I Feel Bad About My Neck

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I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora EphronStars: ***

Vintage Books (2008)
137 pages

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Summary: 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.

Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age. Utterly courageous, uproariously funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a scrumptious, irresistible treat of a book, full of truths, laugh out loud moments that will appeal to readers of all ages.

I Feel Bad About My Neck

I have been wanting to read this book for 10 years, since it came out and was pretty popular. I was reading lots of good reviews on blogs. A few years ago when I found the book I bought it but I never got around to reading it. I picked it up for the shortathon (readathon of short books) but honestly, I wasn’t impressed.

Part of the problem is that it was written I 2006 which doesn’t sound all that long ago but with how fast the world is changing, it is. Plus a lot of the stories take place even before that, as far back as the 60s. It’s hard to identify with essays of everyday life when it doesn’t fit with my everyday life.  The author lives in New York which is very different from my life as well. So I think if I were a bit older and lived in a big city I might appreciate this more.

The first two essays were the funniest: I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Hate My Purse. What I did find interesting was that all the reviews I read about the book, none of them stated who Nora Ephron IS. She is the author of other books but also wrote the screenplays for famous movies like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. She also wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail and Julie & Julia.

It was an okay book but not one I specifically recommend.

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