I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, ...more
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Heartburn, published in 1983 was my first encounter with Nora Ephron. ...more
We lived (pause)
in a white house (pause)
and I didn't (pause)
Partly because of her reading style and partly because of the content, I had trouble getting into it. It's supposed to be funny but isn't especially. She describes all the "maintenance" older women do to keep up their appearances ...more
Iako je tekst na koricama obećavao kako će Norin humor da razoruža čitaoca i da će postojati momenti kada će se čitaoci smejati na sav glas - ti momenti su kod mene izostali. Bilo je momenata kada su se usne blago izvile u neki poluosmeh (ili je to možda bio grč jer ...more
Multi-talented Nora Ephron was a journalist, director, and author. In her heyday Ephron wrote the screenplays for some very popular movies including 'Julie and Julia', 'You've Got Mail', 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'When Harry Met Sally', and 'Silkwood.' This audiobook - read by the author - contains a collection of humorous essays written when Ephron was 60 years old...and stopped having birthdays. In fact Ephron notes that, upon publication of this book, she'll have been 60 for five years (ha ha ...more
In "On Maintenance": "When and how did it happen that you absolutely had to have a manicure?" er, never? I also don't care that much about make up or matching handbags or wrinkles. I JUST REALLY DON'T CARE.
What I care about is women being raped, beaten up, paid less,not let in, talked down to and generally fucked over because they are women.
"I Feel Bad About My Neck" adopts a universal voice but talks only about a sliver of privileged society. It i ...more
The essays on aging were amusing, but not particularly funny or fresh. It was like eating a day-old doughnut -- still tasty, but probably not worth all the calories. The weird thing -- her non-age-related essays were brilliant ...more
The audiobook was great! I'm sure the print version was entertaining as well, but I hig ...more
I was married at the time and was, by default, put in charge of figuring out what EVERYONE should be given. 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 ...more
Ephron, like Sedaris & Degeneres, has a gift for expressing mundane thoughts in the most delightful phrases. The one that's in my head right now is when she describes loving cabbage strudel in the 1960s: "I don't want to get too sentimental, but it's practically the only thing I remember about my first marriage." You'll be chuckling the ...more
Every parent should read her chapter “Parent in Three Stages”. I desperately needed that!
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I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
I like Nora. 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 is everything. Reading makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to tal ...more
It is written as a fairly honest account of her life, but whilst i ...more
I am of an age that I now empathize with these stories instead of just finding them amusing.
Ok. I don't relate to all the stories. For instance, I don't live in an apt. in NYC, though I do completely understand having a ridiculous amount of love for one's home and community.
I don't do the maintenance thing. Well, except now I've started paying more attention to my neck because maybe these last few years or months of preventative measures will make a difference.
"Consider the Altern ...more
This collection is also, somewhat surprisingly, very wise on the subject of reading. From “Blind as a Bat”:
Other times I think, can you hear yourself? Is that really what you think? Are you that vapid? She makes a point, a brilliant point, then suddenly punctures it with a denigrating remark - perhaps to keep us from taking her too seriously, perhaps to make us laugh - but it detsroys the momentum and lets us down. ...more
قسمتی از کتاب:
یکی از بزرگترین غصه های من این بوده که چرا وقتی جوانتر بودم، وقت بیشتری صرف نکردم تا حسابی به گردنم نگاه کنم. هیچ وقت فکر نمی کردم باید
شکر گذار آن نعمت باشم. اصلا به ذهنم خطور نمی کرد روزی برسد دلم برای عضوی از بدنم تنگ بشود که زمانی کمترین توجهی به آن نمی کردم.
The title drew me in the moment I saw it at the library book sale. I'd never read anything by Nora Ephron before this, but I can say this will not be my last.
Ephron tackles some of the more uncomfortable topics that plague aging women but does them with such sass and spunk that I couldn't help but laugh out loud on several occasions.
I loved one essay that talked about the painfulness of your body hair removal regimen but reminded ...more
Nora Ephron, best known for her screenplays When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Silkwood and best sellers Heartburn and Crazy Salad, has written a sort of Ephron retrospective. Though humorously self-deprecating and poignant, critics agree that the essays, some published previously,are uneven. Readers may love "I Hate My Purse"__unless they find it outdated. Other essays came off as vain, stale, or elitist in their carefree attitude toward luxury items. Only "Considering the Alternat...more
Anyway, outside that little personal issue, the book was terrific, probably ten times better in audio while sitting in traffic, then in text form. Traff ...more
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She was best known for her romantic comedies and is a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay; for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle. She sometimes wrote with her sister, Delia Ephron.