This is another book that I will listen to again and again. I bought this one because it was a best seller, having never watched her on SNL and watched 30 rock a handful of times I wasn't sure what to expect. This has changed me into a 30 Rock fan as well as a Tina Fey fan and I really hope she writes another book!
If you are a huge Jen Lancaster fan like me (read all her books (sometimes twice), read ALL of her blog entries (again with the sometimes twice), I have even gone to a book signing, you are going to be a little disappointed to recognize ALOT of the stories that are in this book. I love hearing her read them but because I have already read them myself (sometimes twice...ok alot of times twice) I feel like I am hanging out with a friend who is telling me the same stories over and over and when she starts one I'm like, "Do I stop her and tell her I have heard this or be polite and just let her tell me again?"
That's the ONLY reason for the 3 stars.
If you are new to Jen or are maybe less familiar with her work ....you will love this!
I really enjoyed Tina Fey's book Bossypants and am a huge 30 Rock fan. I was never really into SNL so was less familiar with Rachel Dratch. This book is really funny and a great listen. I have run it twice and am pretty sure I'll be listening to it again in the future.
Usually I can't get through a book of comical columns. This is the rare exception. Caitlin touches on EVERYTHING a woman has ever grappled with, but rarely will bring up, even to her best friend. With every topic, with relentless British humor, she brings you to a place of seeing the most common of things totally differently. From Brazilian waxes to high heels to childbirth to one of the funniest, most astute pieces on relationships I've ever read, she irreverently tears the conventional, cultural norms to shreds and offers up a lucid, common sense look at things we too often inanely follow like lemmings.
While walking along the Pacific, listening to How To Be A Woman, a friend rode up on her bike. She's the same age as me, 59, has a successful business and who ran so much, prepping for a marathon to impress her kids, that she got plantar fasciitis. That was two months ago and she can still not walk far, never mind run. She breathlessly, sweating profusely, related how she goes to spin class three times a week, swims every day she can, and bikes umpteen miles to LOSE WEIGHT. This woman was, before she stated all this marathon training, MUCH THINNER THAN ME (and I'm a person whom no one considers fat, ok, except me,) and married to a guy who adores her no matter what she weighs. Having been quite happy race walking in the sunshine by the sea, I would have instantly switched to feeling like a clumsy elephant if it weren't for this book, to which I was listening. Caitlin is my heroine. She brings the insanity women just take for granted front and center and kept making me say to myself, "Well, of course!"
This book also provoked numerous discussions with friends and family; the most amazing conversations about subjects we'd never touched before. This is such a mind opening book, so informative, while causing one to constantly laugh out loud (which is no simple feat for a book.)
The first chapter is deceptive and Caitlin, stand up comedian she is, can be a bit loud. But stick with it, please, and then laugh your head off and, if you're a woman, be prepared to feel far more secure in your own sneakers than you did at the start. If you're a man, be prepared to actually start to understand those female enigmas around you. And no matter who you are, you will, without a doubt, look at everything around you in a whole new light.