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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman    by Nora Ephron order for
I Feel Bad About My Neck
by Nora Ephron
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Vintage, 2008 (2006)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Nora Ephron's newest book, I Feel Bad About My Neck, is a delight. She deals with the trials and tribulations of growing older, such as the dead giveaway of a neck full of wrinkles that can't be enhanced with plastic surgery unless the face is done also leaving the patient with the possibility of having a mouth that won't close. She bemoans the fact that once hair is dyed, you're stuck for perpetuity with dyed locks. For her, the upside of death is not having to worry about your hair. Ephron's purse is a gaping hole into which all things are thrown, only to disappear forever. Exercise is, apparently, a bad word. Menopause creates its own problems.

I Feel Bad About My Neck has no plot or characters. The book contains laugh-out-loud essays on the bugaboo of growing older. It can be done gracefully, as Ephron is proving, but not without kicking and screaming along the way - she's done it all, from highlighting to botoxing. The author has a long list of impressive credits: such as When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood and Sleepless in Seattle (which she also directed). She wrote bestsellers Heartburn and Crazy Salad. Her sense of humor knows no bounds. The best part is her ability to look at everyday life and focus on the funny side. She brings a fresh look at the world around her and demystifies age-old issues.

Ephron, in essence, tells us it's okay to grow older. Enjoy what you've got, don't moan over what you've lost like taut skin, a svelte figure, a wrinkleless body, the ability to wear black without looking washed out. Oh, the list goes on. Allow yourself to look at each day as a bonus. Use it wisely. But with joy and plenty of laughs. With I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron provides the laughs. Don't miss it.

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