Moranifesto

Narrated by: Joanna Neary
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of How to Be a Woman and Moranthology comes a collection of Caitlin Moran's award-winning London Times columns that takes a clever, hilarious look at celebrities, society, and the wacky world we live in today - including three major new pieces exclusive to this book.

When Caitlin Moran sat down to choose her favorite pieces for her new book, she realized that they all shared a common theme - the same old problems and the same old asshats. Then she thought of the word Moranifesto, and she knew what she had to do....

Introducing every piece and weaving her writing together into a brilliant, seamless narrative - just as she did in Moranthology - Caitlin combines the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book as she offers a characteristically fun and witty look at the news, celebrity culture, and society. Featuring strong and important pieces on poverty, the media, and class, Moranifesto also focuses on how socially engaged we've become as a society.

And, of course, Caitlin is never afraid to address the big issues, such as Benedict Cumberbatch and duffel coats. Who else but Caitlin Moran - a true modern Renaissance woman - could deal with topics as pressing and diverse as the beauty of musicals, affordable housing, Daft Punk, and why the Internet is like a drunken toddler?

Covering everything from Hillary Clinton to UTIs, Caitlin's manifesto is an engaging and mischievous rallying call for our times.

©2016 Casa Bevron, Ltd. (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Full of witty "moranicisms"

Having read and loved both “How to Build a Woman” and “How to be a Girl” by Ms. Moran, I was excited when I saw this collection of her pieces from the Times of London, where she has been writing an Op-Ed column for many years. I enjoyed this book immensely, not only because it was full of witty “moranicisms” (my word—but Caitlin, go ahead and use it for your next book title if you want!) but more because of the wide range of topics covered. From pop culture subjects like David Bowie and 5:2 diets to world issues like Syrian refugees and the Charlie Hebdo massacre, her eloquence and passion shine through.

Some of my favorite pieces in the collection:

Part One “The Twenty-First Century, Where We Live” is mostly focused on pop culture. In the wonderfully silly “I Can’t Stop Listening to Get Lucky” Moran unabashedly describes being so hooked on a pop song that she listens to it literally hundreds times in a week. Weirdly, at the time I read this chapter, I was obsessively listening to the soundtrack for “La La Land” and trying to memorize the words to its opening song, “Another Day of Sun.” I didn’t count the number of times I listened, but it’s got to be close to 50 times and it’s still not out of my system. I hear it in the background of my mind as I am meditating. I caught it in the sound system at the mall the other day and stood there until the song was over. I just can’t get enough of it. In fact, I think I’ll boot it up right now and listen as I finish this review.

Part Two “The Feminisms” was chock-full of great passages, I really can’t pick just one as my favorite. As with her previous books, Moran is not afraid to say out loud things that are very seldom discussed, even today, such as menstruation, rape and abortion. And she is so good at writing about these things that more than once, I found myself silently weeping, feeling that she had touched a part of me that no one had touched before, a secret female place that I knew existed but had not dared expose. Moran not only dares to expose, she blows hurricane-force gales of fresh air into the darkest corners of the lives of women and says, it does not have to be like this. We can change this. And with someone like Moran leading the charge, maybe things will change.

Part Three “The Future” deals primarily with serious political issues but also touches on other topics. The piece from this section that I found the most thought-provoking was “The Poor are Clever.” Drawing on her own upbringing in government-subsidized, low-income housing, Moran points out the many ways in which people living in poverty are, in fact, much more resourceful and ingenious than are those of us living a middle-or upper-middle class life. The many ways in which we look down on and blame people living in poverty as less intelligent, less ambitious and less deserving was never more clear to me than after reading this piece.

[I listened to this as an audiobook performed by Joanna Neary, who did an excellent job. I would highly recommend the audio version, it enhances Ms. Moran’s lets-sit-down-in-a-pub-and chat style.]

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Why?

Nothing against Ms. Neary at all, but why did Ms. Moran not narrate this? After the last two gut-busting, laugh til I cried audiobooks with the author's unique voice, this feels like less. Which is entirely unfair of me, but there we are once expectations have been set. Will give it a go and report back on it. UPDATE: If anyone other than the author had to read this, they chose a brilliant substitute for Ms. Moran. Ms. Neary is fantastic.

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Brilliant and funny

Caitlin Moran's writing is new to me. I find it interesting, thought provoking, lyrical and wildly funny.

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Such a positive, funny voice in the world

I got Caitlin’s “How To Be a Woman” years ago and remember laughing a ton and relating to her so much. I’ve been on a heavy sci-fi kick and was looking for something lighter and more down-to-earth. This hits the spot. Caitlin is a feminist that loves the world and is able to discuss our most depressing problems in a way that doesn’t bring you down. I love her outlook and incredible insight. I will listen to her again and again and gift this to my daughter someday.

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I love this collection of stories & guided explanations via the author. It's an interesting format & I rather enjoyed it. Can't wait to read her next book!

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great collection, better because it's Read by the author

Had a great time listening, she makes me lol and think hard about issues that are dear to my heart and some i did not know i could empathize!