Sunday, May 16, 2010

I Feel Bad About My Neck - Nora Ephron



I went to the Yellowknife Library Book Sale last week and picked up a few books (maybe about 12). I was away for the first days of the book sale so I only got there on the last day. I was a little disappointed that I didn't get there right away because I LOVE book sales. But I did get a few winners. On like this book by Nora Ephron. It had been on my list for a while and I am glad I got a copy.

Amazon.com states "With 15 essays in 160 pages, this collection is short, a thoughtful concession to pre- and post-menopausal women (who else is there?), like herself, who "can't read a word on the pill bottle," follow a thought to a conclusion, or remember the thought after not being able to read the pill bottle. Ephron drives the truth home like a nail in your soon-to-be-bought coffin: "Plus, you can't wear a bikini." But just as despair sets in, she admits to using "quite a lot of bath oil... I'm as smooth as silk." Yes, she is. This is aging lite—but that might be the answer."

This was a fun book to read. I am not a middle-aged woman but I could understand many of the things Nora Ehpron was writing about. It was a really funny book but there were many sad parts as well. A lot on growing older and living your life fully because you don't know what can happen. One of the most relatable parts of the book was an essay about books themselves. She writes about the feeling you got as a child when you read books and you could read them over and over again and wish you were in them and a part of them. Ms. Ephron writes about how hard it is to get that feeling when you get older with books but when you do it is AMAZING. I agree. There are a few books that I have read in the last few years that have taken me to another place and when I have to do something else I am frustrated that I can't just be reading the book. That has happened with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and of course the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter was a group a books that I found myself continuously thinking about when I wasn't reading it.

All in all it was a book I picked up to read a few essay's every now and then. I like having one of those books around that I can read a few pages and put down and really think about it.

Rating - 3

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