Harper Perennial. Nov. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780062433756. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062433763. HUMOR
OrangeReviewStarIn both her previous essay collections and her best-selling novel, How To Build a Girl, British humorist, writer, and feminist Moran has won audiences over with her sharp wit and penetrating insights about modern-day sexism. And while she continues this conversation, her newest collection, which compiles her most recent columns from UK newspaper The Times, has more range as she examines the current state of Western culture and politics in general. Her message, or manifesto, persists in its tone of empowerment. She believes in her readers, and she believes that they, and not just the rich and connected, can and must be the catalysts of change. In this way, she brings to light how all political action, big or small, ultimately matters—an inspiring reminder, especially in today's uncertain political climate.
VERDICT It is difficult, and rare, to be both political and funny, critical yet inviting, but Moran handles this tension skillfully and she succeeds in at least compelling her readers to listen and read on, if not inspiring them into instant action.
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