I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Feel Bad About My Neck

by Nora Ephron

Maudeen Wachsmith: Oh how I related to this book! The essay regarding reading glasses in multiple rooms in the house was just one that had me nodding my head in agreement. I first read this when I borrowed it from the library. But I had to have my own copy for re-reading. And I'm not a big re-reader.
Rating: *****

Judy Copek: I laughed 'til I cried, then passed the book onto a friend. Ephron makes aging funny and even sort of sexy.
Rating: ****

Debbie Weiss: I am afraid that I have to agree with Judy on this one. "I Feel Bad About My Neck" did seem to me more like a daily personal journal, with thoughts and ideas jotted down as they came into the author's head. I could relate to many of the topics that she touched upon regarding aging and, having been brought up in New York City, I enjoyed hearing about events that happened to her and her family in the high-rise apartment house and on the city streets. However, I really couldn't get excited about picking up the book to read it.
Rating: **

Judy Stanton: I don't feel bad about my neck. And I don't live in the city. And I don't have my face threaded, in fact, up until a few weeks ago, I didn't even know what that was. But, I do think about the high maintenance of trying to look as youthful as possible at 60+. So, I did enjoy some of Nora Ephron's ramblings. But, I guess I just felt the book was more like her daily personal journal of little thoughts and ideas, that, frankly, I could have written. So, this wasn't my favorite book. If you're looking for a light summer read of what makes aging a bummer, go for it.
Rating: **

Gail Reid: The subtitle of humorist Nora Ephron's 2006 book is "And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman." In a series of short chapters, Ephron zeroes in on women past 60 and the inevitable aging process. Must every woman over 60 wear turtlenecks? And, what about the countless hours of maintenance spent on skin, hair and grooming?

You will laugh with the author when she enumerates all the items in her purse and recognize the same disorganization in yourself. You will agree wholeheartedly with her chapter "On Rapture" when she recounts the pleasure of reading a wonderful book. And, you will nod at how wise she is when she reminisces about her two awful adolescent boys who turned into wonderful adults. And lastly, you will praise her wisdom and insight when she writes about the untimely death of her friend. This book is a well-written, short summer read filled with humor and honesty.
Rating: ****

Kim Sisto Robinson: I am just wild about Nora Ephron. In fact, I predict that every woman who reads "I Feel Bad about My Neck," will fall in love with her, too. You know why? Because she makes us feel good about ourselves; she makes us realize that we ARE or WILL BE in the same situation one day, and that growing older, damn it, is inevitable.

One of my favorite segments is when Ephron meets all of her girlfriends in a swanky restaurant. "They all had on scarves or turtle-necks," she says. "The face can lie, but the neck tells the truth!" Ephron goes on to say, "I woke up with a mustache one morning. What the hell happened?" "I Feel Bad about My Neck" is filled with short, witty, sassy, insightful, hilarious essays about women: Necks after 60, Finding the Right Purse, Divorce, Marriage, Teens, and even Meeting JFK!

While most of us are worried about losing 10 pounds, getting Botox, and our once tight asses falling to the floor, Ephron is not. She is laughing, laughing, laughing. And she'll make the readers laugh with her!
Rating: ****

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