for young women in this (frustratingly) post-feminist age. Young women need to read literature that presents a thought-provoking, compelling, and appealing story about the way women are/can be.
Date published: 2012-09-03

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“Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. She’s the feminist rock star we need right now; How to Be a Woman is an hilarious delight.”