Title: How to Be a Woman
Author: Caitlin Moran
Release Date: July 17. 2012
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Essays
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
In her memoir/essay collection, Caitlin Moran muses about the difficulties of growing up from a teenager into an adult and faces puzzles about being a woman.
Caitlin Moran’s linked essay collection focuses on one important topic: How to Be a Woman. Though these are different essays about varied subjects that woman must face today, Moran frames the collection through her own experiences. Memories and stories from her difficult adolescence and young adulthood are what she uses to contemplate topics as varied as sexual harassment, body hair, and feminism.
If you’re easily offended, you’ll want to stay away from How to Be a Woman. Moran is crass, direct, and not afraid to broach serious, sensitive topics such as abortion. Her sense of humor isn’t for everyone, and she delves into some strange topics in this collection that not every woman will be able to relate to. Still, if you appreciate frank, honest discussions, then this is a book you should definitely consider. Whether you agree with Moran or not, her musings will definitely get the gears cranking in your brain.
How to Be a Woman is meant to be funny, and it often is. However, I didn’t find this book as laugh-out-loud hilarious as I’d hoped. Moran is clearly sharp and smart, and at times her wit is spot on and sparkling. But that’s not usually, or even often, the case, and as a result, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I thought I would. That’s not to say it’s not worth reading; Moran is insightful and she will definitely make you think. If you’re a woman, especially in your 20s and 30s, this is a book you should absolutely consider picking up, if only to help you evaluate where you stand on various issues that face women.