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I Feel bad about My Neck by Nora Ephron

I Feel bad about My Neck (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Nora Ephron

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Title:I Feel bad about My Neck
Authors:Nora Ephron
Info:Knopf (2007), Hardcover
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Tags:non-fiction, essays, humor, marriage, memoir, womens studies, nora ephron

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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (2006)

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This is the most boring book under 200 pages I've ever read.

I read it during phone conversations with other people; that's how little attention it required.

I didn't even need a bookmark; there was no depth to it: if I missed a page or two, who cares?

And I got nothing out of it.

Perhaps Ms. Ephron and I are too far apart in our generations. I tend think it's more that despite the fact that we're both female, we have absolutely nothing in common. I don't even know anyone who could relate to her lifestyle or life path.

I also found the book - and thus perhaps her? - to be shallow. Maybe that's 'cos she gave it less than 150 pages. Maybe that's 'cos she didn't want to share anything of herself (but then, why write a memoir?). Or maybe it's 'cos she was shallow. I'd hate to think a person who put such life into relationships on paper had such a dearth of meaning in her own life.

I also don't really like reading books about how it sucks to be an older woman. I know: I'm getting older. And I know: it sucks. Tell me instead how to deal with it - gracefully, graciously, generously, bravely, daringly, sparingly, meaningfully. Don't tell me denial is a way of life for you, then share "truths" - how would you know the truth? Admittedly you've had your head in the sand until the tide came in and almost drowned you.

I wasn't really keen on Tina Fey's Bossypants. But that blows this away. Thanks, Tina. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
This is a great companion book to [a:Caitlin Moran|939363|Caitlin Moran|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1340897771p2/939363.jpg]'s [b:How To Be A Woman|15987778|How To Be A Woman|Caitlin Moran|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1346761230s/15987778.jpg|15507935], which I reviewed here. The similarities are obvious; both books are compendia of humorous essays about what it means to be a woman. The differences, though, are so complementary as to seem practically intentional: Nora Ephron has the perspective of an older generation, Caitlin Moran the younger. Nora is New York City; Caitlin is London. Nora is (sometimes abashedly) dealing with the problems of a quite successful and wealthy woman; Caitlin spends much of her time recounting the poverty of her adolescence.

So between the two, you have reflections on how to be an older/younger, American/British, richer/poorer woman... and I think the interesting thing is how much overlap there is nonetheless.

In other words, it is not possible to discuss being a woman without mentioning bikini waxing.

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  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Slightly amusing essays. I expected more from her, as she is such a talented woman. I thought she was whining too much. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 15, 2016 |
Good book, cute laughs, good gift for a woman of a certain age. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
Good book, cute laughs, good gift for a woman of a certain age. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
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With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

The woman who brought us When Harry Met Sally . . . , Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and Bewitched, and the author of best sellers Heartburn, Scribble Scribble, and Crazy Salad, discusses everything—from how much she hates her purse to how much time she spends attempting to stop the clock: the hair dye, the treadmill, the lotions and creams that promise to slow the aging process but never do. Oh, and she can’t stand the way her neck looks. But her dermatologist tells her there’s no quick fix for that.

Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent.  She recounts her anything-but-glamorous days as a White House intern during the JFK years (“I am probably the only young woman who ever worked in the Kennedy White House that the President did not make a pass at”) and shares how she fell in and out of love with Bill Clinton—from a distance, of course.  But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age.

Utterly courageous, wickedly funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a book of wisdom, advice, and laugh-out-loud moments, a scrumptious, irresistible treat.

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A collection of essays offers a humorous look at the ups and downs of being a woman of a certain age, discussing the tribulations of maintenance and trying to stop the clock, menopause, and empty nests.

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