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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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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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 Readers may love "I Hate My Purse"unless they find it outdated.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 the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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However I ended Up LOVING every darn page
Cmon women pick this up --it is Great
I wanted to share it with my sister, so purchased the hard copy on Amazon. Much to my disappointment, the title (obviously the first title) did not say, "I Hate My Neck" but rather "I Feel Bad About My Neck." Whichever version you read, if you are an aging woman, you will find this telling of incidents from the author's life, stories with which you can relate! It will keep you in stitches.
Warning: Read only one story at a time. If you read it straight through, it will loose some of the pizzazz!
My sister loves it too!
The first part of the book is the more humorous part. It focuses on changes that every woman alive goes through...or will go through. According to Ephron, even the skinniest of young chicks can expect to have a little roll of fat sometime around 45 regardless of how much she starves herself or how many sit-ups she does. Towards the end of the book, the author's tone turns serious as she talks about death, especially that of her best friend.
There are many good sections that I hope I can remember. Right now I'm chuckling as I remember her description of the contents of her purse. I can identify! Others aren't so funny, and yet they're memorable. After writing about maintenance and how expensive and time consuming it is, the author says she's about eight hours a week from looking like a bag lady she sees on the street, frizzy hair and pot belly and bushy eyebrows.
If you're a woman in midlife (or getting close) looking for a quick read with both serious and funny aspects, you'll enjoy "the neck book."