Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts About Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
"Why are you listening to that?" my daughter asked, hearing that I had I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron on my iPod. "That's a girl's book." I remember what she asked better than my answer. I think I just said, "I thought I might enjoy it." I did.
Ephron is at times very funny, though I am sure I did not catch all the humor. I do not buy purses, cosmetics, or hair dyes, but I can understand the issues involved and laugh with the author about her choices. Good writing transcends common experience.
Not all of Ephron's essays are strictly about women's issues. I would worry about what to serve the author of a cookbook should one come to dinner. I have trouble finding my reading glasses. I have mourned to loss of favorite restaurants and their dishes that I can no longer find. I enjoy reading Wharton and Trollope. I have aging friends with health problems. We are all facing death.
The audio version of I Feel Bad About My Neck is especially good because Ephron reads. As I said before, she can be very funny.
Ephron, Nora. I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts About Being a Woman. New York: Knopf, 2006. ISBN 0307264556