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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 19 July 2012
Probably best appreciated by the over 50-s, this book is especially poignant now that the author has died just last month aged 71. Nora Ephron, well known through writing the screenplays for "When Harry Met Sally" and "You've Got Mail" among many others, writes hilariously about motherhood, children, relationships, and the angst of discovering that with age comes the horror not only of your changing neck but the betrayal of your entire body from failing eyesight to unwanted body hair. She advises younger women to appreciate their bodies while they still have them but wisely concludes: What's the Alternative? The short chapters are random, and the topics jump about from living in New York to the author's love of cookery; but I loved the wit, wisdom and humour of all of it.
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on 3 October 2014
A delightful, amusing and witty collection of essays which highlight some of the joys and problems of a being a woman in the 21st century. At the end I felt I knew Ephron, and would love to have met her. I found the articles echoed some of my own experiences and thoughts, but the ones I enjoyed most were those which revealed her feelings about two presidents, JFK and Bill Clinton. Although clearly an American writer, describing essentially New York life, her writing resonates with many women facing up to the inevitability of aging. At times hilarious, sometimes quite thought provoking. How sad that she is no longer with us - who knows what other gems she might have produced?
Definitely a great idea for a Christmas present for your women friends.
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on 27 May 2018
Was okay. Didn’t realise she had since died when I began reading it. So maybe it was spoiled because of my knowledge of this.
But she did capture middle age problems accurately.
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on 29 April 2017
Wonderful writing - a series of short essays on a variety of topics. Humorous and thoughtful, and bittersweet.
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on 15 August 2012
Nora has been my idol for many years. This book does not disappoint. A humorous but truthful take on life past 40. The jacket cover blurb doesn't do it justice. If you are feeling down, read it; if you are feeling hacked off by younger folk, read it; if you are in a quandary as to where your life is heading, read it; but if you feel bad about your neck, you have to read it.
A must read for anyone heading over the age of 40.
Thank you Nora for this and so many more wonderful landmark moments.
RIP Nora.

Rosie Jones (Hopeful screenwriter)
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on 28 August 2017
Brilliantly funny and insightful. I love this book!
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on 26 April 2018
If you love Nora Ephron or her films you will love this book.
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on 14 May 2018
Enlightening!
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on 1 April 2018
Hilarious for women of a certain age.
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on 24 September 2013
I don't read much non fiction, or short stories, but was drawn to this by an appreciation of Nora Ephron in a newspaper review. It was a real yet entertaining look at the life of a woman growing older. It struck home but had the interesting distance of the New York setting.
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