Yes, I read all of the negative reviews at the top of this book's page on Goodreads. I still loved it. I think the book's failing is entirely in its t...moreYes, I read all of the negative reviews at the top of this book's page on Goodreads. I still loved it. I think the book's failing is entirely in its title. People go into it thinking that it will be an instructional book that will tell them how to be a woman, when really it's a memoir, telling us about the author's life, with a lot of opinions added throughout. And don't forget -- that's all they are and all they ever claimed to be: opinions. The author is merely expressing the way SHE believes is the best way to live HER life, and she is passing these ideas along to anyone who will listen in the hopes that she can help someone who is questioning how to live her own life.
Now, I did read the American publication of this book. I read in some of the reviews that there were some politically incorrect terms used, and I saw the places where some of them should have been, but they seem to have been edited out in this version of the book. My opinion about her political incorrectness is that we should take it with a grain of salt. She's human and humans make mistakes. It hasn't become widely known that words like "retarded" are considered offensive, and she may have grown up using that word, thus her use of it in her writing. Lots of "great" writers who have great ideas to present have made some really offensive statements in the past. I feel that Moran's politically incorrect statements are problematic, but not enough so that we should disregard the entire book.
Though I usually have strict personal guidelines for grammar, spelling, and such, I actually found myself okay with Moran's very casual writing style. She did use an awful lot of capitalization, but that just felt like it gave insight into her excitable personality. I also liked the format she used in her chapters. She would begin each chapter by telling us something about her experience with , and then she would tell us her personal opinions about said problems or aspects of female society. Examples include bras, body hair, periods, strip clubs, childbirth, etc. By formatting her chapters in this way, readers are able to see context for her opinions.
In the end, I feel that whether you agree or disagree with Moran's opinions, it was good for her to get those opinions out there in print just in case they helped a few women who were lost and didn't know how to feel about themselves or society. Or even if they didn't help anyone at all (which I doubt), at least Moran added some interesting points to the discourse about the female gender and its treatment in society.
Now, if only she knew Amanda Palmer instead of Lady Gaga. That would have made for a much more interesting chapter about women in entertainment.(less)
Before I review this book, you should know two things: I am working on my Master's Degree in English, and I have recently been diagnosed with fibromya...moreBefore I review this book, you should know two things: I am working on my Master's Degree in English, and I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
From an academic standpoint, this book is TERRIBLE. It's 30 pages long -- no more than a lengthy essay, really. The book has apparently not been edited at all. A quick google search of the publisher reveals that this book was published by a self-publishing company (whatever that means). If the author didn't repeat herself so often the book would be much, much smaller than 30 pages. It's frustrating -- let's leave it at that.
That said, I was able to finish this book because, as a fibro sufferer, I could relate to some of the things she said. For that reason, I would actually recommend this book to someone who wishes to know more about what it is like to have fibromyalgia, though I would give them a good disclaimer about the lack of editing. Unfortunately, there aren't many books about fibromyalgia out there yet, so this will have to do for now.(less)
I am currently being treated for Fybromyalgia, and when I began the treatment I went to Amazon to find some good books to read on the subject. This wa...moreI am currently being treated for Fybromyalgia, and when I began the treatment I went to Amazon to find some good books to read on the subject. This was one of the more highly recommended books, so I picked up a copy. The book is true to its title -- it gives you the basic, essential things that you need to know about your condition, as well as tips and suggested coping mechanisms. I was especially interested in the diet section. Being a vegetarian, it was surprising to me to see that eggplant can, for some people, be a pain trigger.
This is a small book, but I thought it was very helpful regardless, and its compact size makes it easy to carry it in my purse when I go to doctor's appointments.(less)
This is a very well organized and complete checklist of ponies and their accessories from the G1 era. Each pony has a picture, and some accessories ar...moreThis is a very well organized and complete checklist of ponies and their accessories from the G1 era. Each pony has a picture, and some accessories are pictured as well. The pictures are also fairly high quality, and you can definitely identify each pony by the picture shown. The ponies and accessories all have tentative prices and values included, though if you want to find an accurate price for your pony at this exact moment, doing a little research on ebay, etc. would be a good idea.
I do have to say that this is a very good book to use when organizing your collection, and every MLP collector should own a copy!
Note, however, that international ponies are not listed in this book. These are all American releases.(less)
I hadn't realized just what an important impact Margaret Sanger had on our history and current lives until I decided to write a paper on her. For my p...moreI hadn't realized just what an important impact Margaret Sanger had on our history and current lives until I decided to write a paper on her. For my paper, I read this book, and I am so glad I did -- from reading Sanger's own words about her life and her mission, I feel that I have connected with a very powerful, amazing woman.(less)