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Nora Ephron is beloved for her delightful, witty, honest writing. Her latest book, a celebration of her work and life, contains excerpts from novels, screenplays, journalism, and her thoughts about aging and dying. On Nora's What I Will Miss List: waffles, the concept of waffles. On my What I Will Miss List: Nora Ephron.
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A whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Ephron, America's favorite funny — and perceptive — writer, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we've been living it these last forty years.

It's all here — from her writings on journalism, feminism, and being a woman (the notorious piece on being flat-chested, the clarion call of her commencement address at Wellesley) to her devastating best-selling novel, Heartburn, written in the wake of her disastrous marriage to Carl Bernstein, to her hilarious and touching screenplay for her movie When Harry Met Sally... ("I'll have what she's having"). From her ongoing love affair with food, recipes and all, to her extended takes on such iconic women as Lillian Hellman and Helen Gurley Brown to her pithy recent blogs on politics to her moving meditations on aging ("I Feel Bad About My Neck") and dying.

Her superb writing, her unforgettable movies, her honesty and fearlessness, her nonpareil humor have made Nora Ephron an icon for America’s women — and not a few of its men.

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“Celebrates Ephron’s talent for turning her experiences into material...The book’s most delicious offering is Ephron’s magazine journalism from the 1970s, with razor sharp profiles...and keenly intelligent reportage....The book documents the changing culture of the New York media world. ‘Everything is copy,’ Ephron’s mother always said. This collection fulfills that motto with aplomb, and will likely serve as a perfect holiday gift for Ephron fans.” Publishers Weekly (boxed)

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“Reading nearly 600 pages of Ephron in one volume is a joy, not only due to the range of her interests, her capacious mind, her mixture of humor and satire and self-deprecation, but also her skill as a stylist. Few writers of Ephron’s range and output have written so few clunky sentences or so many memorable ones. Included is perhaps her most famous essay...which expounded on the flatness of her chest; her neck became as famous as her chest but not until 2003. Ephron might be best remembered, however, for her searing insights into the craft of journalism and the complications of feminism. A delightful collection from a unique, significant American writer.” Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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Nora Ephron was the author of the hugely successful I Feel Bad About My Neck, I Remember Nothing, and Heartburn. She received Academy Award nominations for best original screenplay for When Harry Met Sally . . . , Silkwood, and Sleepless in Seattle, which she also directed. Her other credits include the recent hit play Lucky Guy and the films You’ve Got Mail and Julie & Julia, both of which she wrote and directed. She died in 2012.

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Cristal, December 22, 2013 (view all comments by Cristal)
If you are interested in history of journalism (and weren't alive for Watergate or even Kennedy's assassination) but you know Nora Ephron for her screenplays such as "When Harry Met Sally" this collection of Ephron's writing is a must-read. For those of us who were contemporaries (she was a decade or so older than me) this is also a must-read and also a walk through the momentous changes that happened after the Sixties.

The book is organized by the publications Ephron wrote for, so in a way it's a "journal of a journalist" in her own words, in her writings. You get a fly-on-the-wall view of events such as Watergate; she was one of the few who knew the identity of the informant "Deep Throat." She wrote about the feminist revolution. She blogged about "breaking up" with Bill Clinton. And she was very funny and sarcastic; one of my favorite pieces is the one on what happens to your neck when you age.

This is a wealth of Ephron's writing and assembled the way it is, this becomes "more than the sum of the parts" because it's a look-back at the huge changes from a half century ago. If you are a student of journalism, a blogger, a news junkie or love films and good writing, this book is a treasure and I recommend it to you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385350839
Author:
Ephron, Nora
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Subject:
Humor-Comedy Business and Criticism
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Publication Date:
20131029
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.57 x 6.71 x 1.82 in 2.14 lb

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Nora Ephron is beloved for her delightful, witty, honest writing. Her latest book, a celebration of her work and life, contains excerpts from novels, screenplays, journalism, and her thoughts about aging and dying. On Nora's What I Will Miss List: waffles, the concept of waffles. On my What I Will Miss List: Nora Ephron.

"Review" by , “Celebrates Ephron’s talent for turning her experiences into material...The book’s most delicious offering is Ephron’s magazine journalism from the 1970s, with razor sharp profiles...and keenly intelligent reportage....The book documents the changing culture of the New York media world. ‘Everything is copy,’ Ephron’s mother always said. This collection fulfills that motto with aplomb, and will likely serve as a perfect holiday gift for Ephron fans.”
"Review" by , “Reading nearly 600 pages of Ephron in one volume is a joy, not only due to the range of her interests, her capacious mind, her mixture of humor and satire and self-deprecation, but also her skill as a stylist. Few writers of Ephron’s range and output have written so few clunky sentences or so many memorable ones. Included is perhaps her most famous essay...which expounded on the flatness of her chest; her neck became as famous as her chest but not until 2003. Ephron might be best remembered, however, for her searing insights into the craft of journalism and the complications of feminism. A delightful collection from a unique, significant American writer.”
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