I Feel Bad About My Neck

And Other Thoughts on Being A Woman

Ephron, Nora

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
I Feel Bad About My Neck
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 ("I am probably the only young woman who ever worked in the Kennedy White House that the President did not make a pass at") 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.

Published: New York : Knopf, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307264558
Branch Call Number: 814.54 EPH
Characteristics: viii, 137 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 14, 2014
  • ggrandel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a good read for when you want to relax and not think too much. Very light, I enjoyed it.

May 22, 2014
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful vignette of thoughts on aging women by someone who is going through it with a sense of humour and perspective. I loved it and had to keep some quotes for my favorite ides log.

Nov 14, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Classic Nora Ephron essays. Sheer delight. The world will miss her passion and one-of-a-kind wit. It is distinctly "New York", though, as was she is, so for those who can't understand that lifestyle, I wouldn't recommend this book. To everyone else, it will be a fun, entertaining, and quick read.

Mar 26, 2012
  • veelau rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was a funny, quick and easy read. I am not quite there in age, but there are topics that have nothing to do with age...ie. purses. Overall, it was a nice break and was read in less than a day.

Jan 06, 2012
  • deborah2252 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A disappontment. I love Nora; but this is rich girl whining.

Aug 24, 2011
  • mogie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Read this pretty much straight through. It was decent. Didn't make me laugh out loud but definitely made me smile. Although I am under 30 I didn't find it difficult to relate to her tales.

Feb 06, 2011
  • ldahling rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Funny book written from the perspective of a witty NYC woman over 60. Same woman who wrote Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and Silkwood.

Feb 04, 2011

Nora Ephron is one of the celebrities I’d like to befriend. No doubt many other women would like to befriend her as well as she ‘gets us’. Anyway, IFBAMN came out in 2006 and I gave it as Christmas gifts to my two sisters and my sister-in-law stuffed into the neck of a turtleneck! Very fun but at the time, I felt badly for giving a book I hadn’t read. Well, now I have read it and realize it was a great gift---even if it wasn’t stuffed into the neck of a turtleneck. I highly recommend it.

IFBAMN is a series of short chapters on everything---aging, food, relationships---and is written in a humorous manner. Even the most intense essays are witty and manage to stop the tear before it falls down your check. Personally, I like to read things that remind me how ‘not special’ I am---especially when it comes to aging. Thank GOD there’s strength in numbers.

Oct 12, 2010
  • melbl8tr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For middle-aged women with a sense of humour. We ARE getting older but it isn't all bad.

Nov 04, 2009
  • ACDC rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

extremely boring

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Feb 25, 2011

A candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of mainenance, menopause, empty nests and life itself. She speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age.


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Jun 23, 2013
  • uhLEEsuh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like 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.”


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