by Caitlin Moran
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Description: The very best of Caitlin Moran – in the first ever collection of her writing.
‘In How To Be a Woman, I was limited to a single topic: women. Their hair, their shoes and their crushes on Aslan from The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (which I KNOW to be universal).
‘However! In my new book Moranthology – as the title suggests – I am set free to tackle THE REST OF THE WORLD: Ghostbusters, Twitter, caffeine, panic attacks, Michael Jackson’s memorial service, being a middle-class marijuana addict, Doctor Who, binge-drinking, Downton Abbey, pandas, my own tragically early death, and my repeated failure to get anyone to adopt the nickname I have chosen for myself: ‘Puffin’.
‘I go to a sex-club with Lady Gaga, cry on Paul McCartney’s guitar, get drunk with Kylie, appear on Richard & Judy as a gnome, climb into the TARDIS, sniff Sherlock Holmes’s pillows at 221b Baker Street, write Amy Winehouse’s obituary, turn up late to Downing Street for Gordon Brown, and am rudely snubbed at a garden party by David Cameron –although that’s probably because I called him ‘A C3PO made of ham’. Fair enough.
‘And, in my spare time – between hangovers – I rant about the welfare state, library closures and poverty; like a shit Dickens or Orwell, but with tits.
The Good Stuff
- Call me Caitlin we would sooo get along - even better I say we do a Girls Night Out with Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Jenny Lawson, you and me. It would be - to quotes m 4 yr old - EPIC!
- Laugh out loud funny yet touching and honest
- Vicki told me I would love it and she was right -- thanks for the chat about this author that night at Lemony Snickett
- The night time conversations between Caitlin and her hubby are hilarious
- The MTV Hoes piece is right on - nicely written Caitlin
- The girl is real people - she says it like it is
- The women has mad love for Libraries - that is all you need to know - anyone who loves libraries this much has to be truly awesome
- That's it I have to watch Doctor Who and Sherlock
- Self deprecating - you know I love that in a person
- Do you know how hard it was to choose only 3 quotes
- It ended
- Dammit I have enough books to read, now I have to buy "How to be a Woman"
"However many terrible, rankling, peeve-inducing things may occur, there are always libraries."
"But one of the things I most love about this country is that we do not, will not, stare at each other. The British will not spend all day gawking at each other in the drizzle, however odd we may look. The entire cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert could roll into Starbucks, with candy-colored cockatiels flying out of their hair, and -after a brief glance upwards- everyone would studiously go back to reading their papers, as if the door had merely been blown open by the wind. In a cramped, crowded nation, we know the essence of politeness is ignoring pretty much everyone around us."
"A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead. A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a consumer with a credit card and an inchoate "need" for "stuff""
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- If you don't like this I don't think we could be friends
- It's on my staff picks people - you know you have to read it
I received from HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review - thanks Shannon!!!