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.
Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age. Utterly courageous, uproariously funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a scrumptious, irresistible treat of a book, full of truths, laugh out loud moments that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Ephron's eclectic essays about life as an older woman certainly provide humor and insight into the lives of sexagenarians who have spent most of their lives as city girls. She both mocks and embraces the lifestyle she has maintained over the past decades. Whether she is waxing poetic about the rituals of everyday life, her love-hate relationship with purses, her affinity for celebrity chefs or her obsession over her apartment, Ephron delivers this audiobook in the spirited tone of one who is at peace with the life she has lived. Her gentle comedic delivery of punch lines will evoke smiles in listeners. While her sincerity at times clashes with her sarcasm, causing the listener to pause and determine what she meant, she still produces moments where her positive energy summons up a picture of her smiling as she reads into the microphone. Ephron's writing style lends weight to these brief trysts into the personal and worldly, strange and mundane aspects of her life. But mostly, her voice evokes the image of a serene and wise woman providing her insights.Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, June 6).
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I have always loved the author's work and couldn't wait to read this book. I am 53 years old and expected to find a lot of humor about women as we age. Instead, I found a great deal of rambling that was senseless. I came away with the feeling that she either needed the money for another book or one last ego-stroking experience before people realized she really had nothing funny left to say. I can't believe that I wasted almost $10 on this book and received nothing in return. It would have been a much better experience to have re-read one of her previous books or to have rented one of her movies. What a sad way to end a successful career.
I was looking forward to a book about aging that would be light and humorous. This was NOT it!
Laugh out loud funny and written in a way that every aging woman can relate to. I couldn't put it down.