How to be a Woman [Book Review]

Title: How to be a Woman
Author: Caitlin Moran
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 320
Year: 2012
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
Rating: 3.5/5


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.

My Thoughts:

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.

4 thoughts on “How to be a Woman [Book Review]

  1. Sandy August 1, 2012 / 7:19 am

    I feel like an idiot…I don’t even know who this woman is.


  2. zibilee August 1, 2012 / 10:50 am

    I have not heard of this book, but from the sound of it, I think it would probably be rather interesting. I am not sure how it would compare to Bossypants, but might like to explore it on audio. Great post today, hope you are well!


  3. Sarah August 1, 2012 / 11:38 am

    I’ve heard awesome things about this book, but when I started to read a couple pages in the bookstore I was a little thrown off… I think because she says a lot of British-y things that I have no idea what they mean, lol. I do still need to give it a try.


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