I had mixed feelings about this book. There were some chapters in this book that I found absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious, and yet there were some chapters in this book that just didn't interest me in the least, probably because I couldn't relate, not being a New Yorker. The chapters were nice and short, however, so I was able to glide through them with minimal frustration. Overall, I thought it was a quick, enjoyable read and I'm glad I read it, even if it was nothing but pointless ranting.
Wonderful little book. Can be read in two or three hours, one airplane flight. Endearing, about being a woman, aging... and figuring it all out. It's almost a good model for taking stock, everything that you are... that you have a pretty good life.
tani reviewed I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being A Woman on
Helpful Score: 9
The first half of that title alone predisposed me to laugh, and I was not disappointed with the book. So many parts of it touched a sympathetic nerve. This may be because I am getting along in years. Younger women might not find the book so interesting, but just keep that title or the author's name in mind for the day when you WILL be able to appreciate it!
This book was tremendously enjoyable for me---Ephron has a special wit and humorous outlook on life that I couldn't help but be entertained. I especially enjoyed her glimpses of insight into the philosophy of what it is like to be an older woman in the USA. Highly recommend, especially for women over 35.
On Rapture is definitely the best essay in this book. As a book freak, I totally identified with it. Being in my early 30s, I chuckled a lot and then though "ummm... oh, wow". I dare any woman that reads the first one, I Feel Bad About My Neck, to not go look in the mirror and try to figure out which you have (or will have!)
This is one of the smartest, most amusing books I have ever read. I read it on the beach in the Bahamas and ended up having to read a lot of it out loud to my friends - because they kept asking me what was the cause of my uncontrollable laughter. Nora Ephron is funny, witty and very insightful.
The first two chapters were good; the one about aging necks and better still, the one about hating your purse. It did startout promising. But after that the book fell totally and completely FLAT! The rest of the book was mediocre at best. How many of us can really relate to renting an apartment in 1980 that cost $1,500.00 per month? Plus she pays the former tenent $24,000 for the right to move into that apartment...and then the rent goes up to $10,000 a month by the time she moves out ten years later!!
This is suppose to be a humorous look at growing older. It does start out that way. But the rest of the book is more depressing than it is funny.
Tammy H. (bluesooner) reviewed I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being A Woman on
Helpful Score: 2
What's not to love about Nora Ephron? None of us should take ourselves so seriously, and she chimes right in with all the personal anecdotes to remind us why: from using night cream on your neck to never having enough insurance. I loved her self-deprecating humor, it reminds me of her touches in "Something's Gotta Give" and "Who's Got Mail"...how can you go wrong with this one?
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the chapters on aging, on dying, on keeping up the maintenance. They are good, and sometimes hilarious and funny. But I found the ones about her personal life (her apartment building, why she fell in and out of love with Bill Clinton) rather annoying in the context of the book. More than once I found myself asking: "Why the heck is she writing about this in a book about aging?" I understand that these chapters contribute to the overall idea that life is constantly changing and evolving, but it didn't need several pages of describing how her rent went up over the years to bring home this point. But I would still recommend the book to everyone who is interested in the process of aging, because it makes some good points and is witty and funny.
With 15 short stories, essays and random thoughts, Nora Ephron address the joys and traumas of being over 43 when maintenance takes more time than any reasonable person should invest themselves in, the definition of child rearing changes and a love affair with an apartment can redefine who you are. Only a woman could understand how dead on this book is. And how laugh out loud funny we can be.
Great insights and advice for those of us who are reaching the milestone in our lives. Nora Ephron's life experiences remind me to look at life's ups and downs as temporary and to hold on to those things that keep me balanced. Thank you, Nora, for your candid, yet funny, book.
Witty little book with lots of anecdotes about the aging process. Though I am only 26, I identified with Ephron's stories and found myself laughing at her observations.
This collection of stories is definitely not novel-length in size and Ephron has an odd way of writing in run-on sentences. Though I am satisfied with the book, I think it would have been much better if Ephron had added another 100 pages or so.
I found this nonfiction collection of essays to be quite enjoyable. It was a light, fun, fast read. Ephron shows a lot of wit and humor as she addresses such topics as cooking, fighting the physical evidence of aging, and living in the city.
A really funny book! If you're anywhere over 45, you will no doubt relate to most of what she's saying. If you don't yet, you eventually will.
Ephron discusses a lot of changes that we women go through as we get older. The thing is, we don't just get older, we truly do get BETTER!
