I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Feel Bad About My Neck

And Other Thoughts on Being A Woman

Book - 2006 | 1st ed
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Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307264558
0307264556
Branch Call Number: 814.54 EP38I
Characteristics: viii, 137 p. ; 22 cm

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IndyPL_CarriG Jan 08, 2020

This is a very funny book of autobiographical essays by comedy legend Nora Ephron. She talks about the foibles of aging as a well-heeled Manhattan woman in a way that is self-deprecating and clever. That being said, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Maybe it's because I read it because it was on the Guardian's 100 best books of the 21st century list, so I thought it would be ground-breaking? But I feel like I've read better takes on the radical self-honesty essays - like Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend this Never Happened, Phoebe Robinson's You Can't Touch my Hair, and David Sedaris' everything he's ever written. All of those I found more relatable than Ephron's making fun of her friends for spending tens of thousands of dollars on handbags, complaining about having to blow-dry her own hair while on vacation, and worrying over whether or not the famous food critics she wanted to be friends with would like her recipes.

Perhaps if I were in a position to write a best-of list for the Guardian I would also be in a position to find Ephron's struggles more endearing. But I am decidedly middle-class in middle-America and I will never care enough about my hair to get it professionally done twice a week. Relatability aside - this book is a funny and fast read, if you aren't sitting there trying to understand why it was included on this list the whole time you are reading it like I was. There were some essays that were better than others. The book ends stronger than it begins, so if you are a fan of her other work give it a shot!

Groszerita May 26, 2019

I re-read this and found it not as funny as I initially thought. I do like Nora Ephron and I find her writings - specifically her screen writings really insightful and realistic. However, reading this book has made me realize that it's just too much.. too much complaining of things.

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imaryg
Jun 22, 2018

Overall the book was interesting. It's told in a very smart, funny, jewish comedic way focusing on parts of life, that are a journey for all of us, especially as aging women.
It's not literature and not meant to be, but, it has some worthwhile insights.
Nora was a really bright lady who accomplished a great deal in her life.

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PinesandPrejudice
Jul 27, 2017

Parts of this book were interesting, other parts dull, and other parts insightful. I believe I read this book at the wrong age. I found it difficult to relate to and some of the advice did not feel relevant to my generation. I enjoy Nora Ephron's movies but some of her essays were ranty. So it was okay, because there were some lines I wanted to underline but most of it was forgettable and a drag to get through.

ArapahoeAnna Sep 14, 2016

Filled with quotable wisdom and over the top humor. Ever wondered, "Who is Nora Ephron?", this is a good place to start. Recommend listening to the audiobook read by Ephron to get the timing of her very funny delivery.

WVMLBookClubTitles Aug 23, 2014

Ephron takes stock – her career (including cooking for Craig Claiborne), her marriages (there were three), the Apthorp (an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan she fell in love with for a time), her purse, and of course, her aging body. She will make you laugh, and feel good about life.

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ggrandel
Jul 14, 2014

This was a good read for when you want to relax and not think too much. Very light, I enjoyed it.

Wonderful vignette of thoughts on aging women by someone who is going through it with a sense of humour and perspective. I loved it and had to keep some quotes for my favorite ides log.

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unJoCo
Jan 09, 2014

Perfect for this 50ish reader!

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tedrich2921
Jun 16, 2013

Somewhat amusing stories about a woman growing older. Quick way to pass some time, but nothing very special. I rate this a C plus.

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santiano9
Aug 07, 2011

- one of my books on tape that goes walking with me. Nice and light but with crisp writing and some funny bits. A bit trying to hard to be a witty, fashionable New Yorker but I still liked it. 7/10

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patl
Feb 25, 2011

A candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of mainenance, menopause, empty nests and life itself. She speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age.

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