I wish that Nora could lighten up and see more of the beauty in life. She could be so inspiring but she's actually rather depressing.
Women of a 'certain' age will delight in Ms Ephron's observations about work, love and life. Her short essays make this a perfect audio book for errand running in the car.
If I had the wit and gift with words of Nora Ephron! I hesitated to buy it after many of the reviews below but I'M SO GLAD I DID! Ms. Ephron's voice, both written and narrative, is perfect. Of course, I'm 54. She's about 10 years older than I. I think women under 45 should put this on the shelf to be re-addressed in a decade or so. I've recommended it to all my dear women friends. Now I'm going to start it over from the beginning and enjoy it again.
I retired as a librarian after a stroke in 2002. I discovered Audible and it has given me back the ability to read books. I am so grateful.
At times a little too self-centered, however on the whole a truthful description aging.
I found this funny. Yes, it's a little light at times, and self indulgent. But that's the point. It's a little more literary that Sex and the City...but not much. Definitely entertaining though.
Ms. Ephron's delivery is slow, dull and painful to get through. Her observations and opinions are banal. She obsesses about things that are not interesting enough to warrant the attention. Being a single professional on the verge of 40, I was hoping to hear about some familiar life experiences that would be at least humorous if not insightful. I got neither.
I love this book, and enjoy it more every time I listen to it. I like the way Nora Ephron reads her words, and although I will never lead a life like hers, I can empathize well with her experiences.
I heard the author interviewed about this book on NPR. During the interview I found myself laughing out loud at Nora's tales of an aging female body. I was not prepared for the utter disappointment of reading this book.
There was nothing -- and I mean nothing -- I could empathize with in this book. Nora is only ten years older than I, so I am all-too-familiar with the effects of time on my body that she chronicles. While I can identify with the angst around the effects of aging, I cannot wrap my brain around living one's entire life, moment to moment, being as totally self-absorbed and superficially vain as this author and the many famous women with whom she says she spends her time.
To hear her tell it, she, and her famous female friends, spend most of their awake hours fussing over their attempts at looking good, or making critical observations about other women. Her presentation is sarcastic, flat and whiney to the point that I could not listen to her reading beyond the second chapter. (I read a print copy instead.)
"Vacuous" is not an adjective I would have anticipated applying to Nora Ephron until I heard her reading this book. Truly -- I think she is channeling Britney Spears.
I am 50 and enjoyed the first part of the book a great deal as I could relate. As the story progressed, it lost my interest and the narration by the author was very dry. I actually stopped in the middle and listened to another book, before completing this one. The observations were rather witty, but the narration was flat and did not come across well.
I thought I would feel some type of emotion listening to this book, laughter, sadness, something! The only emotion I felt was glad when the book ended. The narrator's voice didn't help either.