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The truth will set you free, some say. In Moran's case, it will make you guffaw. The British columnist is nothing if not bracingly honest, from her commentaries on Keith Richards (everything he says is in the cadence of Pirate ) to her own sartorial insecurities ( I need to know if I look like some manner of 'Lady Ace Ventura Pet Detective' ). In this follow-up to How to Be a Woman (2012), Moran once again opines on American and British pop culture, touting Ghostbusters as the greatest film of all time (against which Star Wars doesn't stand a chance) and BBC smash hit Sherlock as the television program that puts all others to shame. (It doesn't hurt that its star, Benedict Cumberbatch, is a total hunk.) Moran has some serious moments, too, including a paean to the power of local libraries cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. This witty and wise collection is sure to expand Moran's fan base on this side of the pond.--Block, Allison Copyright 2010 Booklist
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British journalist Moran's (How To Be a Woman) award-winning columns for The Times are available here for an American audience for the first time. In the introduction, she declares her intentions to write "a collection of instances of how brilliant the world often is." To that end, she covers topics that range from her personal history (being homeschooled in a housing project in the industrial city of Wolverhampton, her work interviewing musicians including Keith Richards and Lady Gaga), social issues (benefit reform, the welfare state, the importance of libraries, particularly to poor communities; she describes them as places "where the wealthy's taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary"), and cultural matters (Michael Jackson's funeral, her unexpected delight in the role-playing game World of Warcraft, how very, very good Stephen Moffat's Sherlock is). Each essay offers readers a look at the world from the perspective of someone who is sharply intelligent, deeply kind, and extremely funny. Verdict A must read for anyone who enjoys topical humor, personal narrative, or any kind of cracking good story.-Stephanie Klose, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.