PS# 49 I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

book reviews, i feel bad about my neck and other thoughts on being a woman, nora ephron, summer, summer reading, summer reads / Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Date started: 6/22/17

Date finished: 6/22/17

For #49 of POPSUGAR’s Reading Challenge: A book that you go from a used book sale

Photo take an William and Mary College Bookstore
in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Pick a book from a book sale. POPSUGAR put me in an awkward position with my books. Nearly all of them in my impressive book collection where scored at book sales. Yes, I know I have a problem, but as Rizzo sings in Grease “There are worse things I could do.” Originally for this challenge, I planned on reading The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani to pair off with Pride and Prejudice. After my last book sale at the wonderful Hasbrouck Heights Library, I reevaluated my choices. As I lovingly held my new babies in my hands, I decided the change was necessary.

Instead of reading about the exploits of Mr. Darcy, I chose Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. I vaguely remembered some website put in their “read before your *add age here*” book lists. I thought I would learn a thing or two about being a woman. Contrary to popular belief, there is no guidebook to adult womanhood. So I take tips where I can get them: my mom, my grandma, my aunts, my cousins, my friends, books, kids at school, the gutter, you get the gist of this. The next characteristic catching my fancy was the print of the book: large and spaced out perfect for reading in between New Jersey and Baltimore, Maryland. After finishing it in a parking lot in Baltimore, the one tid bit I’ve learned is: appreciate your body now, because growing older really sucks (according to Ephron). Thanks Nora for exaggerating my fears of aging and eventually losing my fine bottom! Overall I have to report the collection of nonfiction stories were ok. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat and devouring the greatness of the text, and I wasn’t irritated by it either. I might pick it up again in a few years just to terrify myself again.

The stories that are oddly relatable to me and my unnecessary comments about them:

“I Feel Bad About My Neck”- I’ve become a new woman. I now stare at myself even more in the mirror much to my family’s chagrin (I’m hogging up valuable mirror space). I gaze at the baby soft smoothness of the plains of my neck and run my fingertips up and down like a crazed aroused woman. Because of this piece, the next time anyone sees me, I’ll probably be so scantily clad, I might be an extra in a rap video.

“I Hate My Purse”-A given.

“On Maintenance”-People fail to realize how much work really goes into maintenance and keeping appearances as a woman. I don’t look forward to having even more body hair issues when I’m older. Thanks a lot Portuguese genes.

young Marlene Dietrich

“Me and JFK: Now It Can be Told”-Don’t worry, Nora all of that would probably happen to me too! Except I would probably trip over my own feet and fall straight into his lap. He would gently push me off like nothing happened.

“On Rapture”-The right book can do great things (see the story).

“Considering the Alternative”-Nothing says a little Memento Mori like a one, two punch directly in the gut reminding you that one day you’ll lose that hot little body. All my future grandchildren will think I’m lying to them when I reminiscence about the time two ladies at my grandfather’s funeral told me I looked like a young Marlene Dietrich. One of the best compliments, I’ve received to date. I already miss my youth.

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