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How to Be a Woman

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

33 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Terrific--But Not For Everyone

This is a terrific, provocative and thought provoking book on feminisim and all things, "woman," in general; however, it is not for everyone's tastes.

***If you are easily offended by four letter words on a broad, or body-specific basis--you'll probably want to stay ...
This is a terrific, provocative and thought provoking book on feminisim and all things, "woman," in general; however, it is not for everyone's tastes.

***If you are easily offended by four letter words on a broad, or body-specific basis--you'll probably want to stay away. Moran is an intelligent, articulate writer, but she gleefully embraces her vulgarities, even defending her use of one particularly offensive word. While the language can be blunt, it simply comes across as being HER, her personality and her view of womanhood; for me, it did not come across as a blatant attempt to be shocking--it's just who she is, her experience. I found it alternately appropriate, funny and question-raising; I had no problem with it--but some readers might.

***As Moran is English, based in London and the book was originally published there--there are many references to British personalities, pop culture and every day life that some readers will not be familiar with. If it's bothersome, be prepared to do some Googling.

***A feminist-treatise, this is also a memoir; Moran is "no holds barred" on her personal revelations. At times, this reads as "TMI" with raw, humiliating, cringe-worthy recounts of her coming of age: as one of 8 kids she relates, with brutal honesty, the traumas of being welfare-poor to the point her hand-me-downs included her mother's old underpants and the stifling lack of privacy.

***Her sister, Caz, emerges as a prize scene-stealing supporting character--some of the best lines are from her

***Moran is a wickedly funny, highly intelligent writer and thinker; don't assume because this book is funny, it's not serious. It tackles everything from body image/hair/functions, to sex, marriage, kids and abortion. It is a perfect read for discussion with your closest friends as Moran talks about these subjects in intimate ways that many of us wish we could emmulate.

I find her views refreshing and bold--and comforting: it reminds us that being a woman--struggling to come into our womanhood--is traumatic, often gross, humilating and heartbreaking. Yet Moran reminds us we are not alone in our "female" struggles and ultimately, to find joy, in who and what we are.

Not for everyone's taste, but for those who jump in--I think you will enjoy the ride--this is a worthwhile read that absolutely needs to be discussed, laughed over, and debated.

posted by irishclaireKG on July 21, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Not funny

I was very excited to read this. Once I started I was disappointed almost immediately. I gave it a chance and kept plugging away at it hoping it would get funny. It never did. Had to stop reading it. It is very rare for me to not finish a book. Yes, it was that bad.

posted by 16613766 on August 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Not funny

    I was very excited to read this. Once I started I was disappointed almost immediately. I gave it a chance and kept plugging away at it hoping it would get funny. It never did. Had to stop reading it. It is very rare for me to not finish a book. Yes, it was that bad.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Do not waste your time

    All I can say about this book is that I with I had not bought it. It was boring to me.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Can not finish...

    Not good, do not buy!

    2 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

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    Nothing funny about it and I was disappointed. I was laughing l

    Nothing funny about it and I was disappointed. I was laughing like a maniac while reading Jenny Lawrence's book, I love Chelsea Handler and Jen Lancaster, I anticipated this book to be in that genre. Repulsive, nothing funny about it offensive, never cracked a smile.

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    I don't understand why these books are published... the world do

    I don't understand why these books are published... the world doesn't need to know about her abortion, and all other terrible things she's done.  

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    No Stars for You

    A MAJOR waste of my $ and time - one of the first books I couldn't even stand to read more than a few pages and I really did try!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Not funny

    LAME I WAS EXITED AT FIRST THEN AT THE BEGGING IT WAS LAME

    1 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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