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More Than a Woman

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  4,519 ratings  ·  490 reviews
A Good Morning America September Book Pick

The author of the international bestseller How to Be a Woman returns with another “hilarious neo-feminist manifesto” (NPR) in which she reflects on parenting, middle-age, marriage, existential crises—and, of course, feminism.

A decade ago, Caitlin Moran burst onto the scene with her instant bestseller, How to Be a Woman, a hilarious
Paperback, 252 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Harper Perennial
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Caroline O'Donoghue
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a female columnist, I can't critique Caitlin Moran without feeling like I'm a busker yelling notes to Hendrix. My notes are useless, and ultimately, she can't hear me. My interest in feminism began largely because Caitlin Moran wrote How To Be A Woman ten years ago, and I've had a career in journalism that largely exists because Moran helped establish a category that made it possible. The cultural debt I owe to Moran is insurmountable, and even though I don't read her so much these days, I st ...more
Sonja Arlow
The book started off rubbing me the wrong way.

The author and I are the same age and she started the book lamenting about the aches and pains everyone her age is feeling. She particularly focused on a hip pain she had, and I was doing all sorts of internal eye-rolling. And what happened? Not 24 hours later and I woke up with hip pain – serves me right for hip-shaming her.

Only after the first 20% did the book take off for me but after that I loved everything about it. Even if a big chunk is writt
Tera Pate
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aug-dec-2020
I never thought I would meet a book about women that managed to catalogue every problem that a modern woman goes through in an average day. I was wrong.

Moran’s look at modern woman is breath-taking in its scope. She covers everything from botox to helping a loved one cope with an eating disorder. Subject matter is treated humorously (where do alcohol enzymes go as you get older?) and seriously (why are women not paid for the caregiving that they pay others to do?) in order to approach subjects w
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn't wild about the first chapter or so - it just felt a bit like CM was trying too hard. But I'm so happy I stuck with this audio as the rest of the book more than makes up for the over the top start.

Being the same age as the author, there was so much I could relate to. Although she has a brilliant sense of humor, and had me smiling most of the time, there were also some chapters that had me swallowing back tears, most notably The Hour of Missing the Children and The Hour of "What about the
Eve Dangerfield
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot be unbiased about Caitlin Moran. She is one of the literary lights of my life. I love this book and her. She is my role model. I'm so happy she exists. I want her to write and release journalism/autobiography/social observation novels forever. ...more
Alex Kogay
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
So here’s the thing - objectively this book is funny and insightful and so well written I want to befriend the author and convince her to narrate my life.
But! This is not a community & culture book. This is a memoir because no matter how relatable it is, it casts tooooooo many generalization on what it’s like to be a woman or more than a woman. It’s almost the exact opposite of the X+Y book I read last month. It might be accurate and it is shedding light on certain issues that no one talks abou
Jo Coleman
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a stingy three stars for the chapters which read like she's putting the world to rights in the pub, but five stars for the chapters on her daughter's eating disorder, which were very moving. The women she's writing for are mostly married with children (hmm, does that make me less than a woman?), but all the mums I know deserve such a cheerful, sympathetic and frequently outraged champion. And I like the idea of embracing my middle-aged destiny as a Hag. ...more
Charlotte Burt
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how she doesn't pull any punches or hide anything about herself. It reads like a chatty letter from a friend who always makes you laugh. She is fearless, bold, uncompromising and hilarious. ...more
A crotchety, shouty middle-aged delight. It’s been a long time since I read a book that made me chortle out loud. Unexpectedly moving too, as in the chapters dealing with her daughter’s eating disorder. I didn’t relate to each and every aspect of the book, but I’m at least partly in her demographic and there were certainly nods of recognition and cries of ‘It ME!’ throughout. And always nice to hear of a fellow obsessive list-keeper.
Charlotte Petter
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I wanted to love this book. I adored How to be a Woman; I look forward each week to her Saturday column; and Celebrity Watch always makes me laugh.

But... I’m not sure that I loved this. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Her writing is as witty and brilliant as ever (for example, “To run a household is to feel like a tidal wave of stuff enters the house, every day, that you, Canute-like, are constantly trying to repel, or order, or throw away; only to be buffeted by the next new wave.”).
Reannon Bowen
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s not a thing Caitlin Moran writes that I’m not a fan of. So many times while reading f this book I was saying in my head “ YES!!! This is me!!!” Her writing makes me fell less alone, gives me more self belief & just makes me feel damn good about being a woman. Oh, and she is as funny AF.
Tina Rae
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all women
I can't even begin to tell you how AMAZING this book is!! This memoir/self help book/feminist manifesto is so wonderful and hilarious and just so, so real.

I laughed through this entire book (and also definitely cried some!) but also reaaaally identified with it. There are a lot of sections about social issues that we just don't talk about but all of it needed to be said. And it was all said in such a real way that I was just nodding my head and saving certain passages to be revisited later. So e
4.5 stars, rounded up.

