Here’s a situation we’ve all been in: you’re nearing the end of your Christmas shopping list and you come to the name of a confident female relative or friend who has feminist leanings and likes a good laugh. Well, aren’t you lucky- because I’ve got just the thing!

I’ll let Caitlin Moran tell you about her 2011 book, How to be a Woman.

It’s a snarky, charming look at modern feminism and where we need to go from here. Moran gets very personal in points, and makes me laugh like a loon throughout. She’s very honest about her opinions and her spunk makes the book easy to ready.

Side note: I’ve never read a book that quick in years.

I should note that Moran is fantastically funny, brutally honest, potty-mouthed, quirky and 100% a real woman. Reading this book helped me cement my feminist leanings. I’m no longer afraid to say “I’m a feminist!” and have people think, “Gosh, I assume she’s a lesbian.”

Feminism isn’t about hating men. It’s about, as Moran’s husband pointed out, just being nice to everyone equally.

So, if you’re looking to read something funny or are buying for a woman (or man, or human) this Christmas, I can’t recommend How to be a Woman enough.

(Don’t be afraid, friends. Moran is indeed very British. There are a few references you won’t get. Just keep reading, you’ll figure it out.)

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.


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Hi, I'm Jill! I'm an author, a Lazy Historian, a web/graphic designer, a bookworm and a hobby addict. I live in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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