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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman [Paperback]

Nora Ephron
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25 Feb 2008

Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail) turns her sharp wit on to her own life.

* Never marry a man you wouldn't want to be divorced from

*If the shoe doesn't fit in the shoe store, it's never going to fit

*When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you

*Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for by the age of forty-five

*The empty nest is underrated

*If only one third of your clothes are mistakes, you're ahead of the game


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (25 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552773816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552773812
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wildly funny and, although extremely accurate (at least for most of us), not remotely depressing" (Joanna Trollope)

"An uncanny ability to sound like your best friend, whoever you are" (The New York Times)

"What's refreshing about Ephron is that she refuses to entertain any illusions about the terrible fate that awaits us. What's great about her is that she makes the truth about life so funny when it should be so grim" (The Sunday Times)

"Few will troll these droll selections without being charmed to bits... Recall how hard it was last year to find a present for Mother's Day that wasn't yet one more box of chocolate? Remember this book. You'll thank me. It's perfect" (Lionel Shriver Guardian)

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Hilarious New York Times No.1 bestseller about growing older in Grumpy Old Women vein, by creator of When Harry Met Sally.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for any woman over 40 31 Dec 2008
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This is the loveliest of books-I came across it by accident and immediately rushed out to send it to my very best friends. The word gem comes to mind. If youre over 40 and beginning to feel old, buy this and laugh. Its so true to life, the wrinkles on our necks, on where we live, how we entertain, its a book I keep looking through and every time it makes me smile.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I've admired Nora Ephron's film work for a long time. She wrote the screenplay for 'When Harry Met Sally', one of my favourite movies. She has a wonderful knack of writing humorously and hauntingly all at the same time.

'I Feel Bad About My Neck' is a series of short essays about her life. It reflects that time in life when each of us has to face our mortality, work through the inner turmoil that may bring and arrive at a place where we can be at peace with ourselves and our age. This is a chocolate box book. One into which you can dip in every now and again and pick out a soft cream one day and a brazil nut the next. For example: "But if the events of the last few years have taught me anything, it's that I'm going to feel like an idiot if I die tomorrow and I skimped on bath oil today." Funny and very readable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel bad about my neck 14 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is an absolute delight, women of all ages will relate and laugh. You will see yourself and your friends in a very good way. Hurry and buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous book from Nora 5 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
I remember reading Heartburn many years ago, and I thought I remembered that I liked it. Nora Ephron's neck may be losing it, but her writing is as fresh and vibrant as ever. Very funny, very honest. Immensely likeable. She talks about maintenance being a second career because a lot of women are pre-empting age. For example, hair dying, botox etc. She talks about her husbands theory of women either being birds, muffins or horses and that is the shape of your face. If you are a muffin, you can have a zillion face lifts and be fine, but other shaped faces - not so much.

She talks more seriously about reaching 60 and start loosing friends. You have to come to grips with reality and realise that we aren't invincible and won't die - it's getting closer to being on the cards. She also mentions things she wishes she'd known You can't be friends with people who call after 11pm, Write everything down, Back up your files etc.

She's very funny (a very dry sense of humour) and it shows through this book. It's a good read that is sometimes serious but overall will be thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. If you are a fan of her movies, you will definitely love I Feel Bad About My Neck ...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I think Nora Ephron could write about the telephone book and make it entertaining (one brief section in this book about parenting proves the point). Here's an example. Most writers don't want to think about aging. If they do, they want to prescribe "solutions." Nora Ephron has a different idea: Simply describe aging as something we foolishly try to stave off (pretty unsuccessfully) by sharing her own experiences.

That concept is best captured by her essay "On Maintenance" that describes in detail the time, money, and effort she puts into trying to look as good as she can. I'm reminded of a conversation I had with my cousin (who in her more naive days was a beauty queen) who always looks terrific. When I complimented my cousin on her appearance once, she replied, "You have no idea how much more effort it takes every year." Now, I do!

The essay "I Feel Bad About My Neck" is very funny. I don't think I ever look at women's necks . . . but now I know that some women do. Apparently it's all downhill after 43. The essay ends with the irony that Ms. Ephron cannot do anything about her neck without a facelift, and she's not a good candidate for a facelift.

I also liked her essays about how we fall in love with concepts, places, and people . . . for no particularly good reason. But that temporary embrace is soon replaced by another one that will probably be even more satisfying. Although not described that way, you get a sense that she views her prior two marriages much in the same way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Feel Bad About My Neck 7 Aug 2012
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Absolutely love this book. Could be me and I'm sure a huge percent of women, couldn't put it down and if I have an appointment where I think I may have to wait take it with me to have a chuckle at it again. Can almost feel my head nodding in agreement to most of it. Lent it a couple of friends who also loved it and are buying it themselves. One of those books its always nice to pick up and read again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I think Nora Ephron could write about the telephone book and make it entertaining (one brief section in this book about parenting proves the point). Here's an example. Most writers don't want to think about aging. If they do, they want to prescribe "solutions." Nora Ephron has a different idea: Simply describe aging as something we foolishly try to stave off (pretty unsuccessfully) by sharing her own experiences.

That concept is best captured by her essay "On Maintenance" that describes in detail the time, money, and effort she puts into trying to look as good as she can. I'm reminded of a conversation I had with my cousin (who in her more naive days was a beauty queen) who always looks terrific. When I complimented my cousin on her appearance once, she replied, "You have no idea how much more effort it takes every year." Now, I do!

The essay "I Feel Bad About My Neck" is very funny. I don't think I ever look at women's necks . . . but now I know that some women do. Apparently it's all downhill after 43. The essay ends with the irony that Ms. Ephron cannot do anything about her neck without a facelift, and she's not a good candidate for a facelift.

I also liked her essays about how we fall in love with concepts, places, and people . . . for no particularly good reason. But that temporary embrace is soon replaced by another one that will probably be even more satisfying. Although not described that way, you get a sense that she views her prior two marriages much in the same way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but also disappointing.
I liked the book, there were funny, sad and difficult parts but I could not get totally involved. Well written but generally disappointing.
Published 1 month ago by S. James
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and poignant collection of essays
Loved When Harry Met Sally and now realise that it was because of Nora Ephron's voice
Great book. Only regret is wish I had bought to keep on my shelf rather than on Kindle
Published 2 months ago by K Mitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Perfect when you are post 60 but also great when you are in your 30s to learn more about what's to come. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was a present for my friend and she emailed to say she couldnt put it down - so guess she loves it!
Published 3 months ago by Rosie34
3.0 out of 5 stars I feel bad about my neck and other thougts about being a women
I bought this book as I had been recommended it by a friend having read this book I felt it had been written in a rather loud and ranty manner really I didn't understand why all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by iris
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe you have to be a woman ...
I really admire and enjoy Nora's output but this was one over the edge. It was absolutely all and completely about her. I found it boring and solipsistic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by londonfilmlover
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really any substance
This book was a disappointment. It was really a catalogue of a woman's observations and gripes. It was mildly amusing in parts but mostly bland.
I would nt recoomend it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs J E Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny
Love Norah Ephron, she writes so well. Great pick me up. Good for the older woman - you'll laugh out loud.
Published 5 months ago by Dr T
3.0 out of 5 stars I feel bad about my neck
I bought this book after reading an excerpt in a newspaper. I didn't find it as funny as I was expecting. She is a witty writer though, and it is an easy read.
Published 5 months ago by Hami
3.0 out of 5 stars not as funny as expected
the book is ok but not as intelligently funny as i expected. there are some nice, clever bits but overall got a bit bored by the end.
Published 7 months ago by sgindeva
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