Tina Fey vs Caitlin Moran

Some time ago I recommended Tina Fey's book Bossypants to a friend, and she in turn recommended Caitlin Moran's How To Be a Woman.  I have since read and enjoyed both.  There are some striking similarities between the two books.  Both are written by intelligent, liberal comediennes and are billed as being part memoir and part rant.  They also cover the same theme of what it is to be a modern woman.  Topics covered include stereotypes, expectations, childhood memories, prejudice from men, prejudice from women, puberty, relationships, careers, celebrity, motherhood and fashion.
The main difference between the two books is the nationality of the authors.  Tina Fey is an American, known for her work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Caitlin Moran is an English music writer and columnist for the Times.  The more down-to-earth, less puritanical  nature of English people shows is Moran's writing.  She covers personal topics with a lot more openness than Fey and her honesty is quite brave.
My favourite of the two would be How To Be a Woman.  I couldn't put it down and read it in a day.  Moran's book is funnier and also more thought-provoking.  Her argument about how Brazilians (the grooming system, not the nationality) are psychologically damaging to children is quite compelling.  Ask me to explain it some time - or better yet, read the book!


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