- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (August 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780307264558
- ISBN-13: 978-0307264558
- ASIN: 0307264556
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 950 customer reviews
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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 1, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Toni BentleyThe honest truth is that it's sad to be over sixty," concludes Nora Ephron in her sparkling new book about aging. With 15 essays in 160 pages, this collection is short, a thoughtful concession to pre- and post-menopausal women (who else is there?), like herself, who "can't read a word on the pill bottle," follow a thought to a conclusion, or remember the thought after not being able to read the pill bottle. Ephron drives the truth home like a nail in your soon-to-be-bought coffin: "Plus, you can't wear a bikini." But just as despair sets in, she admits to using "quite a lot of bath oil... I'm as smooth as silk." Yes, she is. This is aging lite—but that might be the answer. Besides, there's always Philip Roth for aging heavy.Ephron, in fact, offers a brief anecdote about Roth, in a chapter on cooking, concerning her friend Jane, who had a one-night stand, long ago, with the then "up-and-coming" writer. He gave Jane a copy of his latest book. "Take one on your way out," he said. Conveniently, there was a box of them by the front door. Ephron refuses to analyze—one of her most refreshing qualities—and quickly moves on to Jane's céleri remoulade.Aging, according to Ephron, is one big descent—and who would argue? (Well, okay—but they'd lose the argument if they all got naked.) There it is, the steady spiraling down of everything: body and mind, breasts and balls, dragging one's self-respect behind them. Ephron's witty riffs on these distractions are a delightful antidote to the prevailing belief that everything can be held up with surgical scaffolding and the drugs of denial. Nothing, in the end, prevents the descent. While signs of mortality proliferate, Ephron offers a rebuttal of consequence: an intelligent, alert, entertaining perspective that does not take itself too seriously. (If you can't laugh, after all, you are already, technically speaking, dead.) She does, however, concede that hair maintenance—styling, dyeing, highlighting, blow-drying—is a serious matter, not to mention the expense. "Once I picked up a copy of Vogue while having my hair done, and it cost me twenty thousand dollars. But you should see my teeth." Digging deeper, she discovers that your filthy, bulging purse containing numerous things you don't need—and couldn't find if you did—is, "in some absolutely horrible way, you." Ephron doesn't shy away from the truth about sex either, and confesses, though with an appropriate amount of shame, that despite having been a White House intern in 1961, she did not have an affair with JFK. May Ephron, and her purse, endure so she can continue to tell us how it goes. Or, at least, where it went. Toni Bentley is the author, most recently, of Sisters of Salome and The Surrender, an Erotic Memoir. She is writing about Emma, Lady Hamilton, for the Eminent Lives series.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Nora Ephron, best known for her screenplays When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Silkwood and best sellers Heartburn and Crazy Salad, has written a sort of Ephron retrospective. Though humorously self-deprecating and poignant, critics agree that the essays, some published previously,are uneven. Readers may love "I Hate My Purse"unless they find it outdated. Other essays came off as vain, stale, or elitist in their carefree attitude toward luxury items. Only "Considering the Alternative" received uniform praise for its generous introspection. Despite the collection's lightweight feel, Ephron still writes "like someone who has something useful and important to tell her readers" (Los Angeles Times). "When your children are teenagers," for example, "it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you."
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.
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I eventually got a hold of this book as an audiobook, and when I had to go down to the DMV to renew my license, it made the time go by so much faster. I chuckled out loud so many times while in line, I think people wanted me dead for having any sort of fun at the DMV.
But at the same time, Ephron managed to make me cry. And by the time I had to take my picture, I had to fix my makeup.
If you enjoy a book that makes you laugh, then makes you think, without a lot of foul language or words you have to go look up, this is a great book for you.
In the book titled "I Feel Bad about My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, Nora Ephron screenwriter, novelist, producer, and film director expresses her physical, mental, and emotional outpourings on age advancement.
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I opened the book and began to read. The first lines read like poetry. Then the author switched gears, like a truck going from 1st gear directly into 4th with all the sputtering and grind. Still in the first chapter, in fact just a few paragraphs into this book, I was having some doubts; the writing felt a bit harsh. I put the book down and asked my husband who was driving, if I could read something to him. He agreed and I continued but this time out loud. The more I read, the better the book became. Pretty soon I was laughing at the authors whimsical permutations and my husband was making wisecracks. I guess I can see his point of view; after all, the entire book is based on troubleshooting the undesirables that come with a women and age.
I wouldn't recommend this well spun thread of amusing literature to just anyone. It is meant for women who have reached the point in their life when they realize they have spent all their extras such as money, and time on everyone else but themselves. Personally I loved this writing. I highly recommended the humorous readings in this book to my mother who is involved in numerous ladies social groups; Friday Club, Red Hats, Wednesday's Monthly to name a few.
I found this book to be an eye-opener full of cunning anecdotes and surprising charm. Women will continue to troubleshoot areas of their lives looking for the age-defying miracle concoction that will allow them to live long, yet retain their ageless beauty; Everything really is copy.
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Bought this as one of the books to listen to on a 2,500 mile road trip.
Read by the author ( RIP and sorry for this review )
and I found her reading to be...Read more