Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Review: I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron


I am a huge fan of Nora Ephron's work, including her essay collections.  I read both of these in June and thought I'd go ahead and review them together since my opinion is pretty much the same on both: awesome.  I kind of have an Ephron thing - but, then again, who doesn't?  The woman wrote You've Got Mail.  This was my second read of I Feel Bad About My Neck and my first read of I Remember Nothing.  I brought them with me to the beach as light reads, and then Ephron died during my reread of I Feel Bad About My Neck, which caused me to read it with a different point of view.

Writing
Impeccable.  Would you expect anything less?  Ephron is as hilarious in essay form as she is in her screenplays.  I laughed out loud through both books, even though a good deal of the humor in I Feel Bad About My Neck is aimed at women who are, ahem, a bit older than me.  I still thought it was funny.  I'll hold on to both and reread them again at some point.

Entertainment Value
Again, they were both very funny and very insightful.  Obviously she knows women and what will appeal to women.  I think both of these books are probably more entertaining for an older reader, or at least a different reader than the humor of Jenny Lawson or Jen Lancaster (although I love all three authors).

Overall
I highly recommend giving Ephron a try, especially if you fall into the "older" reader category or if you appreciate a more sophisticated form of humorous essay than you're likely to find from younger authors.

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read these. I love Ephron's movies, You've Got Mail is one of my favorite movies.

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