I’m on a bit of a comedienne kick lately. And I’m loving it.
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Eprhon was on my TBR list for quite some time. When I realized it was also under 150 pages (on the Pop Sugar prompts) I knew I had to finally read it. While I’m not the target demographic (I don’t feel bad about my neck, yet) I still thoroughly enjoyed it! Ephron is smart and subtly funny, and reading this book just made me want watch You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, or When Harry Met Sally. According to a New York Times article about the book the various essays were written for magazines and newspapers before being compiled for the book.
The chapter about Maintenance is my favorite with the parts about hair speaking to me most. “…The amount of maintenance involving hair is genuinely overwhelming. Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.” Maybe it’s just me, but I can be incredibly vain about my hair. The amount I stress about my hair is what is probably causing it to fall out…
I started Why not Me? while on the train from New York City to Boston. It made the four hour train ride on an overheated train car go by so much more quickly! I read her previous book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns, and this one is just as great. Mindy Kaling is hilarious! I especially appreciated the honesty in the essays on body image and the crazy Hollywood beautification process– it’s ok to want to be a few pounds lighter or enjoy pampering spa treatments, but those attributes are not a person’s only defining characteristics.
“I want to say one last thing, and it’s important. Though I am a generally happy person who feels comfortable in my skin, I do beat myself up because I am influenced by a societal pressure to be thin. All the time. I feel it the same way anybody who picks up a magazine and sees Keira Knightley’s elegantly bony shoulder blades poking out of a backless dress does. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my shoulder blades once. Honestly, I’m dubious that any part of my body could be so sharp and firm as to be described as a “blade.” I feel it when I wake up in the morning and try on every single pair of my jeans and everything looks bad and I just want to go back to sleep. But my secret is: even though I wish I could be thin, and that I could have the ease of lifestyle that I associate with being thin, I don’t wish for it with all of my heart. Because my heart is reserved for way more important things.”
I love that Mindy Kaling is simultaneously a celebrity and also a completely normal person who has friend break ups and weird dating stories. Although her work schedule sounds absolutely awful… If you want to laugh and feel like you’ve found your new best friend, look no further.