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I Feel Bad about My Neck
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman | Nora Ephron
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With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself. Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age. Utterly courageous, uproariously funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a scrumptious, irresistible treat of a book, full of truths, laugh out loud moments that will appeal to readers of all ages.
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Macnjen
Panpan

Ugh, moan, whine, complain. Not funny and irritating narration by the author. Really disappointing.

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GatheringBooks
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LauraBrook
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Pickpick

Really between pick and so-so. I enjoyed this collection of essays from 2006 - it‘s funny, some of them seem very current and some of them seem horribly dated. Especially when she mentions technology, it seems like eons ago vs 15 years. Still, I love her voice and these were a lot of fun. (And now that I‘m in my 40s I can relate to some aspects more than I‘d like!)

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LauraBrook
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Good morning, Littens! A late start to #deweysreadathon today, and an easy read to get my mind awake.

My goals are to read three books, one of them from start to finish, and to read for 8 hours total. I have one errand and plans for Chinese food pickup later, but that‘s it!

Also, the only book I have in my “stack” is The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris - totally winging this RAT for the first time! I feel like a rebel.

Readerann Hello, my lovely intrepid readathon pal! So happy to see you here! I have your tagged book in my stack(s) from the library used book sales. Must get to it one of these days. 😁 Winging it today is absolutely allowed. It‘s great we can all do the RAT however we want! I‘ll be checking on you. 🤗 1y
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arlenefinnigan
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Pickpick

This was enjoyable, although the sub title should be And Other Thoughts On Being A Rich Woman Living In Manhattan. Most of it is hilariously unrelatable, but that's kind of the fun of it. It's funny and witty, and the reflections of ageing in the last essay are moving.

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arlenefinnigan
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Hoping this will be more enjoyable

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Carlile.Nat
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Pickpick

This book was so enjoyable! Funny, thought provoking and light hearted. A vital read for any woman 💚

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Bookalong
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Pickpick

5☆Ephron is full of wit and honesty in these 15 Essays centering around aging as a woman. Her words made me laugh, smile and admire her honesty on the subject. She talks about maintenance of the female body as she ages, her experience with her children growing up and moving out, divorce, death of her friends, the love of a great apartment, and more. Her wisdom flows throughout her intimate prose and I devoured this book very quickly. #bookreview

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t too sure about the first essay or two, but as she got into the later ones about parenting, house attachment, reading, and writing I was wooed and feel in love with her voice, style, and these essays. I comfy read with quick little essays that can be read here and there around other books and errands. I will pick up some of her others!

marleed I love reading her books! 2y
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TheBookDream
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Finished this in less than a day. Touching and hilarious essays I can definitely believe were written by the screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally... #awesomeaugust #readathon

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KimHM
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💙📚💙📚💙📚💙📚💙📚💙📚💙📚💙📚💙

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Jen_Reads
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It‘s nice having an ebook credit and paying next to nothing for a book and by someone I‘ve been wanting to read

Julsmarshall This was great in audio too! 2y
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steffakish
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Happy #WorldBookDay ya‘ll! I love books so much and I‘m sure you all do too — they are there for us when no one else is, we feel understood and connected through them. What are you guys reading to celebrate?

#happyreading #BooksConnectUs #tbr
#currentlyreading #bookshelf

BookishMarginalia Beautiful bookshelves! 2y
steffakish @BookishMarginalia thank you! 🙌🏾 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

This was a great audiobook to listen to while #audiowalking!

jmtrivera I really like Ephron's writing! 3y
Suet624 You‘re right. I enjoyed the audio a lot. 3y
Sharpeipup I just finished it myself & enjoyed her narration. 3y
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marleed
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Oh sure, you might wonder - Didn‘t she recently post a similar #NFNov pic after reading, I Remember Nothing? No wonder she followed up with this book.

Well, there is that. But also, I was looking in the mirror this week while getting all dolled up for a dinner. I gotta tell ya, I feel bad about my neck :(

wanderinglynn 😂 I listened to the audio version last month & now I totally feel bad about my neck. Never really noticed it before. 3y
marleed @wanderinglynn That‘s exactly what happened to me. I never thought about looking at my neck before! Years ago when I was in my early 30s an older woman told this story of how she thought she was sexier tuning her back to her husband as she undressed - until she caught an accidental glimpse at her aging back. It was an hilarious story. That story came to mind when I studied my neck! I laughed at this book though! 3y
Crazeedi The first thing you look at is someone's neck, a dead giveaway on age, even if someone has had a facelift! I havent read this book, but my sisters and I have always observed necks!! 3y
marleed @Crazeedi Geez, I recent realized that i need to start thinking about my bare arms in photo ops. And now it‘s my neck, as well! I‘m going to have to just embrace this age thing! 3y
Crazeedi @marleed yep! Triceps and necks! LOL!!!! 3y
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bookishbitch
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Pickpick

I loved this. It is really funny. Plus it reminds me of one of my aunt's, who I love. I only wished it were longer.

