The no.1 bestselling non-fiction hit! Tara Moss's first work of non-fiction - a fascinating mix of memoir and social comment - is sparking conversation all over the country. What are your fictions?
tara Moss has worn many labels in her time, including 'author', 'model', 'gold-digger', 'commentator', 'inspiration', 'dumb blonde', 'feminist' and 'mother', among many others. Now, in her first work of non-fiction, she blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women. She traces key moments in her life - from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the 90s, to bestselling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work - and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the under-representation of women, modern motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media. Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just tara Moss's own story. At once insightful, challenging and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.
'this book, part memoir, part manifesto, catapults [tara] into the frontline as a public commentator who demands serious attention. She is a welcome addition to any conversation about social justice, public ethics and the objectification of women, about which she knows a great deal.' Caroline Baum
'a nimbly argued, statistic-laden exploration of the various labels we give women and the impact this has on their lives' Catherine Keenan, ABC the Drum
'hits its mark with sharp-shooting precision ... Moss' skill is in marshalling the evidence and communicating it in a way that is accessible, warm, open, lucid and passionate ... Moss is a serious thinker' Dr Clare Wright, the Age
'An engaging mix of personal observation and well-structured argument and reasoning ... one of the most accessible texts on the subject of contemporary feminism, and I have been recommending to everyone I know, both women and men.' Good Reading
'this is a book which needs to be read by men and women. Well written, clearly argued, informative, powerful and thought provoking. Forget everything you thought you knew about tara Moss, with the Fictional Woman, tara sets the record straight and takes her place as one of our generations great commentators.' John Purcell, Booktopia
'the most insightful book about women since the Feminine Mystique' Eve Mahlab, AO
'this book will rejuvenate the feminist in you and make you proud to be one.' Professor Hannah Dahlen, Midwifery Matters
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Book Review: Fictional Woman by Tara Moss - Reviewed by RossH (20 Jun 2014)
This is an interesting, confronting and informative work. Tara Moss starts out with a memoir of sorts, documenting aspects of her early life, the move into modelling before giving that away to seek to become a full-time writer. In her public life, whether in print or in person, Moss always seems to come across as calm, collected, erudite and decidedly unflappable. This helped her develop a sense of being perceived as Teflon Tara, everything sliding off, leaving her unperturbed. But that is not the case. In The Fictional Woman, Moss reveals a lot about what drives her, the many labels that have been applied to her before then discussing those same labels as applying to society and women in general. She confronts subjects that are considered pretty much taboo, revealing her own, sometimes quite harsh experiences in those subjects. This book has a wide appeal.
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