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Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron
Wallflower at the Orgy

elpunko, December 28, 2008

I bet a lot of people 's jaws dropped down to their chins
when this was published, back in the late 60's. This was by the same lady who wrote/directed the following movies ,You got Mail,Michael and Sleepless and Seattle,but you can hardly tell in some parts this is the same person. A lot of these essays where written when she was in her early 20's, when she was a reporter for the New York Post. You can tell the person writing this is really gutsy,a little naive and full of strong opinions.You will also notice she is wise behind her years and trying to find out were she fits in this world.She writes and pokes fun at just about everything, food, her favorite books and movies, feminism, Mike Nichols and how stupid Women's Wear magazine is.She gives wry explanations of what her essays are about which I thought was a nice touch.

My favorite essay is called Makeover - When our tomboyish, fashion-impaired heroine is made over as part as an assignment for a newspaper she is writing for.It ends up being an extremely uncomfortable ordeal. First off,these two flamboyant fashionistas that are doing the makeover panic when they see her because they have never done a makeover on a average looking person(They are used to making over super models)
They argue about what to do with her and eventually cover her long face in three pounds of pancake makeup and make her look like a old lady....

Another good one is Beach Wife's which is actually a short
story about a lawyer's wife vacationing in the South Hampton's with her two young children,while her husband works on a big case over the summer.She has a great summer but misses her old life and can't wait to get back to it..

What you may not like about it
The author likes to talk about her sexual fetishes a lot, some of them may make you uncomfortable.
She has a self depreciating sense of humor and tries too hard to be funny some times.

She has a hard time writing in first person. A few of them are written like a high school student's history report. The one about Ayn Rand is a good example of this.

This little girl has gone far far away and I miss her : I hope she writes something like this soon. Most of the movies she writes/directs are way too gooey for me. I like a little bit of ironic black humor now and then. I like people to give their opinions on things even if I think are wrong.It makes them interesting and worth investing time in.
I also liked it because, it is about an era that I have heard a lot about from middleaged people's perspectives. This book is a nice twist because it is told from a young woman's perspective who is living through it all.
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Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Blind Assassin

elpunko, December 28, 2008

This is very difficult what I am about to do. I really want to plug this book,so other people will pick it up and love as much as I do. I don't know how to categorize it,much less what to put in this review.
Here goes nothing.
When I first saw this book a few years ago in Wal-Mart, I immediately wrote it off as "chick lit." Mostly, because of the flapper girl on the cover. Then about a month ago, I saw her again looking at me straight in the eye, at the library. So I gave her a second chance.
As as I read the first sentence, I realized I had stumbled into something special.
The book is divided into two separate stories, part science fiction/love story & part sprawling epic spanning over fifty years.
The first story is told by an 83 year old woman, Iris Chase Griffin.She has lived an extraordinary life like marrying a business tycoon really young and sailing all around the world with him on the maiden voyage of The Queen Mary cruise liner ship in the thirties. But there also a lot of tragedies that occur in her life as well.
She is writing her memoirs for her estranged granddaughter,Sabrina that her drug addicted daughter and evil sister-in-law never let her see. Iris has kept tabs on Sabrina and knows all about her. She also knows with her heart condition this is her final chance to set the records straight for her granddaughter and let her know how special she was to Iris even thought have never really talked.

The other story is science fiction/love saga supposedly written by Iris's obnoxious ,irrepressible kid -sister Laura, which was published after she died in a freak car accident. The novel was called "The Blind Assassin". It is about these two unnamed lovers, that meet in secret and drink, make love and tell goofy science fiction stories to each other.
One of them ties in perfectly with Iris's story on many levels, and other one is a really silly comic book one about alien women who grow on trees and laugh and agree with whatever the men say, and satisfy every desire they want every minute of the day. But soon the men realize that this gets kind of boring after a while.

The Blind Assassin was my favorite part because it reminds of me of a graphic novel. I like that the author interspersed the stories together. It kept me craving more information from Iris's true story and the Blind Assassin gave me a break from Iris. She was a decent narrator. But she is a total snob at times, and has this very annoying "victim complex" that she carried around with her into her old age.

The one big complaint I have is that there too many characters and things going at the same time and it makes parts of this book extremely hard to shovel through. (The parts where Iris blathers on and on about her entire family tree for at least fifty pages are a good example of what I am talking about)It was instances like this when I wanted to put the book down, but I kept reading it to see what happened in the end and it was rewarding and well worth it.

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Biodegradable Soap by Amy Ephron
Biodegradable Soap

elpunko, December 28, 2008

So I really this enjoyed this fun story about a bleeding Heart Yuppie named Claudia who is absolutely obsessed with recycling and eating Organic everything.
She is so busy saving the world from pollution,that she doesn't notice what is going on in her own marriage, or all the wonderful things she is missing out on in life.

It also focuses on the relationships between her friends and their spouses and their lovers, and their
gossipy personal trainer who has a heart made of black coal.
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