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wanderinglynn
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Mehso-so

I listened to the audiobook, which is great because it‘s read by Nora herself. But I felt bogged down in some of the essays, mainly because I cant relate to her. I appreciate her voice and her writing talent. My favorite was On Rapture because it‘s all about book love and relatable.

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JenlovesJT47
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Pickpick

This is my first Nora Ephron book and I found it quite enjoyable. It‘s more of a random collection of essays than a cohesive story, but she was pretty funny, and I found myself relating to her about different things, especially when she talks about her love of books. Will definitely be reading more of her books. 4⭐️

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purebugbeauty72
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sophierayton
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Pickpick

This is my first Nora Ephron book. She seems like she was a fun woman. I don't appreciate her thoughts on grooming, but I do appreciate that was her reality many other women's too.

Weaponxgirl I remember loving the essay on bags! They need to be big! Who can survive with a small bag, where do the books go? 3y
sophierayton @Weaponxgirl I did laugh when she said that her answer to the bag problem was to wear a large coat with pockets - that is totally my method too. And books go in my handy-dandy tote bag I bought from the library - about as cool as her metro bag I'm sure.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/299559812700947999/
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Weaponxgirl That is a good bag! I have a mans leather jacket and the depth and amount of pockets is life changing! Why do we get crap pockets on women‘s clothes? Why?! 3y
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frenky_muller
Pickpick

Wonderful.

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UwannaPublishme
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Nora‘s hilarious wisdom lives on....😁❤️

PurpleyPumpkin Hey Donna! I see that you‘re a pen pal and I was wondering, could we exchange happy mail too? I wasn‘t sure if I wanted to join a bigger group, but I‘d enjoy exchanging stories with you off Litsy. If you‘re interested, send me an email: timotei000 at icloud dot com. And no worries at all if you‘ve got enough on your plate! I completely understand as I‘ve seen the mail you‘ve received already. Just thought I‘d check. 😉 4y
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin Yay! I‘d love to! I was going to ask you to join our group so we could pen pal. Great minds think alike. 😊 Will email you right now. ✍🏻 4y
PurpleyPumpkin Oh yay! So glad that you‘re up for this! Looking forward to this. 🙌🏽😉 4y
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin Me too! 🙌🏻Just sent you an email. Here‘s mine: djadesigns@gmail.com 4y
PurpleyPumpkin Awesome! I‘ll be sure to email you back later today. 💌 4y
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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

There were parts of this I liked, such as the author‘s love affair with NYC and her descriptions of life in the neighborhoods there, as well as her chapter about “book rapture”.

Then there were parts I didn‘t like, such as how much time women “have” to spend on beauty maintenance. I‘m a believer in doing things for yourself. If plucking your eyebrows or shaving whatever you want to shave makes you feel good, go for it. But I‘ll never support ⬇️

Soubhiville Feeling obligated to spend an hour on your hair and makeup every day before you leave the house just because if you don‘t you‘ll be mortified if anyone sees you! Life‘s too short for that BS. 4y
Bibliogeekery Amen! 4y
megnews Hear! Hear! 4y
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AmyG Ha! My girlfriend and I just had a conversation about women, aging and plastic surgery....the need to look as attractive as you were when you were young. Whatever happened to aging gracefully? (edited) 4y
Coffeedaily A naturally aging face is infinitely more beautiful than an aging facelift. 4y
Soubhiville @AmyG and @Coffeedaily I do not understand plastic surgery. Regular necessary surgery is scary enough, no way I‘d do it just for vanity‘s sake. 4y
BibliOphelia 🙌🙌 4y
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Exia
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KarenUK
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#timbitunes #everythingismovingsofast
As my amazing MIL used to say “Getting old sucks!” , and Nora Ephron echoes that feeling in these hilarious essay collections. Love her writing.... 💕

TheKidUpstairs Such a talented, funny lady! 4y
Cinfhen I loved 4y
JennyM This was a great read 4y
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captainpunchmerica
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this more than I did. Not bad just light to the point of feeling unfinished. Eh.

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Soubhiville
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Is anyone else getting really excited for the #24in48? I‘ve been picking through my books and this is my current TBR stack to pull from. I know there‘s no way I‘ll read them all, but it gives me some good variety. It‘s still a week and a half away, so things may change by then too 😊.

