Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941-June 26, 2012) was a playwright, screenwriter and novelist besides writing the book we just read for Book Club, "I Feel Bad About My Neck."  She grew up in a family of screenwriters and attached her name to many movies that most us know:  "Silkwood," "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail," and even "Julie and Julia."  She wrote, directed and produced many movies over her years on earth.  Our group, who are all women, laughed when we shared our thoughts about her book, which was published in 2006.  She has been nominated and has won many prestigious awards, but winning our hearts through her laughter with this book was a big hit with us.

We all loved the book.  One person said "she takes every day situations that aren't the greatest and makes them into a story, which made me laugh."

Nora said her mother taught her a very fundamental lesson of humor, which is "if you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you, but if you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it's your joke. You are the hero of the joke because you're telling the story."

She did tell a good story and we all laughed.  Great book for our evening out as friends.