I Feel Bad About My Neck

Author: Nora Ephron

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407037781

Category: Humor

Page: 224

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'So bold and so vulnerable at the same time. I don't know how she did it' - Phoebe Waller-Bridge Now with an introduction from Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love, revealing how a new generation of women can take inspiration from Nora's sharp wit and wisdom about life. * Never marry a man you wouldn't want to be divorced from. * If the shoe doesn't fit in the shoe store, it's never going to fit. * When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you. * If only one third of your clothes are mistakes, you're ahead of the game. * Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for by the age of forty-five. __________________________________________________________________ 'I give this as a present more than other book. I buy it for people so often that I've been known to give girlfriends two copies, one birthday after another' - Dolly Alderton __________________________________________________________________ 'I am only one of millions of women who will miss Nora's voice' Lena Dunham 'Oh how I loved Nora Ephron' Nigella Lawson 'Funny, knowing and smart' India Knight 'The book that most influenced me' Lily Allen 'Nora's exacting, precise, didactic, tried-and-tested, sophisticated-woman-wearing-all-black wisdom is a comfort and a relief' Dolly Alderton

I feel Bad about my Dick: Lamentations of Masculine Vanity and Lists of Startling Pertinence

Author: Darryl Ponicsán

Publisher: Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press

ISBN: 1545754217

Category: Humor

Page: 160

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At a library used book sale, Ponicsán picked up a copy of Nora Ephron’s bestseller, “I Feel Bad About My Neck.” It inspired him over the next several years to answer her observations from the male point of view and over a different bodily part, and to direct it to Ephron’s audience. Part memoir, part parody, part social analysis. (Publisher’s note: This is not just a guy’s book, or an old guy’s book..It’s amusing and full of interesting tales and insights for any gender, and maybe let’s women take a look into the other gender’s view). “…light-hearted…waxing alternately philosophical and vinegary as he takes us on a trip through Hollywood’s movie business, the Watts riots, breakfast cereal, sex and invasive medical procedures. There are engaging digressions into the life of a script doctor, politics, porn, the benign-neglect style of parenting his folks practiced and the beauty of non-attachment. He moves it all along smoothly, never letting truth stand in the way of a good story…If you like charming stories, good writing and a few laughs, ignore the title and buy this book.” -Brady T. Brady, published short stories in the anthology Editor’s Choice III Fiction from U.S. Small Press and in the Hawaii Review and the San Francisco Reader, among others.

So Sad Today

Author: Melissa Broder

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1455562718

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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From acclaimed poet and creator of the popular twitter account @SoSadToday comes the darkly funny and brutally honest collection of essays that Roxane Gay called "sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous." Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn't abate for months. So she began @sosadtoday, an anonymous Twitter feed that allowed her to express her darkest feelings, and which quickly gained a dedicated following. In So Sad Today, Broder delves deeper into the existential themes she explores on Twitter, grappling with sex, death, love low self-esteem, addiction, and the drama of waiting for the universe to text you back. With insights as sharp as her humor, Broder explores--in prose that is both ballsy and beautiful, aggressively colloquial and achingly poetic--questions most of us are afraid to even acknowledge, let alone answer, in order to discover what it really means to be a person in this modern world.

Nora Ephron

Author: Liz Dance

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476619298

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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Nora Ephron famously claimed that she wrote about every thought that ever crossed her mind, from her divorce from Carl Bernstein (Heartburn) to the size of her breasts (“A Few Words About Breasts”). She also wrote screenplays for three of the most successful contemporary romantic comedies—When Harry Met Sally (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998). Often considered mere light-hearted romantic comedies, her screenwriting has not been the subject of serious study. This book offers a sustained critical analysis of her work and life and demonstrates that Ephron is no lightweight. The complexity of her work is explored through the context of her childhood in a deeply dysfunctional family of writers.

I'll Have What She's Having

Author: Erin Carlson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316353906

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron's revered trilogy--When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle--which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer/director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women, from Mindy Kaling to Lena Dunham. In I'll Have What She's Having entertainment journalist Erin Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics. With a cast of famous faces including Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip to Ephron's New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron--who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it--ruled the set with an attention to detail that made her actors feel safe but sometimes exasperated crew members. Along the way, Carlson examines how Ephron explored in the cinema answers to the questions that plagued her own romantic life and how she regained faith in love after one broken engagement and two failed marriages. Carlson also explores countless other questions Ephron's fans have wondered about: What sparked Reiner to snap out of his bachelor blues during the making of When Harry Met Sally? Why was Ryan, a gifted comedian trapped in the body of a fairytale princess, not the first choice for the role? After she and Hanks each separatel balked at playing Mail's Kathleen Kelly and Sleepless' Sam Baldwin, what changed their minds? And perhaps most importantly: What was Dave Chappelle doing . . . in a turtleneck? An intimate portrait of a one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen.

Navel Gazing

Author: Michael Ian Black

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476748837

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 208

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When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he's not getting any younger, Black reexamines his life as a middle-aged guy-- in the deadpan wit and self-deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.

I Feel Great About My Hands

Author: Shari Graydon

Publisher: D & M Publishers

ISBN: 9781553658443

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Nora Ephron struck a chord with I Feel Bad about My Neck. Women’s advocate and acclaimed writer Shari Graydon set out to counter the supposed downhill slide–inspired grief by inviting notable women from across Canada — all over 50 — to provide an alternative perspective. I Feel Great about My Hands is a collection of stories, essays and poems embracing the changes, discoveries and wisdom that come with age. This colourful anthology includes: Gemini award–honoured funnywoman Mary Walsh on playing a “big, loud, opinionated old bag” Celebrated poet Lorna Crozier’s hilariously graphic “My Last Erotic Poem” Val Napoleon, an adopted Gitksan member of Cree heritage applying Aboriginal trickster tales to modern attitudes about aging Shari Graydon herself focusing her “face-half-unwrinkled” attention on the hands that have helped her nurture life and express creativity and joy Royalties from the book will benefit Media Action, an organization dedicated to challenging the under-representation and sexualization of women in the media.

I Feel Bad about My Neck

Author: Nora Ephron

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781594132759

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 173

View: 4584


With her disarming, intimate, and dry sense of humor, Ephron shares her ups and downs in this bestselling look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

Some of My Best Friends

Author: Tajja Isen

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 0385697325

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

View: 656


A fearless and darkly comic essay collection about race, justice and the limits of good intentions from the editor in chief of Catapult. In this stunning debut collection, award-winning voice actor and cultural critic Tajja Isen explores the absurdity of living in a world that has grown fluent in the language of social justice but doesn’t always follow through. These nine daring essays explore the sometimes troubling and often awkward nature of that discord. Some of My Best Friends takes on subjects including the cartoon industry’s pivot away from color-blindcasting, the pursuit of diverse representation in the literary world, the law’s refusal to see inequality, and the cozy fictions of nationalism. Throughout, Isen deftly examines the quick, cosmetic fixes society makes to address systemic problems and reveals the unexpected ways they can misfire. In the spirit of Zadie Smith, Cathy Park Hong and Jia Tolentino, Isen interlaces cultural criticism with her lived experience to explore the gaps between what we say and what we do, what we do and what we value, and what we value and what we demand.