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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman | [Nora Ephron]

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman

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.
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Publisher's 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.

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 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.

©2006 Nora Ephron; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • The Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Adult Nonfiction, 2007

"Ephron returns to her print roots with a new collection of essays reflecting the perspective of an aging, but still crackling sharp, cultural scribe." (Boston Globe)
"This current gatherum of hard and funny truths spares neither the author's pride nor her audience's, but it does salve wounds, and many of Ephron's insights are bound to come in handy." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ephron's insights make the book an enjoyable romp....For people who want a little candor and humor about not only hanging on but getting on, this book is for you." (The New York Post)

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    satish doha, Qatar 11-10-13
    satish doha, Qatar 11-10-13
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    "Yes, this book is for single elderly women"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nothing, it' just way to old for me


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Ephron? Why or why not?

    No more, this one was sad, funny and menopausal


    Did Nora Ephron do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes she did. She talked about death alot in her book. I kind of feel sorry for her, like she knows she's close to dying and she is just like the rest of us, worried about her appearances, weight issues, marriages and divorces, friends dying on her; and especially her neck


    What else would you have wanted to know about Nora Ephron’s life?

    nothing more


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    Marianne LONG BEACH, CA, United States 10-25-13
    Marianne LONG BEACH, CA, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Witty and dry humor"
    Any additional comments?

    If you want to better enjoy this book, speed up to 1 and and half for the listening speed. I think that's her true reading speed, but her voice was slowed down to disguise that this book is extremely short.
    I still felt it was worth purchasing. The story about her being perhaps the only White House intern who failed to attract JFK's sexual interest because of her bad perm is priceless...

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    Beachqueen86 Virginia Beach, VA United States 08-13-13
    Beachqueen86 Virginia Beach, VA United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    Great listen for women of a certain age who will definitely be able to relate. I found myself laughing out loud and shaking my head Yes Yes! Nora Ephron had a great wit and will be missed

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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 07-21-13
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 07-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.

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    "I love Nora Ephron's narration of these 'thoughts'"

    I am listening for the second time to this book because I enjoyed listening to the new "Heartburn" audio so much, I decided to have a Nora Ephron festival. The first time I heard this audiobook I had to pull over to the side of the road to avoid an accident because I was laughing so hard. I love hearing Nora Ephron read her own work and I am really enjoying this book the second time around. I find her thoughts witty, biting and well worth my time. I find myself writing once again "i usually prefer professional narrators but....". I think hearing Nora Ephron narrate her own essays has made me finally conclude that hearing the immediacy of some authors read their own work is worth the somewhat less professional reading quality - the ability to connect directly to the wisdom and humor that inspired the text is quite special. Now that she is gone, the recording of her work in her own voice is even more intense an experience for me. Highly recommended.

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    Mary Baton Rouge, LA, United States 05-26-13
    Mary Baton Rouge, LA, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I Loved This Book."
    What made the experience of listening to I Feel Bad About My Neck the most enjoyable?

    The Contents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that every chapter is a short story.


    Have you listened to any of Nora Ephron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first time.


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    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 04-22-13
    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "For an older woman."
    What did you love best about I Feel Bad About My Neck?

    Nora Ephron's wit and snarky humor.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Ephron before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first Nora Ephron book for me. It was a gift. While I did enjoy the book, I know I was not target audience. Young women will still find it funny, but women 40+ will really enjoy it.


    What about Nora Ephron’s performance did you like?

    I like that she has a very unique voice, but that it isn't grating or difficult to listen to. I felt like she was sittingin my car with me, telling me all these great stories from her life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Getting older doesn't get easier, but it does get funnier.


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    Carol 03-04-13
    Carol 03-04-13
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    "Wish you were here, Nora"
    Where does I Feel Bad About My Neck rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Toward the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was her life's story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nora talking to the famous chefs as she cooked their recipies


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    As others have said, this is best enjoyed by someone who is at least 50. Her voice delivery is a little flat, but who can complain about that? It's HER story in HER voice! Worth my time to listen - I miss you, Nora!

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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 03-04-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Her diary...."

    This book seemed to be more of the musing of her mind and life. It seemed to come from her journal. I liked it because she is such an interesting woman. Love the 92nd St. interview with NEphron+Arrianna Huffington. That was great. I love NEphron movies. This is another aspect of her. Not so funny. Not always so charming. Interesting.

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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "The best"

    If you are a Nora Ephron fan, this is a classic. I will forever miss her wonderful good nature. She has made getting older with a certain style. I will listen to this many more times.

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    Alice Easton, MD, United States 02-04-13
    Alice Easton, MD, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A funny and oft sad listen . . ."
    If you could sum up I Feel Bad About My Neck in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, sad and touching


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was fine and I think I was ready for it to be over.


    Which character – as performed by Nora Ephron – was your favorite?

    Nora herself


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let's laugh as together we grow old.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to Nora reading her book and would have loved to have been able to meet her in real life.

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