I’ve been reading a lot of books lately by interesting, hilarious and intelligent women.
There is an abundance of riches right now in the memoir/essay category, which is my favorite genre. A cornucopia of badassery, if you will.
1.) How To Be A Woman by Caitlan Moran. (pronounced Cat-lin)
If you like British humor and I very much do, and if you at all consider yourself a feminist, this cyclone bullet of a memoir is a must buy.
At times I adored Moran so much I wanted to eat her like a cheese lollipop, other times I honestly cringed, but she is simply fascinating, brave, bold and important.
If you read Tina Fey’s book and thought she was ballsy, this will blow you away.
Moran covers very touchy subjects including her view on modern porn and its effect on women and abortion, her own, after becoming a mother.
It’s pretty grisly and I will be using birth control even as I approach the sunset of my minge.
Her birth story is one of the worst I’ve ever heard that resulted in a healthy child. My personal nightmare that didn’t come true for me. How lucky I was.
I didn’t always agree with Caitlan, but I was riveted. Riveted. It’s also laugh out loud funny.
Stick your hand in your pants, do you have a vagina? If yes, then I would read this book.
2.) Yes, Please by Amy Poehler.
It’s been said that women love Amy Poehler and I think that’s generally true.
I like her TV show Parks and Recreation and I love her hosting awards shows with Tina Fey (together, they are the best hosts evah,) I enjoyed her on SNL, but I’m really not crazy about her Old Navy commercials.
However. Her book is fantastic. It’s very, very funny and full of solid life advice, plus Amy has “the Angelina Jolie of vaginas.”
My only complaint about this book is that Poehler apologizes for it too much in the forward, she doesn’t need to at all. It may have been hard to write, as she writes that it was, but it’s must read.
I’m sad she got a divorce from Will Arnett, but the silver lining is how beautifully she writes about her pain, I bet it’s helping a lot of other people.
Here’s a quote on her divorce which applies to other big things in life that break your heart:
“Someday you will wake up feeling 51 percent happy and slowly, molecule by molecule, you will feel like yourself again.”
Some other Amy quotes:
“Your brain is not your friend when you need to apologize.”
“Fighting aging is like the War on Drugs. It’s expensive, does more harm than good, and has been proven to never end.”