What preparations have you been making for your next ‘thon?

Soubhiville (On top is my kindle 📚😊) 4y
Kalalalatja I‘m so excited for it! I actually have no plans that weekend, so I‘m hoping to read A LOT! And I need to start planning my stack 📚 4y
Tonton Wowser stack! (edited) 4y
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Jasmineleah
Pickpick

All the feels in this one!

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DustiD67
Pickpick

I love Nora's movies so to find her book second hand was a little gem. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light yet poignant reading. Very accurate about aging and yet made me laugh out loud at how relatable it is. Like spending the day with a good friend chatting about life. You could feel her love for New York.

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DustiD67
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So enjoying this book. Light-hearted and yet poignant. ❤️

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DustiD67
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"My life changes: I write magazine article about having small breasts. I am now a writer." That makes me smile. I love how Nora takes the mundane and elevates it with humor so I can laugh, even at myself.

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DustiD67
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Love reading!

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DustiD67

"How damaged does your hair have to be to qualify as 'damaged'?" Love this line ???! She is for women what Bill Bryson is for travel.

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DustiD67

"of course it's true that now that I'm older, I'm wise and sage and mellow. And it's also true that I honestly do understand just what matters in life. But guess what? It's my neck" ???

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DustiD67

So I was reading a weight loss book but I cannot stomach another book about it. 😅. So thought I'd switch to a different a book. Love Nora Ephron's movies so eager to read her book.

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mrozzz
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Pickpick

Exactly what I wanted it to be! These essays are so revealing & real and I have every intention of aging into the exact type of woman she was. 🙌🏻

The title essay had be laughing out loud, as she explained why she and her friends tend to dress to similarly (hiding their neck with various accessories and turtlenecks) and how her true love was her apartment on the Upper West Side and how loathsome purses are, and yet impossible to live without...

Weaponxgirl The purse one had me laughing so hard and is exactly how I pick my bags 4y
mrozzz Oh my god it was SO accurate. 😂. @Weaponxgirl 4y
Leftcoastzen I remember loving it ,many lol moments. 4y
mrozzz @Leftcoastzen I might listen again in the near future when I need a pick me up! 4y
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parttimedomestic
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I was really hoping to have more reading time on my vacation, but it ended up being a little stressful. My inlaws are always challenging, but this trip was truly a disaster.

Here is a picture of the only things that kept me going, my husband and nephew. ❤️ Also the only book I finished, during a painfully awkward drive down from beautiful Lake Tahoe.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ to the very funny Nora Ephron.
💔 To a very dysfunctional family vacation.

Kaye Sorry about your family malfunctions. We‘ve got a steamship full of them. Sorta like the Titanic and you know what happened there. I feel your pain. 4y
Reviewsbylola I‘m sorry your vacation was a bust. 😞 4y
parttimedomestic @Kaye ❤️ Thanks, families are hard sometimes. 4y
parttimedomestic @Reviewsbylola Thanks, ❤️. At least I got to see my nephew! 4y
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CogsOfEncouragement
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Pickpick

This #audiomemoir was what I had hoped it would be. Telling it like it is, sister to sister.

KateFulfordAuthor If you like laugh-out-loud dialogue, a fast & twisty plot + strong female narrative, may I recommend my debut novel to you? Links to reviews and more are in my bio. With thanks, Kate. 4y
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Wellreadhead
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Found this sweet little post card inside a Nora Ephron book today!
What are some of the things you guys have found tucked inside the covers of used books?

benchley1 We get a lot of picture bookmarks and get well cards. And doctor appointment type stuff 4y
TheFunkyBookworm This little girl is my spirit animal lol love this! 4y
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HelloImJez I found a receipt for a Month Python DVD in a book once 🤔😆 4y
Angitron Aww...I just love this!! 4y
bookish_wookish i love this! 4y
OneCent76 Laxatives, bills, receipts, study notes, grocery lists. I love this card, very sweet! 4y
RainyDayReading Receipt from WaldenBooks (bookstore now out of business), signed bookmark, Pokémon card, flyer with a fetus on it (some sort of abortion shaming thing I think), dentist appt reminder card, a card of encouragement and random store receipts. I love seeing what people leave behind in books. 4y
Wellreadhead Cool, I‘ve found some pretty weird things over the years myself, but I always like to find things like this. It‘s like a window into another persons life. 4y
CountAlaric I love finding things in used books 4y
deactivate I ran a bookstore that had a used book section. I found everything from receipts from when the book was originally purchased, photos, cards, flowers, newspaper clippings, even a punchcard that was used to run early computers. I would always examine and melt away at every artifact, then put it back in the book so the next owner could find it. 4y
Wellreadhead Sweet! 4y
Page55 When I was a librarian I found $200 in a book 4y
Wellreadhead @page55 Librarians rock! 4y
jillrhudy Another librarian here. Never found $200. Little lovely paintings, vintage bookmarks, old advertisements, letters, photos, pressed flowers. 4y
Wellreadhead @jillrhudy It‘s like a time capsule! 4y
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StephanieGeiser
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Mehso-so