What she is talking about is actually a universal truth which should be accepted and cherished. Don't let a lousy wrinkle get you down. Think instead of how much more you now know since you've been through so many different experiences, met so many more people, learned so many new things, etc. You've taken all life's given and utilized your experiences to enrich your soul and to become a more interesting person.
Hey, neck sagging a bit, tush dropped down a few inches, hair turning gray? So what?!
Read the book and laugh.
I am an Ephron fan and have read just about everything she's written. Her spark and wit are no less present here. It's a quick read and will keep those women who have seen the far side of 25 smiling and nodding in agreement at her reflections on women and aging.
crackabook reviewed I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being A Woman on
Helpful Score: 1
This was a book I feel would have been better enjoyed if I had lived or live in NYC, however, the references to the changes that happen to our (women's) bodies while we age did give me a smile. There are other discussions of our purses, hair, clothing, and children. I do believe that a younger woman, under 40 would not really get it yet, but all of those 40 or older should crack a smile on some things. Easy to read, for a interim book before diving into something more meaty.
Eh...I normally place Nora Ephron on my list of will read anything this woman writes but this is book is not her best work, in my humble opinion. There were some funny parts but honestly I found myself, turning pages saying blah, blah, blah for a couple of chapters. In fairness, I did not finish it so maybe, just maybe, it got better by the end.
As soon as you get this book, and mark it receive on PBS, repost it. You read correctly--repost it. That's because by the time the next person accepts it from their Wish List, you will be finished. That's how short this book is. Oh, and not very good.
There were some good parts to this book and some not so great parts. I felt nothing in the book had me laughing out loud, merely chuckling. The last few chapters were the best, I feel, because those were the ones where she really just focused on her impressions of what had transpired in her life and she wasn't just trying to make those circumstanc es seem humorous. Overall, a good story of a woman's honest take on her life this far.
Very funny, entertaining, easy and fun read. Makes me glad I don't have to worry about finding a nice apartment in NYC! And oh yes, she does feel bad about her neck...and women's purses...and Bill Clinton. This was a birthday gift -- much enjoyed.
This collection of humorous essays accurately expresses the feelings of middle-aged women.
Some of Ephron's best essays include topics relating to designer purses, and physical maintenance. This book is a quick and funny read.
In spite of what many others wrote in their reviews, I enjoyed this book to the utmost. I laughed out loud at some of her comments because they hit home so totally. I believe this is a wonderfully readable book for "women of a certain age." For others, maybe not so. Nora Ephron is a whacky, funny, wise-cracking writer with a fractured sense of humor. I like her! I wish she lived next door to me. We'd get along just fine.
Time for a change and read some non fiction....I picked this one. It is a fast read. Not really an autobiography. Just the authors ideas and feelings on certain topics. Most of the events happen in New York City which makes it a little interesting. Good for a chuckle now and then. It also made me want to check out the cookbook section of the bookstore even though I am not a cook and the worlds best pickiest eater. Fun observations of life in the 1960's too.
Nona N. reviewed I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being A Woman on
This book was great! As a women just over 60 I feel like I could relate to all the issues she addresses. Her humor is right up my alley. It isn't often that I laugh out loud reading a book but did with this one. Even though she lives in New York and her experiences with the rich life in a few chapters aren't mine, her way of describing the events are worth it. The book is written with chapters addressing different things about getting older. Enjoy the book. I think it will put a smile on your face.
Another funny book of essays by Nora Ephron. I read this in one sitting (not that it is a very long book) but I do wish there was more, more, more!!!! I found her very relatable â"which is surprising given that our lives and financial situations are worlds apart. She just has a very down-to-earth quality about her writing that makes her so accessible and enjoyable.
Every so often I read a book about age, and they say how great it is to be old. It is great to to wise and sage and mellow. It is great to be at the point where you understand just what matters in life. I can't stand people who say things like that. What can they be thinking? Don't they have necks???
I saw Nora Ephron on The Daily Show years ago when this book first came out, and I absolutely adored her from the start. I know Im coming late to the game with all of this, but I decided right away that I wanted to read this book. Obviously that did not happen right away like I wanted it to, but better late than never, right?
I was a little worried that this book wouldnt call to me, that I wouldnt get it, simply because Im not yet to the age that Nora was necessarily writing about. However, I quickly figured out that it just didnt matter. The things that she says are things we all think about deep down as women, because we know were all going to get there at some point, and lets be honest: everyone worries about aging.
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If you want to have some easy, fun, entertaining reading for a short time, this is the book for you. The author was in her 60's when she wrote it. I'm 70, so I've have gone through all that she talks about and much more.... she's writes about all the things that start to go down hill when a woman reaches "a certain age"........