Bumped into Nora Ephron at the Bookstore

Available on Amazon and at your local bookstore.
Available on Amazon and at your local bookstore.

A few days ago, I spent my time reading Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing. I had bumped into Ephron’s I Remember Nothing at Barnes & Noble. The book was lying on the table, waiting for me to pick it up, which I did. I’ve always heard of Ephron and of how funny she is. It’s the title of the book that caught my wandering eye and drew me in. I skimmed a few paragraphs in the front and some in the middle. They sparked my interest and I decided to buy it. But—being broke because of student loans and thus on a budget—I flipped over the slim, paperback book to check its price—$14.99.

$14.99! For a skinny, paperback book?

I returned the book to its table and decided instead to get it for free from the library. $14.99, must be mad. Of course, I checked how much the Nook book costs—$9.99. That’s crazy. That’s how much the paperback should cost. So off to the library I went.

I picked up both books and began reading immediately. I enjoyed I Remember Nothing a bit more than I Feel Bad About My Neck because I read I Remember Nothing first and was a little upset to find the some of the same subjects and stories repeated in I Feel Bad About My Neck (actually, it’s the other way around since I Feel Bad About My Neck was published first). But besides that, both books were a joy to read. I would like to revisit them later on in life. At 24 years old, I don’t think that I can relate 100% to Ephron’s essays.

I don’t feel bad about my neck but I wonder if I will. I don’t even think about my neck except when I’m cold (like now) and run to get a scarf to wrap it in (like now).  I wonder if my mom feels bad about her neck or my aunts. I think I will ask them. I am, however, absentminded so at times it seems that I remember nothing. I can’t even recall what a person said 10 seconds ago. Sometimes I’ll forget what I read, which is pitiful. I hate forgetting what I read. I wish I had a stronger memory so I could quote from books like some people I know. They’re always quoting something they read, usually from the classics. I wonder if they quote it correctly. Maybe they’re just making it up.

But enough about me; back to the books. Ephron’s books are composed of essays that discuss whatever happens to pop into her mind, it seems. Topics range from purses, to food, to parenthood, to friendships, to journalism, to divorce. All of these topics Ephron discusses with a bit of humor, leaving a snapshot of her life in each essay. At the end of each book, you’re left with an idea of who she was.

Available on Amazon and at your local bookstore.
Available on Amazon and at your local bookstore.

Both books are delightful reads. You will whisk through them in a day. Though Ephron writes for the women in her age group, a young lady in her 20s will also enjoy these books.

Favorite Essays:

I Remember Nothing

I Remember Nothing

My Life as an Heiress

Twenty-five Things People Have a Shocking Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again

The Six Stages of E-Mail

I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Hate My Purse

Serial Monogamy: A Memoir

Blind as a Bat

Parenting in Three Stages

On Rapture

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