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.
"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)
Although the book was touted as musings on being a woman of a certain age - presumably over 50 - it left that subject after a few vingettes and bounced on to various topics. It was read by the author and she should definitely stick to the written word instead of the spoken word. It might have been better if someone else had read it. Nora should stick to movie scripts!
This selection was entertaining enough to while away a trans-oceanic plane ride, but only just. We know Nora Ephron's reputation as a screenwriter ("Heartburn", "When Harry Met Sally").
I was expecting more humor. What I got was a lot of New York rich white woman whining on a lot of subjects that many of us are never in a position to consider (rent-controlled luxury apartments with doormen, for instance), leavened with sone (but not enough) wry wittiness.
The big disappointment comes toward the end, when Ephron begins to wax very negative and pessimistic on the subjects of aging and death. Very depressing, without so much as the relief of a smile!
Not awful, but not wonderful either.
I bought this book wanting a laugh and having a friend recommend it. It wasn't funny and it sounded like Ephron was in the center of a gathering telling her own stories without regard to her listeners interest. Find another book.
I bought this book because I wanted a light humorous read. I did not think it was particularly funny. I never laughed out loud, I don't think I even chuckled. Laughing as we get older is one thing and worth doing, but this book didn't laugh at the issues of aging so much as whine about them. Her conclusion was that there isn't much good about aging, indeed if anything good at all - it is much better to be young. I was looking forward to wit and humor and found little of either. I am a fan of her work so was disappointed in this example of it.
Witty, yes; interesting, at times. But Ephron's topics are, on the whole, petty and self-indulgent. I'd rather see her take on things that matter a bit more.
I guess I didn't know what type of book it was going to be and expected more of a story …. not someone complaining
That's a tough one, but likely
Irritating is all
Not really ….
Even though I am much younger than 60, I liked her old age musings and tips. I also felt that I could relate because I used to live in the NYC area, so I know the city. In the end she talks about starting her career, getting older, her parents, celebrities she knew, her apartments, her neighbors, her friends, her relationships, staying in shape, looking good... in short, humorous sections. Mini-essays. She's is not too cynical. She's very open. I'm kind of reminded of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. However, Nora has her own irreverent style and she says just what she thinks. I really like that she narrates herself. She has passed away so I was mindful of this while listening to her talk.
Listening to Nora narrate her book was a true joy! I'm not quite in the age demographic she is talking about, but I don't care this book was worth it! Gave me a glimpse of what I get to look forward too.
I've read this book many times, but listening to Nora Ephron read the essays brings new dimensions to each. Listening to these hysterically funny, poignant, real experiences defies Nora's death, through her living voice.
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