No one feels all that great about getting older, that's for sure. But no one writes about life as a 50-something woman who is staring down her golden years quite like journalist/author/screenwriter Nora Ephron. If you're looking for a breezy, funny book to take with you to the beach or pool this summer, Ephron's "I Feel Bad About My Neck (and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman)" is the one for you. This essay collection clocks in at a short 137 pages and is full of stories that both impart wisdom and make you chuckle.
You likely know Ephron's voice from her movies "When Harry Met Sally…" and "Sleepless in Seattle" and these stories crackle with the same charm and truthful humor. Ephron uses this book as a way to look back upon both the bigger events of her life (meeting President Kennedy while an intern at the White House) and the day-to-day tasks that any woman will recognize as part of her own experience (having to carry a purse). The essay 'On Maintenance' for example, is a hilarious account of the variety of grooming and beauty rituals women undertake on a regular basis. Things like coloring your hair, undergoing a skincare regimen, and manicures are all covered. And Ephron speaks to the experience so many of us have when we try working out as we get older: "…I would like to be in shape. I would. But every time I try to get into shape, something goes wrong and makes it impossible. Let me make this clear: Every time I get into shape, something breaks". Other essays, such as 'What I Wish I'd Known', are lists containing pearls of wisdom such as "If the shoe doesn't fit in the store, it's never going to fit". The essays touch upon these subjects and everything in between, all with humor and heart. They make growing older feel a little less troublesome and a lot more hilarious.
This collection gives the reader some great belly laughs and some sage advice throughout its variety of essays. Research has shown that laughter can lower blood pressure, decrease stress hormones, reduce artery inflammation and raise your HDL ("good" cholesterol). In short, it's good for your heart. So stop by The Karen Yontz Center's lending library today and check out a copy of "I Feel Bad About My Neck". You won't feel bad about it at all.