I don‘t think I was the right demographic to be reading this book. It was funny but I wasn‘t really able to relate to some parts. If I were to revisit it in a couple decades I would probably like it better, which is why it will be a “so-so” from me rather than a “pick.”

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m guessing I‘m at least 10-15 years older than you, and I also gave this just a So-so. I think it could be the book, not the readers. 👵🏻😍 5y
StephanieGeiser @BarbaraTheBibliophage Haha Well that‘s good to hear! I love Nora Ephron and wanted to love this book but it fell a little flat for me. I‘m glad that it may not be an age-related issue. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @StephanieGeiser This was the first of her books I‘ve read. Knowing you liked the others will make me consider them! 5y
StephanieGeiser P.S. No offense intended towards the “target demographic” implied in my original post. It‘s just how I felt while reading this particular pick. 5y
StephanieGeiser @BarbaraTheBibliophage I haven‘t read any of her other books but I‘ve loved many of the movies she‘s written. I figured the jump from script to novel would be pretty seamless. I‘ll give another one of her books a shot before I make a final verdict. This may not have been her best showing. 5y
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Cinfhen
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#FierceFeb I think Nora Ephron was able to convey #ImEveryWoman in some of her musings and observations. Written in 2006 her humor is still current today although some might be put off by her privileged upbringing.Our bookclub read this after Ephron passed away from Leukemia, which made the collection more interesting. Obviously, reading her essay “Maintenance” about spending hours on trying to look young, only to die young is a bitter pill.

LeahBergen I really love some of these tips. 👍🏻 5y
Cinfhen It's actually a really witty and wry collection of observations...especially if you're over a certain age😉 @LeahBergen 5y
Reggie Lol I think the dog one is true. 5y
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Cinfhen Yeah, it‘s definitely true @Reggie 😄 5y
batsy 😁 My sister and sister in law will definitely agree on the dog one! And 2 is sort of unexpectedly brilliant. 5y
TrishB I‘m definitely going with the dog one! 5y
Kalalalatja I‘m feeling the “order more than one dessert” 🍰🥧🍦🎂🍪🍩🍨🍧 5y
Cinfhen 😂😂and she‘s right....no point in making pie crust from scratch @TrishB @batsy @Kalalalatja 5y
Cathythoughts Loving these tips & I Agree the last four years Of therapy are a waste of money, a good friend who knows how to listen is often a better answer❤️ (edited) 5y
Suet624 I loved listening to her read the audio. Great book. 5y
DebinHawaii I have this book sitting in my #TBR stack. 📚👍 5y
Cinfhen It's really a fun read and super short @DebinHawaii #GoForIt 💜I'm sure the audio was great @Suet624 I think you'd find it refreshing as well @Cathythoughts 5y
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biblio_ginger
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My book hopefuls for @24in48 #24in48 !!!!! I've had a busy morning so I'm only at 2 hours, but I will catch up!!! 😆

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HeatherBookNerd
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Pickpick

Some of Ephron‘s essays are super entertaining and amusing, and some of them come from a such a privileged worldview that I could scarcely identify with her experiences. There‘s one bit about a homeless woman that seemed just in plain bad taste. There is, however, a lovely section on her love of reading that is marvelous. Overall, mostly a fun, quick audiobook.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Listening to Nora Ephron‘s I Feel Bad About My Neck. Loved this quote.

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MatchlessMarie
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*looks in closet*
I knew I didn‘t belong in this state! #TX

Andrea4 😂 5y
TommieMarie74 Hahaha!!! Awesome quote! 5y
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Howseldomtheydo
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KimHM 💙💚💜💖❤️💙💚💜💖❤️ 5y
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Oryx
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Another generous #giveaway - this one from @AJBowers

I'd love to read another Nora Ephron.

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DakotaWilde
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Next up!

Kendra.Diane This looks hilarious! 5y
DakotaWilde @Kendra.Diane Doesn't it?! I need a little laughter right now with all the holiday madness. 5y
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