The follow-up to Caitlin Moran's breakout hit, How to Be a Woman—A hilarious collection of award-winning columns, available to American readers for the first time ever.
Possibly the only drawback to the bestselling How to Be a Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. Moranthology is proof that Caitlin can actually be "quite chatty" about many other things, including cultural, social, and political issues that are usually the province of learned professors or hot-shot wonks—and not of a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar and got it stoned. Caitlin ruminates on—and sometimes interviews—subjects as varied as caffeine, Keith Richards, Ghostbusters, Twitter, transsexuals, the welfare state, the royal wedding, Lady Gaga, and her own mortality, to name just a few. With her unique voice, Caitlin brings insight and humor to everything she writes.
Moran, a novelist and career pop culture critic, doesn't consider herself one of the "professional political people," but emboldened by the success of her 2011 book How to Be a Woman a feminist manifesto, of sorts she's taken on even more tough topics, including political ones, in this collection of her columns from the Times of London. The collection is organized loosely into themes such as "change" and "arguing on the Internet," with new introductions that tie everything together. Moran touches on a wide array of topics, including Daft Punk's hit song "Get Lucky," Hillary Clinton, social media, class differences, and abortion. Moran's endless sense of humor, enthusiasm for punching upward, and liberal use of the word you makes reading the collection like hanging out with a loud and chatty friend ("WHERE ARE THE SEXY BITS?" she demands of Tolstoy's War and Peace, in an essay on the importance of reading). Readers don't have to be interested in or knowledgeable about everything she references (such as U.K. politics) to have fun with Moran, but they do need a silly sense of humor.