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I Feel Bad about My Neck : And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (2008, CD, Unabridged)

Author: Nora Ephron | ISBN-10: 0739369938 | ISBN-13: 9780739369937
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    With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Ephron shares her ups and downs in a hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself. Unabridged. 3 CDs.

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    ISBN-139780739369937

    Key Details
    AuthorNora Ephron
    Edition DescriptionUnabridged
    FormatCD
    Publication Date2008-04-01
    LanguageEnglish
    PublisherRandom House Audio Publishing Group

    Additional Details
    Number of Volumes3 vols.

    Dimensions
    Weight4 Oz
    Height0.5 In.
    Width5.1 In.
    Length5.8 In.

    Target Audience
    GroupTrade

    Classification Method
    Dewey Decimal814/.54
    Dewey Edition22

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    "Nora Ephron, 65 years old in I Feel Bad About My Neck , pokes fun at her own eccentricities and finds herself writing about 'lunch with my girlfriendsI got that far into the sentence and caught myself. I suppose I mean my women friends. We are no longer girls and have not been for forty years.' But [ I Feel Bad About My Neck is a] girlfriend book, and in the best way. . . . Ephron, who is a great wit, has made a career out of women's body anxieties. The magazine piece that made her famous in the 1970s, 'A Few Words about Breasts,' is a long kvetch about her flat chest . . . Now, though, Ephron kvetches about her wrinkled neck, the one part of a woman's aging body that can't be resurfaced. She and the ladies who lunch with her all wear scarves or turtlenecks to hide their 'shame.' . . . Ephron [is] unfailingly clever and often pokes fun at our preoccupations while sharing them. . . . I Feel Bad About My Neck has everything I want in an entertaining read: a breezy pace, wry musings, copious doses of gossip, humor, and new information. . . . Ephron produces perfect vignettes. . . . [When I finished I Feel Bad About My Neck , I] felt the 'rapture' that Ephron says you feel on completing a great book. . . . [Books] have always been faithful pals, and [this one is] among the best. . . . [Get] your friends of a certain age together, rent Silkwood (which I think is Ephron's best film), read [her book] together, and argue and laugh and cry. That's my prescription." Emily Toth, Women's Review of Books "The subtitle to this book of autobiographical essays by the pithy, witty Ephron'and other thoughts on being a woman'says it all. Chapters include brilliant, biting essays on such things as wrinkly necks, bad handbags, and being a parent. You'll laugh out loud at her spot-on observations, but there's something wonderfully poignant about Ephron's list of things worth knowing, and how to live out one's life feeling satisfied. A heartwarming little book." Easy Living magazine (UK) "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." Christopher Goodwin, The Sunday Times (UK) "Ephron's laugh-out-loud collection tells the truth about agingit's not funand 'she does it with humor and satire and perspective,' says [Roxanne Coady of R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Conn.]. With blithe charm, Ephron exposes all the vain ploys that sheand wewould rather not admit we use to stave off another telltale wrinkle or gray hair. Read her book as an antidote to despair." U.S. News & World Report "Now 65, the humorist offers a bracing take on aging in 15 memorable essays. Her finely honed wit is as fresh as ever." People magazine, Top 10 Books of 2006 "As if wrinkles and belly flab weren't enough, women of a certain age have to fret about their turkey necks, tooso says the sage, dry, and hilarious Nora Ephron . . . Her droll take on traditionally gooey topics like motherhood and marriage makes the tender observations that much more unexpected . . . [A] sparkling series of essays." Ladies Home Journal "Delightful . . . [A] funny, sisterly collection . . . Where books written for seniors are apt to be full of unconvincing cheer, Ephron's charming book of self-questioning, confession, and resolve faces the reality that she's sixty-five, dyes her hair, and is not happy about her neck, her purse, her failure at ambitious exercise programs, and other personal failures shared by many of us . . . None of these confrontations with mortality is arcane, all are universal, and people of either sex can relate to them . . . Many readers of I Feel Bad About My Neck will be familiar already with Ephron the accomplished human being . . . She's one of only a few American essayists with a public personaone thinks of Will Rogers, or Calvin Trillin, maybe Benjamin Franklin, Steve Martin, and Woody Allen . . .

