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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 09, 2014

Perfect for this 50ish reader!

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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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

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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