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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman Paperback – April 8, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Ephron's eclectic essays about life as an older woman certainly provide humor and insight into the lives of sexagenarians who have spent most of their lives as city girls. She both mocks and embraces the lifestyle she has maintained over the past decades. Whether she is waxing poetic about the rituals of everyday life, her love-hate relationship with purses, her affinity for celebrity chefs or her obsession over her apartment, Ephron delivers this audiobook in the spirited tone of one who is at peace with the life she has lived. Her gentle comedic delivery of punch lines will evoke smiles in listeners. While her sincerity at times clashes with her sarcasm, causing the listener to pause and determine what she meant, she still produces moments where her positive energy summons up a picture of her smiling as she reads into the microphone. Ephron's writing style lends weight to these brief trysts into the personal and worldly, strange and mundane aspects of her life. But mostly, her voice evokes the image of a serene and wise woman providing her insights.
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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 Readers may love "I Hate My Purse"unless they find it outdated.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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Needless to say, this is an extremely self-indulgent work, but it is so blind in its self-indulgence that it's cute. The best chapter is in fact when Nora Ephron is at her most self-indulgent. That's the chapter when after her failed second marriage she finds a paradise in an eight-room apartment on the Upper West Side that's rent-controlled. And when the government decides that it shouldn't really control rent for tenants who make more than $250,000 a year (and unfortunately Nora Ephron makes far more than that), she throws a hissy fit. Of course, it all ends well for our heroine (and I would think for any woman who makes millions of dollars making movies), and she finds home and solace again on the Upper East Side (which is where she really belonged, although she loathed to admit it).
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.