    "Nora Ephron, 65 years old in I Feel Bad About My Neck, pokes fun at her own eccentricities and finds herself writing about 'lunch with my girlfriendsI got that far into the sentence and caught myself. I suppose I mean my women friends. We are no longer girls and have not been for forty years.' But [ I Feel Bad About My Neckis a] girlfriend book, and in the best way. . . . Ephron, who is a great wit, has made a career out of women's body anxieties. The magazine piece that made her famous in the 1970s, 'A Few Words about Breasts,' is a long kvetchabout her flat chest . . . Now, though, Ephron kvetchesabout her wrinkled neck, the one part of a woman's aging body that can't be resurfaced. She and the ladies who lunch with her all wear scarves or turtlenecks to hide their 'shame.' . . . Ephron [is] unfailingly clever and often pokes fun at our preoccupations while sharing them. . . . I Feel Bad About My Neckhas everything I want in an entertaining read: a breezy pace, wry musings, copious doses of gossip, humor, and new information. . . . Ephron produces perfect vignettes. . . . [When I finished I Feel Bad About My Neck, I] felt the 'rapture' that Ephron says you feel on completing a great book. . . . [Books] have always been faithful pals, and [this one is] among the best. . . . [Get] your friends of a certain age together, rent Silkwood(which I think is Ephron's best film), read [her book] together, and argue and laugh and cry. That's my prescription." Emily Toth, Women's Review of Books "The subtitle to this book of autobiographical essays by the pithy, witty Ephron'and other thoughts on being a woman'says it all. Chapters include brilliant, biting essays on such things as wrinkly necks, bad handbags, and being a parent. You'll laugh out loud at her spot-on observations, but there's something wonderfully poignant about Ephron's list of things worth knowing, and how to live out one's life feeling satisfied. A heartwarming little book." Easy Livingmagazine (UK) "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." Christopher Goodwin, The Sunday Times(UK) "Ephron's laugh-out-loud collection tells the truth about agingit's not funand 'she does it with humor and satire and perspective,' says [Roxanne Coady of R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Conn.]. With blithe charm, Ephron exposes all the vain ploys that sheand wewould rather not admit we use to stave off another telltale wrinkle or gray hair. Read her book as an antidote to despair." U.S. News & World Report "Now 65, the humorist offers a bracing take on aging in 15 memorable essays. Her finely honed wit is as fresh as ever." Peoplemagazine, Top 10 Books of 2006 "As if wrinkles and belly flab weren't enough, women of a certain age have to fret about their turkey necks, tooso says the sage, dry, and hilarious Nora Ephron . . . Her droll take on traditionally gooey topics like motherhood and marriage makes the tender observations that much more unexpected . . . [A] sparkling series of essays." Ladies Home Journal "Delightful . . . [A] funny, sisterly collection . . . Where books written for seniors are apt to be full of unconvincing cheer, Ephron's charming book of self-questioning, confession, and resolve faces the reality that she's sixty-five, dyes her hair, and is not happy about her neck, her purse, her failure at ambitious e


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    Sex in the City froma Near Sexagenarian

    Created: 28/11/08
    Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck is definitely a trip through the wry. The book opens with the title essay about aging and concludes with a rumination about death called "Considering the Alternative." Packed between are essays about books treasured along the way, thoughts on bodily upkeep, the stages of parenting, a timeline of beloved cookbooks, cabbage strudel, her love affair with an apartment and "The Story of My Life in 3,500 Words or Less."

    The book is a quilt fashioned from swatches of a life graced with privilege, which can make empathizing with Ephron a bit difficult, at times. We all end up too aware of our body's deterioration, but we don't all have our hair done twice a week or have our unwanted facial fuzz "threaded" by a woman who uses "a fantastic and thrilling method of hair removal she had learned in Russia." As far as money is concerned, the specifics of financial outlay, throughout the book, are far less than universal.

    Most women will love the essay about her purse. Ephron is writing here for women "who understand that their purses are reflections of negligent housekeeping, hopeless disorganization, a chronic inability to throw anything away." Her list of permanent handbag contents includes loose Tic-Tacs, lipsticks with no covers, leaky ballpoint pens and crumpled tissues that might have been used but equally well might not have been -- who can tell?

    Despite the melancholy tone of this collection, the book has many laugh-out-loud moments. As proven by her many successful movies and humor pieces, Ephron is always good for an amusing line, a wry smile, and sometimes a grin of recognition as she homes in on one of our own dubious obsessions.

    I Feel Bad About My Neck will certainly not resonate with anyone who is resentful of their socio-economic condition, but if a good laugh and light reading is what you are after, you will enjoy this book.
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    99% of women over 40 can relate to the material, though not the delivery.

    Created: 01/05/11
    Clever premise with universally relatable topics informed by the authors Manhattan style and sensibility. I do not travel in the same circles as Ephron, but I did feel a certain kinship with her as a fellow traveler on the journey from young, ambitious young women to self-aware, mature women.

    I enjoyed the material, but Ephron lacks the sort of sparkle or intonation in her voice that could really bring out the humor in this audiobook; instead, the author comes off as an irritated snob.
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    Never received it!!!!!!

    Created: 17/11/10
    I waited two weeks for this and reported it missing. Finally I was told it was "lost in the mail" and there were no more in stock. Hopefully I am being credited for the amount.
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