"Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. She's the feminist rock star we need right now."-Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother "Caitlin Moran is so fabulous, so funny, so freshly feminist. I don't want to be like her-I want to be her." -Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter Caitlin Moran puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of women's issues today with her irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious How to Be a Woman. "Half memoir, half polemic, and entirely necessary," (Elle UK), Moran's debut was an instant runaway bestseller in England as well as an Amazon UK Top Ten book of the year; still riding high on bestseller lists months after publication, it is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Now poised to take American womanhood by storm, here is a book that Vanity Fair calls "the U.K. version of Tina Fey's Bossypants....You will laugh out loud, wince, and-in my case-feel proud to be the same gender as the author."
What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn't enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes--and build yourself.It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde--fast-talking, hard-drinking gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer--like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontës--but without the dying-young bit.By sixteen, she's smoking cigarettes, getting drunk, and working for a music paper. She's writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.But what happens when Johanna realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters, and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?Imagine The Bell Jar--written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant, and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it.
Possibly the only drawback about the bestsellingHow To Be A Womanwas that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. MORANTHOLOGYis proof that Caitlin can actually be #145;quite chatty#146; about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks #150; and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned. These other subjects include: Caffeine | Ghostbusters | Being Poor | Twitter | Caravans | Obama | Wales | Marijuana Addiction |Paul McCartney | The Welfare State | Sherlock | David Cameron Looking Like Ham | Amy Winehouse | Elizabeth Taylor#146;s Eyes | Michael Jackson#146;s Funeral | #145;The Big Society#146; | Big Hair | Nutter-letters | Failed Nicknames | Wolverhampton | Squirrels#146; Testicles | Sexy Tax | Binge-drinking | Chivalry | Rihanna#146;s Cardigan | Boris Johnson #150; Albino Shag-hound | Party Bags | Hot People| Transsexuals | The Gay Moon Landings | My Own, Untimely Death
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