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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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  • Brenda
  • woodside, CA, USA
  • 11-28-06

Disappointing

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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self-indulgent

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.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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very witty

I listened to this book as I was walking my dog and I was laughing out loud. I wish I had written this book.

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waste of money

What disappointed you about I Feel Bad About My Neck?

I guess I didn't know what type of book it was going to be and expected more of a story …. not someone complaining

Has I Feel Bad About My Neck turned you off from other books in this genre?

That's a tough one, but likely

What three words best describe Nora Ephron’s voice?

Irritating is all

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really ….

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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She's candid and entertaining

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious and thoughtful

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Joy to hear Nora Ephron read her essays.

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Baton Rouge, LA, United States
  • 05-26-13

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sammi
  • Washington, GA, United States
  • 03-22-08

sad and funny and true

Women under 50 reading this book may not have experienced some of the subjects yet, but Nora Ephron has the writing ability to make anyone understand where she is coming from. If only I had this information 30 years ago. I would have bought that bikini and worn it everywhere for 5 years!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful