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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 Nora Ephron's wit and snarky humor. 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. 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. I bought this book because it looked so funny. I know at 42, I DO feel bad about my neck!! But this book should come with the caviat that it's really geared towards the 60 age bracket. Empty nests, the difficulty of riding a bicycle, etc are just not as funny if you haven't experienced them.
Overall it was a very cute, upbeat book, and an easy listen. I would recommend it, but warn it's more of a chuckle than a belly laugh for the under 60 group. This is hysterical I would love to listen to this with friends I am in my 50's and found this book to be totally entertaining! Loved it 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.
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. Your audiobook is waiting…. By: Nora Ephron. Narrated by: Nora Ephron. Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins. People who bought this also bought Sister Mother Husband Dog Etc. Why Not Me? Novak Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins Unabridged Overall. 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.
What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews. Sort by:. The piece on her love affair with her apartment was a treasure, as was the one about her life in words or less. I almost felt like her agent or publisher told her she needed to write about getting old, so she did lip service to the topic but snuck in "other stuff" that in actuality is the best part of the book. If you're an Ephron fan, check it out. Not as great as "Scribble Scribble," but still worth a read. Oct 04, Negin rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir-biography , humour.
I love Nora Ephron and wish that she was still alive so that I could continue to enjoy her witty and funny style of writing. Funny is something that I seem to crave these days. I desperately needed that!
Mar 17, Sandy T rated it liked it Shelves: autobiography-memoirs , So I bought this book thinking it was going to be full of humor about what happens to women when they reach that "certain age". I was expecting to relate to and be amused by her musings about getting older. And that did happen But for about half the chapters, the only people who might relate to it would be rich, famous, New York socialites.
That obviously doesn't describe me, so even though her writi So I bought this book thinking it was going to be full of humor about what happens to women when they reach that "certain age". That obviously doesn't describe me, so even though her writing was engaging, I'm not quite sure why she put it in this particular book. I did however, love her chapter on the "rapture" she feels with a good book.
The chapter on "cabbage strudel" I could have lived without Sep 12, Malbadeen rated it it was ok Recommended to Malbadeen by: shallow people such as myself. Shelves: bourgeoisie-bullshit , memoir-ish. Here's the thing, I would've never listened to this book if it weren't for the fact that years ago I gifted it to someone in those last few moments of Christmas-oh-shit-I-forgot-to-buy-that-person-a-gift hysteria.
My mother-in-law and I had a so-so relationship. I mean she did accuse me of purposely putting pins in her bed when she stayed the night and got poked a few times with left over Here's the thing, I would've never listened to this book if it weren't for the fact that years ago I gifted it to someone in those last few moments of Christmas-oh-shit-I-forgot-to-buy-that-person-a-gift hysteria. I mean she did accuse me of purposely putting pins in her bed when she stayed the night and got poked a few times with left over remnants of my latest creative pursuits, and we weren't exactly the lets-get-a-manicure-together type but she did tell me she loved me once which caught me so off guard that all I could muster in my shocked state was an awkward, "thank you".
Sooooooo, I saw this book on audio, new she had a long drive home on Christmas, vaguely recognized the name Nora Ephron honestly I think I kind of sort of confused her with Erma Bombeck , read that is was supposed to be funny and grabbed it. Had I thought about it for 2. And now, divorced, in my 40's and hating my own neck I couldn't resist when I saw it at the library. What exactly had my mother-in-law heard as she drove home that Christmas season? Suffice it to say, I doubt she laughed out loud and mostly likely didn't exactly appreciate that the entire book ends with musings on death.
As for me - I like a good musing on death and watching my body change is a never ending source of fascination. And as self absorbed as I can be, as much as I think the world is looking and noticing my every new wrinkle, I grew tired of Ephron's endless lamenting about all things physical and material in her life. She spent an entire chapter on the loss an apartment in NY but completely glossed over her 2 divorces.
Not that she has to bear her sole about every aspect of her life If she had the book would have been longer than 3 CD's and I wouldn't have listened to it anyway but still The over all message at the end seemed to be spend money on yourself, indulge, you only live once.
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman by Nora Ephron
And don't get me wrong, It's not like I'm toiling away at soup kitchen's during the day and spending my vacations bettering conditions at refuge camps. In real life I'm day dreaming about a pair of boots that I'm pretty sure make me look 39 instead of 40 and according to the salesman at Nordstrom showed that I "have nothing to hide" - what? He was just an honest guy doing an honest days work.
Answer up NY! And that shit was em. View all 10 comments. Apr 16, Kimberly rated it liked it Shelves: reading-challenges , non-fiction , audiobook , autobiography-memoir. It's unavoidable, we are all growing old. And in this book, Nora Ephron has decided to tackle some of the more obvious annoyances of aging. And she does it in a highly humorous way. The audiobook was great! I'm sure the print version was entertaining as well, but I hig It's unavoidable, we are all growing old.
I'm sure the print version was entertaining as well, but I highly doubt that it captured Ephron's wry humour and sarcasm so well. Only the audiobook could aptly epitomize those qualities. I loved hearing her narrate her own thoughts and experiences. It won't change your life, but it is quite a treat for a sunny afternoon. I read most of it lying in the sunshine on my bed shortly after lunch on a Saturday. The one that's in my head right now is when she describes loving cabbage strudel in the s: "I don't want to get too sentimental, but it's practically the only thing I remember about my first marriage.
Oct 22, Ammar rated it really liked it. Dec 02, Seth Fiegerman rated it it was amazing. I'm not a woman.
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Nor am I a parent or a successful screenwriter or a particularly ambitious cook. But I still found myself nodding my head over and over as I related to Ephron's insights on life. She writes plainly but with great humor and candidness about her abusive relationship with her apartment building, why parenting is more about quantity time than quality time and how something always seems to go wrong when she tries to exercise.
It's the portions about New York that really got me, thoug I'm not a woman. It's the portions about New York that really got me, though. She does a better job than any writer I've read of capturing the characters, changes and charm of the city, and the magical thinking of its residents. But when you move away and become a visitor, the city seems to turn against you.
It's much more expensive Things change in New York, things change all the time. You don't mind this when you live here; when you live here, it's part of the caffeinated romance of this city that never sleep. But when you move away you experience hangs as a betrayal. Here too she comes away with a great one-line truth: "Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for at the age of forty-five.
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Sep 02, CC rated it liked it. I have to say I'm a little baffled by Nora Ephron. She was a reporter at Newsweek in the 's, before they even had female reporters. She's been married three times. And when he had an affair it wasn't just with any old woman, but with the wife of the British ambassador to the United States.
She's been nominated for three academy I have to say I'm a little baffled by Nora Ephron. She also directed those films. Her accomplishments are staggering. Impressive for any woman of any era, but harder for her certainly, in those times. The sexism alone she must have faced -- at a hard NY newspaper, in the even harder boys club of Hollywood -- had to have been outrageous. Then why are her essays so flip and shallow?
So elitist? Ephron has a dry wit that I find quite pleasing. But the topics? Vapid and trivial. I mean, this woman should have some shit to say! Too bad she didn't say any of it. View all 3 comments.
Ephron is better known as a screen writer, in particular for When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, films with some very funny moments and strong observations about the human psyche and relationships. In this little book, she turns the spotlight back on herself. It is written as a fairly honest account of her life, but whilst i Ephron is better known as a screen writer, in particular for When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, films with some very funny moments and strong observations about the human psyche and relationships.
It is written as a fairly honest account of her life, but whilst it is honest, it is also a bit dull. She is also concerned with her place in the metropolis that is New York, having the right apartment and other frankly frivolous concerns. She does contemplate death too, realising that as she moves through her sixties friends suffer from all manner of illnesses, and she slowly looses them to the grim reaper.
