The bestselling author of How to Be a Woman (2012) compiles columns on all aspects of life into one giant explosion of thoughts.
Quirky, funny, stupid, serious, compassionate, and thoughtful are just some of the adjectives necessary to describe Moran’s (How to Build a Girl, 2014, etc.) British-centric compilation of essays on just about anything that has happened to her. Want to know her thoughts on cystitis, printers, the 5:2 diet (“wherein the dieter eats perfectly normally for five days of the week—then spends the remaining two days on a very restrictive diet”), the song “Get Lucky,” seven things about fashion every woman should know, or Lena Dunham and Girls? Look no further. Interested in Moran’s take on Margaret Thatcher’s death, bus tour guides, how she learned about sex, or her love for David Bowie? That’s here as well. Fortunately, the author does delve into more than these fluff pieces, addressing tough issues like rape, female genital mutilation, what it means to be a feminist, the body issues women face, immigration, war, terrorism, and the problems with social media, including the ease with which people can harass others online. The tone is satirical, humorous, serious, or snarky, depending on the topic. Some of the commentaries include locker-room humor, which sits awkwardly next to the more significant discussions of important issues. In attempting to address everything and find a common theme, “the same old problems and the same old asshats,” Moran has created a mishmash that leaves readers laughing one minute and begging for more seriousness the next. Her observations on somber topics are the highlights, giving readers a better sense of the compassionate, intelligent woman behind the prose.
Up-and-down, humorous and/or serious essays that run through the gauntlet that comprises life.