I love Caitlin Moran. As every other book of hers, this one too made me laugh so hard I cried and moved me so much I cried.

When reading this, be aware that she is not writing about universal experiences (of course there is nothing that would actually qualify as a universal experience). She is writing about women like herself: cis, straight, white, middle-aged and comfortable middle class in a wealthy nation, more precisely, England. But, I would argue, she is not only writ
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I NEVER give 5 stars but this is full of so much wit, wisdom and warmth, that I just couldn't give it anything less. ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Caitlin Moran is a goddess and everything she writes is spot on. Makes me a little anxious about the next few years of parenting and life.
Katie Stanton
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve always enjoyed Caitlin Moran’s books but I didn’t find this one as un-put-downable as the others. This could be because I’m not the target audience (I’m early 30s) but I found some of the writing rushed and too conversational. The book is ultimately a collection of essays, each chapter covering a different topic and never touching on it again. Some chapters are really important, especially those about her daughter’s eating disorder, cancel culture and why men tend to feel that “feminism has ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audible Audio. 10 stars out of 5—it’s that good. I’ve read Moran’s other memoirs/essays and this is my favorite of the bunch. She might very well be the wisest woman on earth. No one can make you feel better about being yourself than she can, while laughing out loud, crying, and vigorously nodding your head in agreement all at the same time. Her essay on how men are also victims of the patriarchy will break your heart. Her advice on aging will make you hopeful—dare I say excited?—about getting o ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My rabid fangirling around Caitlin Moran has been dampened in recent years, she is flawed, like all of us, but this book is almost perfect. This is going to be my go-to manual of how to be a middle aged woman (I have to admit, I’m already there) as well as my manifesto on how to parent teenage girls. I laughed hard for most of this but the chapters (hours) about her daughter’s eating disorder were absolutely heartbreaking. I want to read it again and again.

Vikki Littlemore
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
I fell in love with Caitlin Moran in 2004, working at my first office job, and once a week when it was my turn to cover the lunch-hour on Reception, I would "borrow" the copy of The Times left in Reception for Clients to read, and I would read Caitlin's column surreptitiously under the desk, trying to stifle my laughter, and gasps of righteous recognition. In 2020, we say "I felt seen". I've bought a copy of The Times religiously every week ever since then. In 2011 when Caitlin released How to B ...more
Melanie Sligh
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review: 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️/5

Y’all, I wasn’t even in the first paragraph without a snort coming out. However, this book was so much more. I feel like we went though every issue I, or a friend, has gone through, and felt not alone in this world.

To sum up this book, it’s relatable. Moran talked about gendered stereotypes and how we’re book in this because of our gender. I always yell like Gillian at TCO, “Let the women do the work!” And I’m so glad this was discussed in depth how just becaus
Michael Marshall
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is by turns funny, insightful and heartbreaking. The main argument she's making is that middle-aged women find themselves taking on enormous and multifarious responsibilities, often with little or no thanks or reward, or even acknowledgment. Moran has always been funny, and her description of her and her husband waiting with bated breath for their kids to get on the school bus so they could have a hasty pre-work shag was everything you'd expect. But she also doesn't pull her punches when sh ...more
Moran tackles middle aged life with her usual insights and witticisms. I don't have children so couldn't identify fully with some of her issues but I've seen friends and family deal with their offspring. Moran is always entertaining but also gives food for thought. ...more
Wendy Storey
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew this would be brilliant and it was. At times it made me cry and laugh. I read it slowly and eeked out the chapters as I didn't want it to finish. Caitlin Moran has the answers and makes you feel brilliant for just being a woman...more than a woman. Might just start again from the beginning! ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I gasped and I felt the pain of my childhood traumas as well as my motherhood traumas - I’m living and loving my hag life. Thank you to my wonderful daughter for buying me this book. It’s not just feminism it’s humanism.
Anna Oestmann
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've never read something so funny and so true. Tackles everything from the scariest topics to the most mundane. Utterly brilliant- I love her and want her to be my friend! ...more
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this. Definitely doing a podcast episode on this. This is the best thing I've read from her yet😍 ...more
Renay Russell
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Worth a read. I had read her How to be a Woman years ago and this is a great sequel.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took a while to get into this one but once I did, it was brilliant - so much to absorb and reflect on and work into my world view. This one will stay with me for a long time.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I fully admit that I am the target audience for this book and it is probably why I loved it so much. I’m growing up alongside her from HTBAW a decade ago until now. Large nuggets of wisdom. Hysterical, laugh out loud (and we all need a laugh right now) yet softer and more vulnerable as well. It was just what I needed for right now. She is still raging but she is hopeful and insightful.
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Than a Woman starts off hysterically funny. I think I laughed out loud at least once every chapter. However, the last part of the book turns more serious as Ms. Moran discusses her daughter's struggles with an eating disorder. Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it to be truthful, relevant, and thought provoking. ...more
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Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times – both as a TV critic and also ...more

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