It did have a certain charm though and she is obviously a proficient writer, hence the two stars. View all 13 comments. I've finished another book She's real. And she's smart. Nice combination. Add in the fact that she shares her wisdom freely, and also in a funny way, and it makes her even better. I could have written her exact words on reading Reading makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself.
Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss. Her chapter on Where I Live is something I'll be doing my own version of here sometime soon. Hers goes: 1. I live in New York City I live in an apartment I live in my neighborhood I live at my desk And of course, I live in my kitchen.
But my very favorite part of this book also appeared in Oprah Magazine's Aha Moment series. Nora reveals her Aha Moment As Nora says, "You would be amazed at how often things sort themselves out without any help from me whatsoever. But it is up for grabs to anyone who'd like it! Just say the word! May 25, Jessica Woodbury rated it liked it Shelves: memoir , audiobooks , nonfiction , library. I read this to have a frivolous, light audiobook during travel. And it does fit the bill. Yet I seem to have lost some of my ability to enjoy frivolous memoir. It was not all that way.
I enjoyed very much the section on food, which had hefty helpings of pride and self-deprecation in good measure. I think younger women will not enjoy this book as much and it has nothing to do with much of the subject matter being aging. I want to talk more about aging! I found much of it insightful. The problem i I read this to have a frivolous, light audiobook during travel. The problem is that Ephron is of a particular feminist generation that enjoys very much saying that choices other women have made are bad choices.
Ephron's chapter on parenting, for example, is just ridiculing the modern overinvolved helicopter parent. I myself am not that parent, my style is more like Ephron's, and yet I felt so uncomfortable at it. Younger feminists tend to accept differences in choices and styles more easily. There is also just a lot of privilege here, Ephron has certainly had her ups and downs but generally lives a charmed life, but still talks about herself as though she is just a regular person rather than a very rich person who writes movies.
It was available in the library, so I snapped it up now. When you are doing comedy, the safest target to pick on is yourself. That is because, because if you can't laugh at yourself, you do not have the right to laugh at anyone else. This author has dome a great job of laughing at herself. I think what makes it appealing, is that a lot of people can relate to what she is saying in the book. There is no story to this book. It is just a bunch of funny stories and observations.
I had first thought that the audience for this book would be female. I think that men can get a laugh out of this book. The book was a light read, about pages. It did not take long to read. I enjoyed the book. The author is very funny. She has an impressive resume when it comes to comedy writing. It shows here.
I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
It's funny and has some really good moments. It's not a difficult book, I finished it in a night, but it is certainly very entertaining. The chapter on purses is completely true by the way, luckily mine's not quite as unorganized, but the other day I found a receipt from the grocery store in my wallet that was about a year old I'm also interesting in looking into some of the books she recommended.
I adored the one called Rapture about her being so entranced by a book and putting everything else in life on the back burner to finish it There is also one about lost food its called the lost strudel.. I have decided the next time I am in New York I will have to try some cabbage strudel it sounds fabulous I like how this book was written in stream of consciousness style and how she has a smart elecky sense of humor,,,, My all time favorite one was Me and jfk.
I could relate to it and its the exact reason Johnny Depp and Blair Underwood and I will never get it on.. I didn't realize she was so petite and skinny until I saw her at the conference with a bunch of writers from Huffungton Post. She looks like a grown up version of Ramona Quimby from the Beverly cleary books. And she had her giant yellow bag with her I also didn't realize she had Attention Deficit Disorder Everything was good except for the one on serial monogamy i was totally puzzled and maintenance it was really gross.. I think if we were all really honest with ourselves we would say we are terrified of dying too I am and I combat it by not thinking about it anyway rent the book on tape its very easy to listen to..
Extra Content. Block everyone on your instant mail. You never know. The last four years of psychoanalysis are a waste ofmoney. The plane is not going to crash. Anything you think is wrong with your body at the ageof thirty-five you will be nostalgic for at the age of forty-five.