Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review: Moranthology by Caitlin Moran


Yesterday I reviewed Moran's summer release, How To Be A Woman, and today I'm reviewing Moranthology, which is a collection of columns and articles written by Moran on everything from popular culture (Twitter, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Sherlock) to celebrities (Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney) to serious cultural issues (welfare, library closures, feminism).

Writing
Lots of these articles are hilarious, but since it's not straight-up humor, I'm going to separate my reviews for writing and entertainment value, although both are raves.  I mentioned in my review yesterday that many of the critiques of Moran's other book revolve around her sense of humor and whether or not it is tasteful.  Sense of humor aside, this book shows that Moran can write.  Her article on library closures in particular highlights her talent for thoughtful commentary.  And it doesn't hurt that her funny articles are laugh out loud hilarious. 

Entertainment Value
You saw above that she discusses Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and Sherlock, right?  Is there even a need for me to write anything else in this section?  My three favorite shows and she is obsessed with all of them.  I think she and I could totally be BFFs and discuss our mutual love for Sherlock, pop culture ridiculousness, the Dowager Countess, and women being treated with respect. 

Overall
Love, love, love.  While yesterday's recommendation came with the caveat that Moran's humor can be less than clean and her language isn't always the most lady-like, these articles have all been published in widely-read magazines and newspapers and, therefore, tend to be more appealing to those who may not have appreciated How To Be A Woman as much due to the content.  There's still some bad language, but overall the book has a much more...family friendly tone than How To Be A Woman.  I plan on forcing Bestie to AT LEAST read the reviews of Sherlock that are included.

Thanks to Harper Perennial for sending me a copy to review!

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