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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: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,312 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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46 of 47 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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12 of 13 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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15 of 16 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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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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
This is a must read for all women. So sad she is no longer with us.
Published 5 days ago by manhattanbabe
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Enjoyed this book but not as good as her novel 'heartburn'
Published 2 months ago by Julia Frances Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Nora Ephron
Ephron is a brilliant writer - she hits the nail on the head every time no matter what the subject. Her death was a great loss to journalism - nothing more to look forward to.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Me too, Nora
Nora Ephron was essential reading in the magazines of the 1970s, her writing for the movies is like snow, deep and crisp and even - and bittersweet, and now that I am middle aged,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alyson Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULLY FUNNY
Loved these short pieces by Ephron highly recommend to anyone feeling bad about getting older or feeling a little down
Published 3 months ago by BGirl
1.0 out of 5 stars well written but not a good read
Read like a magazine article. Not a good read although well written. Not much substance. It was funny in places
Published 4 months ago by stjohn marston
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely collection of musings
This is a lovely collection of musings about growing older and isn't afraid to leave in the vain selfish stuff to go with the 'count your blessings' stuff.
Published 4 months ago by esr
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Ephron is a dream. Funny, clever, witty and all too at home with life inside a woman's mind - this is a gem of a book. RIP Nora and thank you for everything. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katherine Wildman
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 7 months 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 7 months ago by K Mitt
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