Title: How to be a Woman
Author: Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
In this comic-memoir-meets-feminist-treatise, the Times of London writer goes from a poor, home-schooled tomboy to a wife and mother of two while waxing philosophical on what exactly it does mean to be a woman.
It took me a few chapters to get used to Caitlin Moran. I wasn’t sure if it was our age difference or our culture difference or the fact that she just jumps right into the meat of the book, but I didn’t find it relatable at first and considered putting it down. But I am glad that I gave it a few more chapters.
The book roughly follows Moran through her life milestones, so I think no matter where you are in life, if you are a woman, you’ll find something to relate to eventually. Moran infuses the book with humor, but she includes a lot of interesting thoughts on womanhood, specifically when it comes to “feminism” (she correctly notes that all women should be feminists).
This has been billed as the British version of Bossypants. I wouldn’t go that far, but you’ll certainly laugh.