I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

Last week, a dear friend, and fellow Nora Ephron devotee, texted to tell me she had started listening to I Feel Bad About My Neck. She was listening to it on audio and recommended that I do the same. Hearing her voice, she assured me, was part of the charm of the book. She was right.

I laughed out loud on many occasions, and I even felt near to tears at others. Nora Ephron, in my mind, was a genius and I am so sad that the world will never have anything new from her. Hearing her mention what life would be like when she was 80, or describing the death of friends was a sad reminder that she was gone. But, in typical Nora fashion, those moments were also so relatable that the sadness melted into understanding and I, like my friend, was just happy to hear her voice knowing it is forever recorded on these books.

I enjoyed her literal voice and her figurative one. It was fun to see how not only her words, but her inflections had found themselves into her movies through the characters. And thinking back on her catalog I can now see in my mind’s eye which movies she actually directed because, in no uncertainty, her way of speaking rubbed off on the actors who were putting her lines onto the screen. Not only that, but the tidbits from her life that made it into movies were also endearing (and not just Heartburn, since that is the most obvious of all).

I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed it so much that I have delved directly into another of hers already. But would you do me a favor? Would you listen to it? Because really, it’s more like (what I imagine) sitting around her famous dinner table, at one of her famous dinner parties, hearing her weave a tale to entertain her guests. You’ll never even realize that three hours have passed by at the close of the book.

6 thoughts on “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

  1. I’ve been looking for a good audiobook since I moved 2 hours away from my family. I can NOT wait to listen to this one! I have the book, but I’m excited to hear it in her voice!! YAY! Thank you!

    • Oh my gosh, Nadia! I JUST got a chance to read that article. Thanks so much for linking to it. I loved it so much I’m going to print it out. And now, when we see the brownie episode (which will surely be in the second season of Girls, right?) we’ll know what it means. ;)

  2. I enjoyed the audio book as well, although I found it a little depressing! I listened last spring and found myself chuckling and disconcerted about getting older. Maybe it was hitting a little too close to home! Danette

  3. Love Nora and this book. And I just finished “You’ve Got Mail” for maybe the millionth time. By his own admission, my husband knows this movie more than any of his own favorites. This is a triumph. Thank you, Nadia, for that link! I love Lena Dunham too and this article was fantastic. Can you imagine Thanksgiving at Nora’s house???Those are two very inspiring women!

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