Book of the Year: How to Be a Woman

Book of the Year: How to Be a Woman
Caitlin Moran
Reviewed by Ed Wood
Ebury
Thu, 16/06/2011
9780091940737
£11.99

The We Love This Book team chooses its books of the year for 2011

An obvious choice, granted, but so refreshing was it to see an intelligent and funny bestseller that dared to employ the word ‘feminism’ as a means of self-empowerment, without caveats or self-flagellation, that it’s impossible not to pick How to Be a Woman as one of the books of the year.

Moran combines memoir with acute observations about gender relationships and the state of modern feminine existence, the first producing some eye-opening honesty on subjects like abortion and masturbation. She’s a heroine to a generation of young women; reading the book, and speaking as a (relatively) young man, one yearns to be a young woman if only to have such a witty voice talking straight to our souls.

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