Monday, October 15, 2012

Even Famous, Rich, Skinny Women Have Self-Image Issues

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a WomanI Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great companion book to Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman, which I reviewed here. The similarities are obvious; both books are compendia of humorous essays about what it means to be a woman. The differences, though, are so complementary as to seem practically intentional: Nora Ephron has the perspective of an older generation, Caitlin Moran the younger. Nora is New York City; Caitlin is London. Nora is (sometimes abashedly) dealing with the problems of a quite successful and wealthy woman; Caitlin spends much of her time recounting the poverty of her adolescence.

So between the two, you have reflections on how to be an older/younger, American/British, richer/poorer woman... and yet there is more overlap in their reflections than you might think.

In other words, it is not possible to discuss being a woman without mentioning bikini waxing.


Anonymous said...

So what's the answer? How is one to be a happy, adjusted woman in the world, as these two writers have it?

Lauren said...

yes what I was waiting to find out ;)