Book Review: I Feel Bad About My Neck


I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
By Nora Ephron

I found this anthology of Ephron’s essays on a whirlwind trip through a local thrift store; a trip that netted me a good stack of books to read. After reading about Ephron for the memorial piece I wrote about her this past summer, I knew that I needed to get around to reading her work. As I said in my memorial piece, at least a part of Ephron’s legacy will be showing that women can be multiple things (in her case award-winning filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, journalist, author and blogger) and do them well.


I didn’t feel much of a connection as I read these essays. There is a somewhat odd thing about essays in that they need to be laugh-out-loud funny, inspiring or relatable. There were funny moments and a couple inspiring moments, but at my age, there were no relatable moments. That isn’t to say that I got no enjoyment out of reading this. It was a good read, and I would recommend it to others.

What I did find inspiring was the form some of her essays took and even what she wrote about. I’ve always found writing essays to be a fun exercise in introspection and storytelling. Although I couldn’t connect to them, Ephron’s essays are well written and a guide of sorts.


Writing: 5 out of 5 stars

Topics: 3 out of 5 stars

Impact: 4 out of 5 stars

Total: 4 out of 5 stars

Have you read any of Nora Ephron’s essays? Have you read any other good books lately

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